The Ben Franklin Shale Gas Innovation & Commercialization Center announced the winner of their Third Annual Shale Gas Environmental, Health, & Safety (EH&S) Award at the SHALE INSIGHT 2015™ Conference. The award was presented to FyreRok Biofluids, a Bellefonte, PA, based company that has developed a new, novel and safe technology to produce hypochlorous acid at well pad sites to be used to treat water used in the hydrofracturing process.
Bill Hall, Executive Director of SGICC commented, “The shale energy industry needs to operate in an exemplary manner, exceeding stakeholder’s expectations in the environmental, health, and safety areas. This is integral to the industry being provided their social license to operate. They must continue to gain the trust and respect of the Commonwealth’s citizens, the workers they employ, and the communities where they operate. Ben Franklin’s Shale Gas Innovation and Commercialization Center is excited to once again shine a light on a Pennsylvania-based company that is helping the industry achieve this standing.”
FyreRok Biofluids, a subsidiary of FyreRok Reservoir Consulting, LLC, has developed a methodology to produce a highly efficient, non-toxic biocide, hypochlorous acid, in real-time to treat the bacteria present in fracturing fluids. Hypochlorous acid has been around for many years but never adapted to the demands of today’s massive fracturing treatments due to delivery constraints and shelf-life. The FyreRok technology resolves these issues.
“We are thrilled to have been chosen to receive this award!” commented Grafton Withers, President of FyreRok Biofluids. “We are currently demonstrating our patented technology to E&P and service companies to show its simplicity, its reliability, and the efficiency of the biocide in treating fracturing fluids.”
The Ben Franklin Shale Gas Innovation and Commercialization Center, an initiative of Ben Franklin Technology Partners/CNP is designed to harness innovation and new technologies as a means to maximize the economic return to Pennsylvania’s citizens from the various shale formations that comprise part of the energy reserves of the Commonwealth. The Center also identifies, supports and helps commercialize technologies and early-stage businesses that enhance responsible stewardship of the environment while properly utilizing this transformative energy asset.
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