Dow recognized for resin-coated proppant helpful to shale oil

By Luke Geiver | April 08, 2019

A special proppant designed by Dow for the shale oil and gas industry helped the Michigan chemical giant earn a prestigious Edison award. The awards are given every year to honor excellence in innovation. Dow’s trademarked VORARAD downhole sequestration technology earned a silver award.

According to Dow, the resin-coated proppant can inhibit harmful isotopes, like radium, from rising to the surface, which aides in minimizing the amount of naturally occurring radioactive material that is brought to the surface during flowback production.

The coated sand is able to trap Radium particles downhole and also create a stronger network of frack matrices by limiting the amount of sand that can travel back to the surface after pressure pumping is complete and a well is on production.

Dow’s lab tests on the material show that it can reduce Radium in isotopes of water by as much as 65 percent.

The ability of the resin-coated sand to stay secure downhole also helps to reduce pipe and pump blockage.

In addition to the resin-coated sand product created for the unconventional oil and gas industry, Dow was also recognized for work creating better photovoltaic elastomers, packaging material, ecofriendly coloring for cottons, and heat-resistant packaging.

Being recognized with an Edison Award has become one of the highest accolades a company can receive in the name of innovation and business, the awarding entity explained. “The awards are named after Thomas Alva Edison (1847 to 1931) whose inventions, new product development methods and innovative achievements that changed the world, garnered him 1,093 U.S. patents and made him a household name around the world.”