Hydraulic Fracturing, or “fracing”, is the process that adds the most value to the well in order to make it productive quickly. After drilling and cementing is completed, the well is ready to be fractured. Hydraulic fracturing uses a mixture of over 99% fresh water, with the remainder of the mixture typically composed of mostly sand and two or three additives to treat the water. Universal uses high powered equipment to pressurize this fluid and create fractures in specific places in the once solid rock. As the pressurized fluid creates the fractures in the rock, the sand that is in the fluid enters the fractures and holds them open. This allows natural gas or oil to easily enter the well after the water is recovered.

Foam Fracturing is a specialized type of hydraulic fracturing, used in gas-bearing zones with low pressure, or on zones where water injection needs to be minimized. Foam is made from various ratios of fresh water and nitrogen (an inert gas). The fluid is an excellent carrier of proppant (sand), and due to the fact that it is energized by the nitrogen, it can be recovered easily after the frac job is complete. Universal has decades of experience with foam fracturing in all areas of the Appalachian Basin.

Natural Gas Fueled Fracturing

Natural gas fueled engines are an available option with Universal fracturing services, and offer the potential to reduce costs and emissions. The natural gas engines can be operated on field gas from the operator’s pipeline infrastructure, compressed natural gas or liquefied natural gas. Please contact our Universal teams in order to find the best solution for your operation.


Cementing is one of the most common well completion techniques used today. Our laboratory specialists have helped Universal develop a wide variety of innovative cementing services to optimize well strength and performance.

Nitrogen Services

With natural gas zones of low pressures, a pure nitrogen frac could be the answer. Universal has the equipment to deliver record-breaking nitrogen pumping rates and volumes. Nitrogen can be injected into a well, creating fractures, then flowed back to surface, without ever pumping a drop of water.

Acidizing Services

In certain situations, an oil or gas formation does not need to be hydraulically fractured to insure production.  Acidizing certain zones correctly with the proper environmentally safe chemicals can be effective and cost efficient.  At Universal we determine the best acid type and mixture in our laboratories, then we pump these blends at lower rates in the target zones of our customers’ wells.

Data Acquisition

OffSiteFrac (OSF) is a service designed and developed at Universal to display near real-time hydraulic fracturing job data to customers at remote locations. This service offers customers the convenience of viewing job critical data without leaving their office, requiring only that they have access to the internet and web browser.


Universal is committed to both quality assurance and quality control. Our Field Engineers are highly trained on both the fracturing and cementing sides of our services. Our customers rely on the Field Engineers to ensure that our service crews deliver precisely what the customer has ordered.