Ceramic Proppants

OPF is the only ceramic consulting company we know of whose principals have direct experience from R&D to complete construction and start-up of a ceramic proppant manufacturing plant.

Our capabilities include:

  • Proppant minerals search and procurement
  • Evaluation and testing of your materials
  • Formulations of all classes proppants — low, medium, high density
    • Kaolin and bauxite based formulations
    • Unique formulations with unconventional materials
  • Dry and Wet Process Capabilities for R&D and production developments
  • Resin coating capabilities
  • Plant design, equipment selection, process flows
  • Capital and operating expense calculations
  • Construction management
  • Startup support
  • Business plans and marketing

Contact OPF to learn more about our ceramic proppant consulting and expertise.

Types of Ceramic Proppants

Light Weight Ceramic Proppant is designed for high performance in moderate depth natural gas and oil wells with closure stresses up to 10,000 psi and higher


  • Widely used ceramic proppant
  • Excellent for slick water fracturing applications and horizontal wells
  • Lower settling rates to achieve more efficient proppant placement
  • Density similar to Sand with much higher crush resistance than sand
  • Standard sizes: 20/40 LWP  30/50 LWP and 40/70 LWP

Intermediate Strength Ceramic Proppant is designed for high performance in natural gas and oil wells with closure stresses of up to 12,500 psi and higher


  • High flow capacity for optimal returns.
  • Provides a high fracture conductivity in moderate depth wells
  • Good economic conductivity
  • Standard sizes – 16/30 ISP, 20/40 ISP, 30/50 ISP and 40/70 ISP

High Strength Ceramic Proppant is designed for intermediate depth oil and natural gas wells with closure stresses up to 15,000 psi and higher


  • High crush strength and conductivity in the deepest wells
  • Standard sizes – 16/30 HSP, 20/40 HSP, 30/60 HSP

Resin Coated Proppants

Resin coating extends the applicable stress range of the uncoated substrate. Resin coating:

  • Encapsulates over-stressed proppant grains which prevents fines migration
  • Spreads the effective stress over a larger contact area
  • Lock the proppant in place and maintains conductivity
  • Prevents proppant flowback
  • Prevents prop pack rearrangement
  • Reduces prop pack embedding
  • Strengthens the proppant pack
  • Protects the proppant grain
  • Protects the substrate from chemical attack by mud acid and downhole production-treating chemicals
  • Protects downhole and surface production equipment due to reduced abrasiveness

    Resin Coated and Uncoated Ceramic Proppant