The evaluation of the proposals to the Alternatives to Sand in Shale Development Challenge has now been completed, and five winners were announced. We would like to thank everyone who visited Statoil Innovate and showed interest in the challenge.
The goal of the Sand Challenge was to reduce truck trips by addressing the use and composition of proppants in shale production. A proppant is a solid material, typically sand or man-made ceramic materials designed to keep an induced hydraulic fracture open, during or following a fracturing treatment.
We were seeking both a lighter or more compact replacement for currently used proppants and/or new types of fluid or fluid additives that better suspend the proppant and are more efficient. Our ultimate objective is to develop a diverse portfolio of technologies that help reduce the environmental footprint, while enhancing operational efficiencies.
By focusing on sand, the crowdsourcing challenge looked for solutions that had the potential to reduce the environmental impacts on local communities, lessen emissions and make energy production more efficient.
We evaluated more than 100 submissions from over 30 countries, and in July 2015 we announced the winners.