The oil and gas industry remains resilient and very active in the USA, especially in the Permian Basin of West Texas. While the major activity for drilling and stimulation remains strong and is recovering from the pandemic slowdown, the daily production of 5 million barrels of oil per day in the Permian Basin will increase in January 2022 to almost 8.4 million barrels a day. Using current development and technology, this production rate is still less than 30% efficient down to the point of uneconomic production levels (depletion). The estimated remaining oil to be recovered in the Permian is estimated at 74 billion barrels of using existing technology. The industry uses a variety of techniques such as hydraulic fracturing and chemistries for well stimulation. Thousands of wells in the USA are considered stripper wells, which are wells producing less than ten barrels of oil per day (<10 BOPD). Many have used water floods and enhanced oil recovery projects, which use costly methods that incorporate the production of clean (reclaimed) waste water, steam, nitrogen, carbon dioxide, alkaline, surfactant and polymer combinations.
The recent development of a patent-pending, environmentally friendly, disruptive technology provides a breakthrough which combines two cost-effective and efficient technologies, namely electrochemically activated (ECA) saltwater and nano gas (nitrogen, oxygen, etc.) spheres to produce two different nanosphere infused dispersions. The Anolyte version is capable of mitigating destructive biofilms, bacterial corrosion and H2S gas as well as mineral scaling issues. It also provides more efficient oil and gas recovery via enhanced surface activity, alkaline pH and a nanoscale mechanical advantage for mobilizing hydrocarbons through porous reservoir rock or tubulars to significantly improve recovery (i.e. 40-plus percent or higher).