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" We do not do that, " Wallace assures.
" We are willing to accept lower shortterm sales to ensure we can keep our
promises even when operators hit their
stride and need exactly what they expect
to need. "
According to Wallace, that approach
has helped the company build strong relationships with customers. " Our customers know we are going to deliver
what we say we are going to deliver, so
when we ask what they expect to need
over the next 30-60 days, they give us a
straight answer, " he reports.
Atlas uses this information to secure
capacity from its trucking partners. " Through
preplanning and communication, we have
gotten enough truckers to make deliveries
even in a market where truckers are in
short supply, " Wallace says. " I cannot say
we are entirely insulated from trucking issues, but we should be able to manage as
long as our customers continue to give us
a clear line of sight into their needs. "
Simultaneous Fracs
In their quest for efficiency and lower
costs, many operators are moving from
zipper fracs to simultaneous fracs, observes
Charley E. McIntyre, director of business
development and shared services at Cudd
Energy Services. " Instead of switching
wells in between stages, operators are
completing both wells at once, " he clarifies.
" This requires more equipment but saves
enough time that in surveys, most com-

pletion engineers rank simultaneous fracturing as the innovation that will have
the most impact in 2021. "
Rocky Shields, Cudd's director of operations, points out that simulfracs requires
strong supply chains. " If everything goes
as planned, the pad will need twice as
much water, sand and chemical every
day, " he explains. " Those supplies need
to arrive consistently enough that the
blenders and sand unloading systems can
keep pace with the frac. "
There's enough extra equipment on
site that optimizing footprints is critical,
Shields reports. He mentions that in 2019
and 2020, Cudd retired many of its oldest
spreads while purchasing 3,000 horsepower fleets.
" Compared with the industry-standard
2,500-horsepower spreads, these new
fleets pack more horsepower into a smaller
footprint, which means we need less
equipment on site, " he says. " The pumps
also are more efficient and reliable because
they use less of their capacity for many
jobs. For example, pumping at 1,800
horsepower only requires 60% capacity,
which reduces fuel burn and places less
strain on the equipment. "
These new pump trucks use engines
that meet the Environmental Protection
Agency's Tier IV standard, so they generate fewer emissions per horsepower
during operation and manufacturing,
McIntyre notes. He says they also run
quieter than many of the Tier II engine-

Cudd Energy Services reports it is taking several steps to improve its frac spreads' efficiency
and reliability. For example, it is reducing fuel costs by converting fleets to burn natural gas
alongside diesel, and buying higher-horsepower pumps, which can operate at their most
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based pumps often seen in the field.
" To support our customers' environmental, social and governance goals, we
are converting diesel-fired equipment to
dual-fuel systems that can burn natural
gas. In addition to reducing emissions,
this will let operators use a more affordable
fuel source, " McIntyre reports. " To limit
emissions and fuel consumption even
more, we are testing technologies that
reduce engine idling. "
The 3,000-horsepower fleets' modern
engines, transmissions and pumps provide
more detailed information about operational status metrics, such as internal
pressures and temperatures, that can be
used to diagnose problems, Shields says.
" We understand the benefits of listening
to our equipment, so for the past three
years, we have been installing control
systems that collect data from it, then
analyzing that data to see why failures
occur and what we can do to improve
run time, " he relates.
" Today, we are putting better transmission equipment on location so we can
get data closer to real time, " Shields continues. " Ultimately, we'd like to have
enough real-time data and historical
analogs to use machine learning algorithms
to spot problems as they occur. That will
let us resolve issues before they disrupt
operations or reduce efficiency.
Meeting Diverse Needs
" I am excited about the investments
we are making in high-horsepower equipment that can perform large completions
more efficiently, but we also take pride
in servicing customers who might only
need to stimulate a vertical well or a
short lateral here and there, " Shields says.
McIntyre indicates these customers
often use intricate fluid systems for their
completions. " We pride ourselves on retaining employees who have the chemical
expertise to meet their needs, " he says.
Over time, Shields predicts that horizontal wells' completion designs will become more nuanced. " Right now, many
companies are concentrating on delivering
returns to investors as quickly and reliably
as possible, which often means controlling
costs and using conservative designs, "
he says. " As prices improve, I think we
will hear more conversations about tweaking proppant selection, stage placement
and fluid systems to flatten decline curves
and boost each well's long-term production. Ideally, these changes also will
reduce total costs. "
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