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Self-Suspending Proppant Webcast to Highlight Technology's Latest Field Success

SUGAR LAND, Texas, June 15, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Fairmount Santrol with Weatherford International plc is sponsoring a webcast June 16 at 10 a.m. central to release the latest field success for Propel SSP™ proppant transport technology.

Propel SSP proppant transport technology swells upon contact with water to go farther and higher into the formation, increasing the stimulated reservoir volume.


A photo accompanying this release is available at http://www.globenewswire.com/newsroom/prs/?pkgid=33730

The one-hour webcast, hosted by World Oil, will document how self-suspending proppant is decreasing the cost per barrel of oil equivalent (BOE) by uniformly placing proppant higher and farther in the fracture. The technology is an alternative to crosslinked gel and slickwater fracturing fluid systems that damage the proppant pack and formation.

This efficient technology allows pressure pumping at higher proppant concentrations versus slickwater using fewer fluid additives and requiring less pumping time. The technology enables easy transport of each proppant grain; in total, the grains stack higher in the formation to maximize the propped length and height.

The better transport is achieved with the multilayer coating wrapped around a grain of sand. The hydrogel coating rapidly hydrates in water, which reduces the proppant's effective specific gravity and typical settling rate.

The webcast, which is free after registration on worldoil.com, will be archived on the site for playback.

About Fairmount Santrol

Fairmount Santrol is a leading provider of high-performance sand and sand-based products used by oil and gas exploration and production companies to enhance the productivity of their wells. The company also provides high-quality products, strong technical leadership, and applications knowledge to end users in the foundry, building products, water filtration, glass, and sports and recreation markets. Its global logistics capabilities include a wide-ranging network of distribution terminals and thousands of railcars that allow the company to effectively serve customers wherever they operate. As one of the nation's longest continuously operating mining organizations, Fairmount Santrol has developed a strong commitment to sustainable development, environmental stewardship, and operational safety. Correspondingly, the company's motto and action orientation is: "Do good. Do well."

CONTACT: Bruce Goldfaden Fairmount Santrol 281.750.5966 bruce.goldfaden@fairmountsantrol.com

Source: Fairmount Santrol