Santrol Cofounder Authors Well Stimulation Treatments

Home study guide published by the Petroleum Extension Service at The University of Texas at Austin

Sep 18, 2012, 05:22 ET from Santrol

SUGAR LAND, Texas, Sept. 18, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Santrol announces the publication of Well Stimulation Treatments, Second Edition authored by cofounder A. Richard Sinclair. This book, an authoritative resource for understanding the complexities of hydraulic fracturing, is published by the Petroleum Extension Service (PETEX®), a unit of the Division of Continuing and Innovative Education at The University of Texas at Austin.


Santrol and John W. Graham founded Santrol in 1976 to control sand used as a proppant in hydraulic fracturing. That same year, the founders commercialized the first resin-coated sand and resin-coated bauxite to strengthen proppant. Today, more than 36 years later, Santrol remains the world's largest proppant supplier, helping operators maximize initial long-term oil and gas production.

Well Stimulation Treatments, Second Edition is an advanced primer on well stimulation, a procedure that is required to unlock the prolific shale gas and shale oil deposits throughout North America. The stimulation text includes discussion of hydraulic fracturing, acidizing, frac packs, and other methods. The text discusses the history, application, and equipment for each method with illustrations.

The most extensive section on hydraulic fracturing includes:

  • analyses on cost, risk, and reward
  • fracturing theory
  • fracturing materials and equipment, including fracturing fluids, proppants, chemicals, and additives
  • equipment
  • well candidate evaluation
  • fracturing job planning, design, and execution

Well Stimulation Treatments, Second Edition is available for purchase online in printed or e-book formats from PETEX. The home study guide is used for Lesson 11 in the PETEX Well Servicing and Workover Series.

"We, at PETEX, are so proud to work with A. Richard Sinclair in the production and publication of this important text," says Zahid Yoosufani, interim director for PETEX. "Sinclair's deep experience and insight is apparent in the pages of this work. It is very gratifying for PETEX to be able to share Sinclair's valuable expertise with students around the world through his contributions to this essential book."

Sinclair holds approximately 30 well stimulation and oilfield patents; he has authored numerous technical papers and reports.

About Santrol
Santrol, part of the Fairmount Minerals family, is a vertically integrated company with leading, environmentally responsible proppants for most applications. Strategically located infrastructure is supported by the most terminals and one of the largest private railcar fleets. Innovative, R&D-focused solutions ensure dependable, readily available products and services at the right place at the right time. For more information, please visit:

About the Petroleum Extension Service (PETEX®)  
Since 1944, the Petroleum Extension Service (PETEX®), a unit of the Division of Continuing and Innovative Education at The University of Texas at Austin, has developed, produced, and delivered technical and nontechnical training courses, publications, and e-learning products to both companies and individual workers in the global oil and gas industry. PETEX operates the new Learning and Assessment Center in Houston, Texas, that houses two large laboratories that support Measurement Training. It also operates a Learning and Assessment facility in Odessa, Texas. PETEX develops its instructional content with the guidance and support of its Advisory Committee, in addition to a full spectrum of industry experts that act as content advisors.

Dee Elliott
Fairmount Minerals 

Wayne Wenske
Division of Continuing and Innovative Education
The University of Texas at Austin 

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