SPECTRE™ Disintegrating Frac Plugs
The SPECTRE™ disintegrating frac plug is the industry’s first fully disintegrating plug, enabling customers to skip the costly and time-consuming process of post-frac plug millout. The plug reliably withstands the rigors of fracturing, and the entire plug—including the body, specially engineered slip system, and packing element—fully disintegrates downhole in the presence of wellbore fluid.
While many “dissolvable” frac plugs offer the promise of being interventionless, most do require post-frac intervention. This is because they contain hard, heavy components like cast iron slips and ceramic buttons that remain in the well, necessitating prolonged and costly cleanout operations. The recent introduction of the SPECTRE™ low-temperature (LT) disintegrating frac plug extends the reliable disintegration envelope to temperatures as low as 100˚F (37˚C)—the lowest in the industry.
Why does Baker Hughes say disintegrate, not dissolve?
Although in the presence of acid, a chemical reaction with IN-Tallic material will completely dissolve the material to liquid. Most wells do not contain uninhibited acid in the production fluid; therefore, the reaction that occurs is commonly with brine. The reaction with brine and IN-Tallic produces a precipitate or powder finer than flour. What’s in your wellbore?
- Contains no cast iron or ceramic parts
- Disintegrates fully and predictably
- Eliminates post-frac intervention
- Leaves behind no debris
- Accelerates completion times
- Unconventional oil and gas wells
- Plug-and-perf completions
- Extended-reach laterals
- Developments in remote locations
- Wells with low bottomhole temperatures and pressures
SPECTRE disintegrating frac plugs are available in a variety of casing sizes & weights.
- Casing sizes (in.): 4.5 - 5.5
- Casing weights (lb/ft): 13.5 - 26.8
- Pressure rating (psi): 10,000
Prior to installation, Spectre disintegrating materials must be tested in frac fluid and production fluid to determine compatibility and disintegration times.