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UK Environmental Coalition Pursues Very Large Scale Decarbonization Technology in Support of Government’s Recently Announced Clean Growth Initiative

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London, June 7, 2018
UK Environmental Coalition Pursues Very Large Scale Decarbonization Technology in Support of Government’s Recently Announced Clean Growth Initiative

On Wednesday 23 May, UK Energy and Clean Growth Minister Claire Perry announced the UK’s goal to lead an international challenge with Saudi Arabia and Mexico to remove carbon from emissions.

Consistent with this objective and highlighting the important role of innovation in supporting cost reduction, Very Large Scale Decarbonization Partners (VLS Decarb) announced its intention to carry out field trials of its profoundly large scale capable CO2 sequestration system in several UK and EU locations.

The company’s major-market patented and globally patent pending suite of technologies hold the potential to sequester atmospheric CO2 at the levels stipulated by the Paris Climate Change Accord of December 2015. Specifically, it could remove volumes of CO2 sufficient to arrest the progression of climate change and potentially reverse harmful effects being experienced from unmitigated CO2 emissions of human origins.

The VLS Decarb Research and Development Consortium – During the past five years, the technology has been advanced by an extensive R&D collaboration involving VLS Decarb’s academic and industry partners, the Energy Safety Research Institute (ESRI) at Swansea University and an international array of academic and governmental institutions and funding agencies. This research and development partnership, funded by Innovate UK, has led to the development of novel materials that are key to enabling the Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) concept.

In addition to an industry partnership with Glass Technology Services (GTS), ESRI brings a significant ongoing collaboration agreement with King Saud University, which aligns with the UK Government’s international challenge with Saudi Arabia. The enabling research for this project has been supported by Innovate UK, the Welsh Government Sêr Cymru Chair Programme, and the FLEXIS project, which is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) through the Welsh Government.

 

Field Trials – In the field thus far, specifically focused and scoped tests have been undertaken which have demonstrated the viability of various key components of the system. The complete process will be tested in field trials going forward and the results are expected to demonstrate the widespread applicability of the technology and its commercial viability and self-sustaining features, such as supporting intermittent supplies of electric power generation (wind, wave and sun) while also providing the electric power required to drive the sequestration process itself.

The CO2 storage and power generation potentials are:

  • Approximately 35 years of global electric power requirements net of the energy consumed in sequestering all global CO2 emissions from all sources during the same time interval is provided by VLS Decarb alone.
  • If wind, wave and solar, along with similar cohorts of clean (carbon neutral) energy sources could provide 50% of needs during the time we are sequestering, the result would obviously be approximately 70 years of carbon free electricity worldwide, with zero net CO2 emissions from all sources.

 

Table of VLS Decarbonization Global Potentials – CO2 Sequestration & Surplus Power Supply

Units

CO2 Sequestration – MMT

3X Average Adsorption Ratio

Power Generation – TWh

Developed World Average Heat Rate

Global Statistics in 2015 35,700 24,000
Global Technically Recoverable – 7,570 TCF 1,259,500 1,018,250
Years of Global Coverage @ 100%
Surplus After Sequestration @ 3X
35.3 42.4
33.9
Years of Global Coverage @ 50%
Assumes Wind, Wave, Sun, Other = 50%
70.6 84.9
Surplus Power After Sequestration 67.9

 

Here is how it works… Research data demonstrates that the best use of unconventional (shale) reservoirs is to store CO2, the noxious byproduct of burning natural gas and other fossil fuels. Shale formations, which are ubiquitous in the Earth’s crust, can potentially be harnessed to permanently store injected CO2 for time intervals measured in geologic terms, literally hundreds of millions of years. The following image illustrates the process, which occurs in eight basic steps:

Steps 1, 2 & 3 – Temporarily accessing planetary shale source rocks with a completely non-toxic production system and removing the natural gas (methane) within them.

Steps 4 & 5 – Massive surplus electric power production (net of the carbon capture and sequestration operations) while simultaneously achieving an extraordinary negative carbon footprint and the production of large volumes of fresh water.

Step 6, 7 & 8 – Refilling the emptied reservoir spaces with many times more volumes of atmospheric carbon dioxide than generated from the extracted methane, and then terminating the access pathways from these containers via natural bio-degradable means resulting in permanent large-scale CO2 sequestration throughout geologic time which is not dependent upon vertical well bore durability.

ESRI Founder and Director Prof Andrew R Barron said, “Through funding of various components by the UK and the EU via the Welsh Government, this work has focused on one of the biggest challenges facing humanity in the next decades and has been a true multi-vector collaboration. The beauty of this effort is that it is based on an entirely new approach that takes into account the scope of the CCS challenge as well as the economic reality that must accompany CCS. These efforts fit in with the Glass Futures Initiative that is aimed at creating future technologies and applications for the glass industry.”

VLS Decarb Founder John Francis Thrash MD said, “Carbon sequestration in source rock deposits is a universally available solution for permanently removing carbon from the environment that has been sitting plainly before our eyes and yet un-noticed until now. Ironically, the methane extraction allows for disposal of the necessary volume of CO2 required to reverse climate change. All of this is accomplished in one sustainable, commercially viable operation.”

About VLS Decarb, and the Energy Safety Research Institute

Very Large Scale Decarbonization Partners (VLS Decarb) has been formed to utilize the company’s proprietary suite of major market patented and globally patent pending technologies to further develop, and deploy at scale, clean commercial energy strategies which will result in profoundly reduced planetary atmospheric CO2 through emissions elimination and permanent sequestration.

John Francis Thrash MD is Chairman and CEO of VLS Decarb and a key contributor to the creation and development of VLS Decarb’s proprietary intellectual property.

The Energy Safety Research Institute is positioned to discover and implement new technology for a sustainable, affordable, and secure energy future and is housed on Swansea University’s new world class Bay Campus. ESRI provides an exceptional environment for delivering cutting edge research across energy and energy safety-related disciplines with a focus on renewable energy, hydrogen, carbon capture and utilization, as well as new oil and gas technologies.

Prof. Andrew R Barron is the Sêr Cymru Chair of Low Carbon Energy and Environment at Swansea and the Founder and Director of ESRI, as well as the Charles W. Duncan Jr.–Welch Chair of Chemistry and a Professor of Materials Science and Nanoengineering at Rice University in Houston, Texas. He is the recipient of a £9.2 million ($12.25 million) project “Reducing Industrial Carbon Emissions” that includes new technology demonstration of CO2 separation from industrial sources in South Wales.

Glass Technology Services is a globally recognised independent expert in glass research and development, testing and consultancy. Its team works with partners and customers at every stage of the development cycle and supply chain to drive innovation, growth and sustainability in glass. Their R&D projects range from development of new glass materials and manufacturing processes to product commercialisation. Recent work has spanned the medical, defence, energy, oil and gas, laser, optics/photonics and waste processing sectors.

 

 

Contacts

Prof. Andrew R Barron: e-mail: esri@swansea.ac.uk

John Francis Thrash MD: email: jfthrash@vlsdecarb.com
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ESRI: http://www.esri-swansea.org

Swansea University: http://www.swansea.ac.uk/
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ecorpStim successfully experiments Light Alkanes Stimulation in the Marcellus Shale

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eCORP Stimulation Technologies, LLC (“ecorpStim”) is proud to announce the successful field demonstration of its new Light Alkanes Stimulation (LAS) system, during which it safely stimulated the Marcellus Shale with a fluid other than water. This field demonstration is part of ecorpStim’s ongoing efforts to advance the development of shale gas in a sustainable manner and with minimal environmental impact.

The test, conducted in January and February 2016 in Fayette County, Pennsylvania, confirmed the mechanical performance of the light alkane (LAS) fluid working in conjunction with the simple natural sand proppant to achieve injection and subsequent mechanical breaking of the rock, placing fluid and sand within it.

The only fluid used to initiate the stimulation was pure mineral oil. These alkanes are non-flammable and completely safe: they are approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for human ingestion and exposure. They also have no adverse impacts on the environment: they are non-ozone depleting and have zero global warming potential.

Just like propane in pure propane stimulation (PPS) developed by ecorpStim, light alkanes are a component of natural hydrocarbon production from shales and conventional reservoirs. Thus, as they are already present in the reservoir, using them as the stimulation fluid does not damage the reservoir rock, and therefore should allow increased production from the well compared with traditional hydraulic fracturing. Likewise, light alkanes can also be self-supplied from the reservoir being stimulated. Lastly, they can be recycled through the reservoir and recovered for further use, in the same way as for propane and heptafluoropropane (as in ecorpStim’s NFP stimulation).

Light Alkanes Stimulation (LAS) also provides a greater flexibility (broad range of viscosity / density) which enables this new technology to be used in varied shale formations and operating conditions.

Dr. John Thrash, eCORP’s CEO and Chairman, stated, “We are extremely pleased with what we have confirmed with this procedure. We believe there is a certain path for sustainable shale gas development and this demonstration proves a viable clean alternative exists for stimulating shale. We intend to extend this design philosophy and demonstrate that a total reduced impact can be achieved through other innovations in drilling and exploration technologies we are developing at eCORP.

ecorpStim announces Light Alkanes Stimulation

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ecorpStim expands its range of waterless / chemicals free stimulation systems with its latest innovation: “Light Alkanes Stimulation” a non-flammable, non-toxic and environmentally safe shale stimulation fluid

eCORP Stimulation Technologies, LLC (“ecorpStim”), a subsidiary of eCORP International, LLC (“eCORP”), today announced plans to deliver a shale gas extraction technology which uses naturally occurring components in conventional and shale hydrocarbon production – a selection of low molecular weight alkanes or light alkanes* – that are usually referred to as “baby oil” in common language.

These alkanes are non-flammable and completely safe: they are approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for human ingestion and exposure. They also have no adverse impacts on the environment: they are non-ozone depleting and have zero global warming potential.

With Light Alkanes Stimulation (LAS), ecorpStim is going one step further in its constant search for health and environmental excellence in shale oil and gas extraction.

Patents are pending worldwide and ecorpStim is conducting further testing and experimentation of this technology in the United States in several basins this year.

Just like propane in pure propane stimulation (PPS) developed by ecorpStim, light alkanes are a component of natural hydrocarbon production from shales and conventional reservoirs. Thus, as they are already present in the reservoir, using them as the stimulation fluid does not damage the reservoir rock, and therefore should allow increased production from the well compared with traditional hydraulic fracturing. Likewise, light alkanes can also be self-supplied from the reservoir being stimulated. Lastly, they can be recycled through the reservoir and recovered for further use, in the same way as for propane and heptafluoropropane (as in ecorpStim’s NFP stimulation).

Light Alkanes Stimulation (LAS) provides a greater flexibility (broad range of viscosity / density) which enables this new technology to be used in varied shale formations and operating conditions. With Light Alkanes Stimulation (LAS), pure propane stimulation (PPS) and non-flammable propane stimulation (NFP), ecorpStim is now able to provide a full range of “green” stimulation systems using not a single drop of water and zero chemical additives, and which includes two non-flammable options.

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Dr. John Thrash, eCORP’s CEO and Chairman, stated: “Light Alkanes Stimulation represents our greatest enhancement to non-aqueous alternatives to stimulating a shale reservoir. With this innovation, we are reaching the highest level of health and environmental safety. Light alkanes are used in personal care, pharma, bakery, food or agriculture. They also have no impact whatsoever on the ozone layer or on climate change and are completely biodegradable. The option of Light Alkanes Stimulation marks a landmark development in the path for “ecological” yet technically efficient and cost effective shale gas development. We intend to extend this design philosophy and demonstrate that we can achieve a dramatically reduced impact through the combination of our stimulation technologies with other innovations in drilling and exploration technologies that we are developing at eCORP.* The term “low molecular weight alkanes” as used here refers to the subset of odorless colorless technical grade organic oils as described in the classifications and / or standards of U.S. Department of Agriculture, U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention, NF, BP, DAB, EuP, Japanese and other pharmacopoeias worldwide. Specifically excluded from this reference are other alkanes like natural gas, LPGs, and heavier alkanes which are often solids and possess different chemical characteristics.

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About eCORP International, LLC – Founded in 1978, eCORP and its predecessor companies have extensive oil and gas experience including underground natural gas storage, natural gas transportation, enhanced oil recovery in conventional reservoirs using propane and butane, exploration for and production of conventional and unconventional (shale) reservoirs, electric power generation and marketing of electricity and gas. www.ecorpintl.com

About ecorpStim – ecorpStim (eCORP Stimulation Technologies, LLC) was created in 2012 to provide European countries as well as those with limited water resources, with alternatives to hydraulic fracturing, using not a single drop of water and no chemical additives. These technologies are based on pure home grade propane (in pure propane stimulation or PPS), on heptafluoropropane (in NFP stimulation) or on light alkanes (in LAS). In addition to being “green” technologies, ecorpStim stimulation systems are appealing to shale oil and gas operators who are looking to improve well production in a challenging economic environment. www.ecorpstim.com

Montebourg report

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Read the full report by French Minister of Economy and Industry on shale gas opportunities for France, including the technical report on Propane Stimulation by ecorpStim.

Main Report

Unconventional Hydrocarbons in France – Perspectives opened by new technologies for exploration and exploitation

Download: Montebourg Report – Main Report – English translation

Technical Report

Exploitation of Source Rock Hydrocarbons through Propane Stimulation

Download: Montebourg Report – Technical Report – English Translation

Other Annexes

See French version here.

On the occasion of World Water Day 2015, ecorpStim recalls that Propane stimulation eliminates consumption of water for shale gas production

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On the occasion of World Water Day, on 22 March 2015, eCORP stimulation Technologies, LLC (ecorpStim) recalls that the technologies of propane stimulation and non-flammable propane stimulation contribute to the preservation of water resources by allowing extraction of unconventional hydrocarbons without a drop of water and zero chemical additives.

The United Nations’ World Water Day was observed on 22 March 2015. The main conclusion highlighted in the 2015 edition of the event, dedicated to “Water and Sustainable Development”, is that the planet is facing a 40% shortfall in water supply by 2030.

According to the World Water Development Report 2015, water demand for manufacturing is expected to increase by 400 per cent between 2000 and 2050 globally.The UN recalls the conflict of uses that can sometimes be associated with industrial techniques such as hydraulic fracturing:
WWDR2015
“Projects in hydropower, irrigation, energy or urban development that are carried out simultaneously and in isolation from each other can lead to water scarcity, unsustainable use of resources, and conflicts between users and local communities. For example, energy options such as biofuels and hydraulic fracturing, and agricultural options such as crop choice or irrigation, impact directly on water scarcity and/or water pollution. This is one reason that an integrated approach to managing water resources has been adopted by the United Nations and governments in many countries. That approach will need to be extended”.

ecorpStim applauds the awareness of issues generated by this new report, and recalls that alternative techniques to hydraulic fracturing developed by ecorpStim, using no water and zero chemical additives, enable to produce shale hydrocarbons without detrimental impact or diminishment of fresh water supplies.

The possibility to use a reusable gas instead of water as a stimulation fluid now solves the issue of the withdrawal of the natural resource, but also of the disposal and recycling of wastewater. In addition, technologies of Propane Stimulation and Non-Flammable Propane (NFP) Stimulation developed by ecorpStim will be particularly useful to explore areas subject to severe water stress.

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Download the World Water Development Report 2015 here.

Read more information on the benefits of Propane Stimulation here.

Glass Technology Services joins ecorpStim consortium seeking further advancements in ecological shale stimulation technologies

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Glass Technology Services – eCORP Stimulation Technologies, LLC (ecorpStim) is pleased to announce the addition of the Glass Technology Services (GTS), Sheffield, UK, (www.glass-ts.com) to ecorpStim’s clean shale stimulation research and development consortium.

Scientists at GTS who have many years’ experience in novel uses of glass based materials will assist the consortium research team – which includes doctors and scientists at Baylor College of Medicine (www.bcm.edu), Rice University (www.rice.edu), the Energy Safety Research Institute at Swansea University (www.swansea.ac.uk), and its collaborative partner University of Grenoble (www.grenoble-univ.fr) – in evaluating and furthering developments in delivery of ecorpStim’s non-water, chemical-free stimulation technologies.

The addition of GTS to the ecorpStim research consortium is important to furthering ecorpStim’s goals of advancing proprietary concepts for the use of silica, the raw material with which glass is made, in the environmentally sustainable development of shale hydrocarbon production.

One such patent pending technology involves the novel combination of two components only – a stimulation fluid (heptafluoropropane) and a proppant (mesoporous silica) – both of which are approved in different forms of medical treatments.

ecorpStim’s proprietary (patent pending) Pure Propane Stimulation and Non-Flammable Propane Stimulation technologies are being developed to reduce the environmental impacts associated with shale development to being only clean and temporary use of the well site. ecorpStim’s shale stimulation designs and operating practices constitute a revolutionary change for the industry.

Prof. Andrew R. Barron, Welch Chair of Chemistry at Rice University and Ser Cymru Chair at Swansea describes the collaboration as “a perfect blend of partners to create technology for the safe development of a sustainable, affordable and secure energy future.”

John Francis Thrash, M.D., CEO of ecorpStim, observed that “The unique use of these two agents that are approved for medical use helps to further advance our goals of providing stimulation technologies for the extraction of shale gas that are at the same time completely innocuous for human health and fully respectful of the environment. Ecological shale development can be expected to fuel massive job creation as much as it can fuel the economy of the producing and exporting country.”

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About Glass Technology Services Ltd (GTS) – based in Sheffield UK, GTS is a multi-disciplinary centre for testing, consultancy and research and development – specialising in glass and related materials. Accredited to ISO 9001, 14001 and 17025 standards, GTS provides a wide range of services to food and drink manufacturers, the design and construction industry, medical, pharmaceutical and biotech sectors, energy and defense sectors across the UK and internationally. For more information please visit www.glass-ts.com, email enquiries@glass-ts.com or telephone +44 (0) 114 290 1801.

About ecorpStim – The company ecorpStim (eCORP Stimulation Technologies, LLC) was created in 2012 to provide European countries, as well as those with limited water resources, with alternatives to hydraulic fracturing, based on pure home grade propane and without the use of chemicals, or on heptafluoropropane (in the case of NFP Stimulation). www.ecorpstim.com

About eCORP International, LLC – Founded in 1978, eCORP and its predecessor companies have extensive oil and gas experience including underground natural gas storage, natural gas transportation, enhanced oil recovery in conventional reservoirs using propane and butane, exploration for and production of conventional and unconventional (shale) reservoirs, electric power generation and marketing of electricity and gas. www.ecorpintl.com

Baylor College of Medicine joins ecorpStim consortium seeking further advancements in environmentally sustainable shale stimulation technology

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Baylor College of Medicine – eCORP Stimulation Technologies, LLC (ecorpStim) is pleased to announce the addition of the Baylor College of Medicine, Houston Texas, (www.bcm.edu) to ecorpStim’s clean shale stimulation research and development consortium.

Physicians and scientists at Baylor College of Medicine will assist the research team — which includes scientists at neighboring Rice University, Houston, Texas, the Energy Safety Research Institute and Swansea University Swansea, United Kingdom, and University of Grenoble, Grenoble, France – in evaluating and furthering developments in delivery of ecorpStim’s non-water, chemical-free stimulation technologies.

Paul Klotman, M.D., President, CEO and Executive Dean of Baylor College of Medicine said “We are pleased to participate in this project to make the harvesting of shale hydrocarbons environmentally sustainable and safe to humans.

John Francis Thrash, M.D., CEO of ecorpStim, observed that “The environmental safeguards being developed by the ecorpStim consortium can make it possible to achieve the beneficial effects from shale gas production ecologically and economically. We are very pleased to have Baylor College of Medicine join the consortium in these pursuits.

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About ecorpStim – The company ecorpStim (eCORP Stimulation Technologies, LLC) was created in 2012 to provide European countries, as well as those with limited water resources, with alternatives to hydraulic fracturing, based on pure home grade propane and without the use of chemicals, or on heptafluoropropane (in the case of NFP Stimulation). www.ecorpstim.com

About eCORP International, LLC – Founded in 1978, eCORP and its predecessor companies have extensive oil and gas experience including underground natural gas storage, natural gas transportation, enhanced oil recovery in conventional reservoirs using propane and butane, exploration for and production of conventional and unconventional (shale) reservoirs, electric power generation and marketing of electricity and gas. www.ecorpintl.com

Progress in Green Shale Gas Technologies: ecorpStim Research and Development Consortium Improves Cost Efficiency of Non-Flammable Propane (NFP) Stimulation Technology

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eCORP Stimulation Technologies, LLC (ecorpStim) is pleased to announce advances expected to further improve the cost effectiveness of ecorpStim’s non-water, non-chemical Non-Flammable Propane (NFP) stimulation technology, which is offered by the Company along with ecorpStim’s proprietary Pure Propane Stimulation (PPS) stimulation technology. Both technologies eliminate the large quantities of water and chemical additives typically used in today’s hydraulic fracturing.

With NFP, efforts are proceeding to dramatically reduce the cost of ecorpStim’s non-flammable stimulation fluid, Heptafluoropropane (HFP).

HFP is a non-flammable, non-toxic, non-ozone depleting gas commonly used in medicinal inhalers and fire extinguishers. For these use, HFP sterility and purity are of utmost importance.

ecorpStim and scientists at the Energy Safety Research Institute(ESRI) at Swansea University and the Department of Chemistry Rice University have an ongoing all-encompassing multi-disciplinary applied research program to enable HFP to be a cost effective stimulation fluid in common practice. The fundamental components being investigated include:

  • Process engineering
  • Commercial effects of HFP purity
  • Advanced field separation and recycling

eCORP/ecorpStim Board Member, D. Ronald Harrell, P.E., is also Chairman Emeritus of Ryder Scott, Co. Founded in 1937, Ryder Scott (www.ryderscott.com) is one of the largest, oldest and most respected reservoir-evaluation consulting firms in the industry. Mr. Harrell, who continues to stay current on developments concerning shale hydrocarbon exploration and exploitation, observed that “Time and time again we observe the effectiveness of multidisciplinary teams, such as the ecorpStim research consortium, where industrial, institutional and academic contributors come together to create major advancements such as those recently announced developments at ecorpStim”.

According to Professor Barron, “To date HFP has been manufactured for specific applications requiring an extreme focus on purity of one isomer of the HFP compound. This novel application brought to our research team by ecorpStim opens the door for examining a less costly manufacturing process. We are excited to have the opportunity to contribute to a new technology which is in concert with responsible energy development.” Andrew R. Barron is the Ser Cymru Chair of Low Carbon Energy and Environment at Swansea University and the Charles W. Duncan, Jr – Welch Chair of Chemistry at Rice University.

John Francis Thrash, M.D., CEO of ecorpStim, stated that “today we are confident that this multi-disciplinary approach will make it possible to reduce the cost of HFP as used in this industrial application to a level at least one full order of magnitude lower than the current cost of pharmaceutical grade HFP, much like the difference between the cost of drinking water versus the cost of water used for intravenous injection, a difference of many orders of magnitude.
If HFP can be employed in full scale operations at this lower cost, in combination with ecorpStim’s development of highly efficient capture and recycling systems, the effective cost in the field of Non-Flammable Propane stimulation should prove to be equal if not less than the cost to produce gas utilizing presently available water fracing methods
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About ecorpStim – The company ecorpStim (eCORP Stimulation Technologies, LLC) was created in 2012 to provide European countries, as well as those with limited water resources, with alternatives to hydraulic fracturing, based on pure home grade propane and without the use of chemicals, or on heptafluoropropane (in the case of NFP Stimulation). www.ecorpstim.com

About eCORP International, LLC – Founded in 1978, eCORP and its predecessor companies have extensive oil and gas experience including underground natural gas storage, natural gas transportation, enhanced oil recovery in conventional reservoirs using propane and butane, exploration for and production of conventional and unconventional (shale) reservoirs, electric power generation and marketing of electricity and gas. www.ecorpintl.com

ecorpStim consortium announces collaboration with Energy Safety Research Institute

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eCORP Stimulation Technologies, LLC (ecorpStim) is pleased to announce the expansion of the collaboration with scientists at Rice University announced March 24, 2014 to include the Energy Safety Research Institute (ESRI) at Swansea University.

The enlarged research group will build upon the work completed to date to extend and amplify their applied research in safety and environmental performance for shale gas development using HFP as a stimulation fluid replacing fresh water used in hydro-fracing.

HFP (heptafluoropropane) is a non-flammable, non-toxic, non ozone depleting gas commonly used in medical inhalers and fire extinguishers.

HFP is being developed by ecorpStim as a rigorously ‘green’ stimulation fluid for shale production, Non-Flammable Propane Stimulation, which eliminates the environmental concerns associated with the use of large quantities of water and chemical additives typically utilized in water-fracing procedures.

The focus of this partnership will be the comprehensive study and design of the safety aspects of achieving an environmentally and socially acceptable technology for oil and gas production from shales.

The key subject areas for collaborative study will include:

  • The capture, recycling and loss prevention of injected HFP
  • The chemistry and material science for systems associated with the use of HFP.

According to Professor Barron, “These planned research areas exemplify ESRI’s mission to develop new technologies to create a responsible energy future. This partnership expands our present research collaborations including those with Rice University and the University of Grenoble.” Andrew R. Barron is the Ser Cymru Chair of Low Carbon Energy and Environment at Swansea University and the Charles W. Duncan, Jr – Welch Chair of Chemistry at Rice University.

John Francis Thrash, M.D., CEO of ecorpStim, stated that “Our consortium’s work thus far supports the expansion of the study, and in our opinion at this juncture, there is little doubt that NFP stimulation can be safely delivered in the field with meticulous environmental care and concern. Although the technology has global application, in Europe today there is a very pressing need to sensibly unlock European based supplies of natural gas and oil.

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The Energy Safety Research Institute (ESRI) concentrates the College of Engineering’s strength in the energy sector and focuses on the safety issues surrounding the development and expansion of existing energy processes, as well as the safe deployment and integration of new energy technologies. For more information on ESRI, go to
http://www.swansea.ac.uk/campus-development/baycampus/informationonkeybuildings/energysafetyresearchinstitute/

About ecorpStim – The company ecorpStim (eCORP Stimulation Technologies, LLC) was created in 2012 to provide European countries, as well as those with limited water resources, with alternatives to hydraulic fracturing, based on pure home grade propane and without the use of chemicals, or on heptafluoropropane (in the case of NFP Stimulation). www.ecorpstim.com

About eCORP International, LLC – Founded in 1978, eCORP and its predecessor companies have extensive oil and gas experience including underground natural gas storage, natural gas transportation, enhanced oil recovery in conventional reservoirs using propane and butane, exploration for and production of conventional and unconventional (shale) reservoirs, electric power generation and marketing of electricity and gas. www.ecorpintl.com

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