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E&P Questions About the TracFrac Platform

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TracFrac manages the frac notification process and promotes coordination between operators. When an operator schedules a frac on the platform, the system automatically identifies offset wells and sends email notifications to the offset operator on a set schedule which meets planning and regulatory needs. The platform brings much needed reliability and process to the industry’s notifications efforts.

Additionally, the platform gives offset well operators the power to control their own contact information and choose at what proximity to receive notifications, relieving the reliance on other operators to choose these variables.

TracFrac identifies all wells within 10,500 feet of the well scheduled for a frac. This calculation is currently done by utilizing proximity to surface and bottom hole locations as provided in regulatory data. In October, TracFrac expects to offer proximities based on full wellbore pathways.

Email notifications are sent to offset operators 90, 60, 25, 10, and 2 days before a frac is scheduled to commence. Early each morning, TracFrac first identifies scheduled fracs requiring notifications that day, then looks for any wells new to the database, and next determines email addresses assigned to receive notifications for each offset well. Offset notifications are then emailed to each email address aggregated with all frac notifications for that day for each offset. For instance, if an account operates Well C which is offset by fracs on Well A (owned by Acme Exploration) and Well C (operated by Beta Corp.) both of which are ten days from a frac, the operator of Well A will receive two email notifications today, one for all notifications from Acme Exploration and another for all notifications from Beta Corp.

TracFrac utilizes a well-known data provider who aggregates well and permit data from across the United States. Additionally, TracFrac uses ten-digit API numbers in its functionality and receives data directly from regulator databases.

TracFrac creates non-subscriber accounts for offset operators not subscribing to the platform. Non-subscribers receive notifications that meet or exceed state requirements for proximity and timeliness.

We create these accounts in partnership with our users. When a frac is scheduled, an email is sent to the user with the primary email address to receive notifications for each well. When an email is unavailable for an operator, we work with our users to identify an appropriate email address for the offset operator and our team creates the non-subscribing account for the operator. This process requires teamwork, but is necessary one time only for each non-subscribing operator.

Scheduling one or more fracs on the platform is very easy and can be done three different ways:

  1. Web Browser:  Users can log into TracFrac and schedule a single frac by clicking the blue button titled “Schedule a Frac” at the top right. Users then search for a well, normally by API number, and enter a few basic pieces of information regarding the frac.
  2. CSV Upload:  Users can upload a CSV file (saved in CSV UTF-8 format in Microsoft Excel) to TracFrac with unlimited future fracs. The API number along with start date, end date, general contact, and emergency contact information are required.  Download an example CSV template.
  3. API data sync:  Producers with frac schedules saved in an IT infrastructure can sync their entire frac schedule and track fracs affecting their wells on an automated process via TracFrac’s API. Notably, a user’s IT infrastructure initiates commands TracFrac’s servers and TracFrac requires no access to the IT infrastructure. We strongly suggest that every company with the capability to sync schedules via the API use this functionality. Access the TracFrac API Guide.

Yes, users can upload a CSV file (saved in CSV UTF-8 format in Microsoft Excel) to TracFrac with unlimited future fracs. The API number along with start date, end date, general contact, and emergency contact information are required.

Fracs can be individually rescheduled on the TracFrac dashboard or in bulk through a normal CSV upload or in a normal sync via the API.

When a frac is rescheduled, the system resets the notification schedule for that well. 

For instance, if a frac is scheduled for April 12, the system will send the 10-day notification on April 2nd. If the frac for the well is rescheduled in the afternoon on April 6 for April 24, the 10-day notification will resend on the morning of April 14 and the 2-day notification will send on April 22. 

In the case that a frac is rescheduled for an earlier date, the most recent notification will resend in the morning following the reschedule. If a frac originally set for April 12 is rescheduled in the afternoon on April 6 for April 11, the 10-day notification will resend on the morning of April 7 and the 2-day notification will send on April 10.

If a frac date is rescheduled within 48 hours of the start date, the notification will send within a few minutes after system processing.

TracFrac is building an option to add a global bcc address to receive notifications sent on your company’s behalf. This feature will release in mid-October.

Currently, the system saves an internal copy of all notifications. We welcome producer feedback regarding interest in read-receipt functionality as well.

By clicking a frac on the dashboard, the row for the frac expands and displays multiple pieces of data and functionality regarding that frac.

 

From this view, TracFrac users can send immediate notes to neighboring offset wells regarding a frac as well as type near-real-time notes into each offset well on the expanded table. These notes can be typed and viewed by both the operator of the frac and the operator of the offset well.

By seeing schedules far in advance for their offset wells, producers are better able to plan for revenue loss from shut ins and better manage maintenance activities and production schedules.

Yes. TracFrac allows offset operators to indicate the status and type of frac protection. Users can mark the well as protected by clicking a red thumb-down icon which prompts a short set of questions about the protection, allows the user to apply the protection status to one, multiple or all upcoming fracs, and turns the thumb to up and green.

Not at this time but TracFrac is considering functionality like this

As a permit holder, operators will receive frac notifications for activity within proximity of the permitted well location. Additional SIMOPS planning functionality is under development.

Yes, a producer’s primary account can create sub-accounts for well groups, employees, and teams. Users of these accounts are able to limit views and notifications of frac activity to only the wells under their responsibility while having otherwise full functionality of the platform.

First be sure that all your operating entities have been chosen within your account settings. Often, companies will need to claim multiple entities such as “Oxy” and “Occidental Petroleum”. If this doesn’t solve the issue, please contact support@petrospects.com.

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