Cold weather’s impact on industrial and construction projects has never been more evident as it’s been on oilfield applications. The economic relevance of sustainable production makes benefits such as freeze protection and frac tank heating, the tip of the oilfield iceberg. The harshest climates and environmental conditions are not acceptable excuses or reasons for shut downs or work stoppages.
There are many responsibilities and services these companies provide. Such services include rig transport and set-up, water transfer, and providing fluid and chemical treatment for flow enhancement. Each and every facet of the servicing process serves to benefit the production capabilities of the producing companies.
Energy production in the U.S. is at an all-time high. In fact, the U.S. is quickly catching up to foreign production levels. From the oil sands of Alberta, Bakken, Marcellus, Anadarko, Eagle Ford and Permian;shale oil production is quickly increasing. The use of effective heating solutions can be an important part of the cold-climate production and business strategy. Companies tasked with the production and servicing within these plays know and understand the critical nature of maintaining production regardless of the environmental conditions.
There are several means of providing heating solutions for the application needs of these oil and gas project sites. Some of these are:
- Hot Oilers
- Truck-Mounted Fluid Treatment
- Chemical Additives
- Electrical Heat Trace
- External Cladding / Insulation
- Electrically Powered Heat Spreading Technology / Blanketed Systems
Here are just a few of the applications in need of freeze protection or temperature control:
- Frac Tanks
- Frac Pools
- Piping Systems
- Holding / Storage Tanks
- Propane Tanks
- Diesel Storage / Transfer Tanks
As efficient as some of these heating methods are, there is always the need for custom solutions. In fact, some of the heating solutions themselves are in need of heat protecting their on-board systems.
The bottom line is there’s an essential need for heating solutions to protect everything from fluids to equipment and instrumentation. These solutions are not an expense; they’re an investment in sustainable production.