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Sinopec targets Chinese shale with first-of-its-kind FTSI joint venture

11th June 2014

This joint venture collaboration is the culmination of a multi-year effort by both companies to bring FTSI’s hydraulic stimulation capabilities and expertise to China

Sinopec targets Chinese shale with first-of-its-kind FTSI joint venture
The joint venture will create a China-centric well completion company with industry-leading capabilities

Upon incorporation in China, the joint venture company, SinoFTS Petroleum Services (SinoFTS), will be owned 55 per cent by Sinopec and 45 per cent by FTSI. SinoFTS is the first oilfield services collaboration of its kind between a non-Chinese well completion company and a Chinese national oil company. SinoFTS will serve both Sinopec and other exploration and production companies throughout China.

“We are very excited to begin this joint venture with such an esteemed partner,” said Greg Lanham FTSI chief executive officer. “China has vast untapped shale gas resources, and we’re eager to play a role in their development. Just as FTSI was born out of the emergence of the U.S. unconventional energy industry, we expect that SinoFTS will enhance the development of China’s domestic energy renaissance. Sinopec will be a key strategic partner for us, and we see a long, successful venture ahead, working together in a country poised to develop as the world’s largest unconventional oil and gas producer.”

As Sinopec leads the development of China’s unconventional oil and gas resources, estimated as the world’s largest, this joint venture will create a China-centric well completion company with industry-leading capabilities. The joint venture marks a major milestone in the development of China’s shale resources, the collaboration between Chinese and U.S. companies, and FTSI’s international expansion plans.

SinoFTS will use new equipment that FTSI will custom-manufacture in the United States, featuring the latest innovations and adapted to the specific requirements of the Chinese environment.

FTSI will leverage insight from its own vertically integrated U.S. operations to evaluate a similar vertical integration model at SinoFTS. As the largest pressure pumping company created during the U.S. shale renaissance, FTSI is well positioned to collaborate with Sinopec to develop China’s onshore pressure pumping industry.

The collaborative endeavor will initially focus on the Sichuan basin, China’s most promising shale play, providing services under a long-term, dedicated contract. Operations for the initial fleet are expected to commence in 2015, and further deployments of pressure pumping fleets are expected in basins throughout China. SinoFTS will be headquartered in Beijing and managed by industry experts from both FTSI and Sinopec.

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