Manufacturing industry: Plasma Pulse Technology for fracking oil and gas

Manufacturing industry: Plasma Pulse Technology for fracking oil and gas

Typically, hydraulic fracking has involved the injection of a large amount of water along with certain chemicals into a shale formation to crack it open and thus allow hidden oil and gas reserves to rise to the surface. While the technology has caused an upsurge in the production of oil and gas where it is being used, it has proven to be controversial among some environmentalists. Besides, standard fracking is expensive in its use of water.

Propell Technologies group, according to the Wall Street Daily, has licensed a new technique called Plasma Pulse Technology or PPT. PPT works by sending electrically-induced plasma vibrations into a shale formation. The process releases oil and gas and at the same time will “reduce viscosity, increase permeability, and improve the flow of oil to the surface for extraction.”

The technology cannot be considered harmful to the environment in any way, since it doesn’t inject anything into the shale formations that contain the product being extracted. This quality is significant, as a large number of states in the United States and countries around the world move to ban hydraulic fracking.

Also, since the PPT technique is cheaper than standard fracking, the technology will serve oil and gas producers in good stead in an environment that has become increasingly competitive thanks to an abundance of fossil fuels.

The technology is in the early stages of development, having been tested in about 400 wells. But it has the potential to revolutionize oil and gas extraction much as hydraulic fracking already has.