Sanjel to boost hydraulic horsepower

Pressure pumping: Sanjel to add HHP capacity

Privately held oilfield services Sanjel of Canada plans to bulk up its hydraulic fracturing capacity by adding 120,000 hydraulic horsepower (HHP) to its North American fleet by May 2015.

By the end of this year, Calagry-based Sanjel expects to have 531,000 HHP at its disposal, and bump that figure to 650,000 HHP by next May.

"Sanjel's proven execution in fracturing intensive resource plays has led to an increased demand for our services," chief operating officer Warren Zemlak said in a statment.

The pressure pumper will accelerate its planned capital expenditures timeline accordingly, but did not specify how much it plans to spend.

"The additional HHP will allow Sanjel to further optimise solutions to its customers' needs in North America."

The move comes as the unconventional revolution shows no sign of slowing in the US and is picking up steam in Canada.

Sanjel operates in the US states of North Dakota, Wyoming, Colorado and Texas, among other areas. Many of the new units are expected to work in the US, but emerging Canadian plays such as the Montney and the Duvernay shales will also likely see an incremental horsepower boost.

The company has international offices in Denver, Mexico City and Dubai.

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