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Drilling Muds & Polymers
EZ-MUD® GOLD Clay and Shale Stabilizer
EZ-MUD® GOLD Clay and Shale Stabilizer

EZ-MUD GOLD clay and shale stabilizer, helps provide inhibition of clay and shale formations in water-based drilling fluids without substantially increasing viscosity.
EZ-MUD GOLD stabilizer, when added to a QUIK-GEL® or BORE-GEL® slurry, yields an inhibitive drilling fluid system while maintaining manageable and effective fluid properties.

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The unique beaded structure of EZ-MUD GOLD stabilizer allows the material to be mixed easily at minimal shear, eliminating the need for liquid emulsions.

N-SEAL™ Lost Circulation Material
N-SEAL™ Lost Circulation Material

N-SEAL acid soluble lost circulation material is specially formulated extrusion spun mineral fiber. Due to its solubility in weak acids, N-SEAL material is easily removed from production zones.

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N-SEAL material can be used as an additive for loss of circulation in concentrations of up to 70 lb/100 gallons (86 kg/m3).

SODA ASH
SODA ASH

Soda Ash granular powder is primarily used to help condition and soften make-up water and raise pH.

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Applications/Functions

  • Treat out hardness due to calcium in make-up water
  • Raise pH
QUIK-TROL® LV
QUIK-TROL® LV

QUIK-TROL LV, modified natural cellulosic polymer, provides filtration control in most water-based drilling fluids without substantially increasing viscosity. QUIK-TROL LV, when added to a QUIK-GEL® or BORE-GEL™ slurry, yields a drilling mud system suitable for drilling in sandy formation. QUIK-TROL LV can be added to vegetable or mineral oil to provide an oil-based fluid suspension, which can be poured into drill string directly.

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Recommended Treatment

  • Using a Venturi Mixer, or into vortex of a high-speed stirrer, add slowly and uniformly to the entire circulating system. 

 

Approximate Amounts of QUIK-TROL® LV Added to Water Based Fluids
Desired Condition/Result
Added to fresh or salt water: lb/100 gal kg/m³
To stabilize water sensitive formation 3 – 7 4 – 8.5
To reduce torque and lower circulating pressure 0.5 - 2 0.6 - 2.4
Added to QUIK-GEL® slurry (25 lb/100 gallons) or (30 kilograms per m³): lb/100 gal kg/m³
To reduce filtration rate and improve borehole stability 0.5 - 2.0 0.6 - 2.4
Added to BORE-GEL™ slurry (35 lb/100 gallons) or (42 kilograms per m³): lb/100 gal kg/m³
To reduce filtration rate and improve borehole stability 0.5 - 2.0 0.6 - 2.4
Note:
Very salty waters may require twice as much QUIK-TROL LV as fresh water. Preferably, QUIK-TROL LV should be mixed in fresh water before it is added to very salty water.

 

Packaging

QUIK-TROL LV is packaged in a cardboard box containing 10 airtight sealed plastic bags. Each bag contains 2-lb (0.91 kg).

 

QUIK-TROL®
QUIK-TROL®

QUIK-TROL, modified natural cellulosic polymer, provides filtration control in most water-based drilling fluids. QUIK-TROL, when added to a QUIK-GEL® slurry, yields a drilling mud system suitable for drilling in sandy formation. QUIK-TROL can be added to vegetable or mineral oil to provide an oil-based fluid suspension which can be poured into drill string directly. QUIK-TROL is also used in air/gel-foam drilling. 

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Recommended Treatment

  1. Using Venturi Mixer, or into vortex of a high speed stirrer, add slowly and uniformly through entire circulating system.
  2. Used to slug down the rods to produce a high viscosity hole cleaning sweep. 
Approximate Amounts of QUIK-TROL Added to Water Based Fluids
Desired Condition/Result
Added to fresh or salt water: lb/100 gal kg/m³
To stabilize water sensitive formation 3 – 5 4 – 7
To reduce torque and lower circulating pressure 0.5 - 1 0.6 - 1.0
Added to QUIK-GEL® slurry (25 lb/100 gallons) or (30 kilograms per m³): lb/100 gal kg/m³
To enhance drilling mud fluid properties 0.5 - 1.5 0.6 - 1.7
To improve drilling mud suspension and stabilization capabilities 0.5 - 1.5 0.6 - 1.7
Added to injection liquid in air/foam drilling: lb/100 gal kg/m³
To improve foam performance and hole condition 0.5 - 1.5 0.6 - 1.7
Note:
Very salty waters may require twice as much QUIK-TROL as fresh water. Preferably, QUIK-TROL should be mixed in fresh water before it is added to very salty water.

Packaging

QUIK-TROL is packaged in a cardboard box containing 10 airtight sealed plastic bags. Each bag contains 2-lb (0.91 kg).

QUIK-GEL®
QUIK-GEL®

QUIK-GEL is an easy-to-mix, finely ground (200-mesh), premium-grade, high-yielding Wyoming sodium bentonite. QUIK-GEL provides viscosity, fluid loss control and gelling characteristics to freshwater-based drilling fluids.

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Recommended Treatment

Mix slowly through a jet mixer or sift slowly into the vortex of a high-speed stirrer.

 

Approximate Amounts of QUIK-GEL Added to Freshwater
Application/Desired Result lb/100 gal lb/bbl* kg/m³
Normal Drilling Conditions 15-25 6-10 18-30
Unconsolidated Formations 35-50 15-21 42-60
Make-Up For Gel/Foam Systems 12-15 5-7 14-18

*1 bbl = 42 U.S. gallons

 

Notes:
For optimum yield, pre-treat make-up water with 1-2 pounds of soda ash per 100 gallons of water (1.2-2.4 kg/m³).

This product has been certified by the National Sanitation Foundation (NSF) to contribute to no adverse health problems when used as the manufacturer recommends for the construction of potable water wells.
 
Packaging

QUIK-GEL is packaged in 50-lb (22.7-kg) multiwall paper bags.

POLY-BORE™
POLY-BORE™

POLY-BORE is a free flowing, water-soluble, easy mixing, 100% dry granular polymer. POLY-BORE is a very high molecular weight partially hydrolyzed polyacrylamide (PHPA) polymer. When mixed with fresh water, a small quantity of POLY-BORE provides a clear, solid-free, viscous borehole stabilizing fluid for use in drilled shaft, auger drilling, horizontal directional boring, trenching excavation and reverse circulation (RC) rotary drilling. 

 

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Recommended Treatment

Construction Application
Add 3 to 10 pounds (1.4 to 4.5 kilograms) POLY-BORE dry polymer slowly through the hopper to mix with 1,000 gallons (3.8 m³) of fresh water. (See general instructions listed below.)

Reverse Circulation Drilling
Add 0.5 to 1 pound (0.2 to 0.5 kilograms) POLY-BORE dry polymer slowly through the hopper to mix with 100 gallons (0.38 m³) of fresh water. (See general instructions listed below.)

General Instructions
Continue mixing for another 15 to 20 minutes to allow POLY-BORE to hydrate.

  • If POLY-BORE is being added directly to a tank with paddle mixers, make sure the freshwater level is well above the paddles. Add the POLY-BORE slowly to the vortex of the spinning paddles.
  • Measure the funnel viscosity of the polymer slurry and adjust according to required specifications.

Notes:

  • Make-up water used to mix POLY-BORE should meet the following quality:
    • total chloride less than 1500 ppm (mg/L)
    • total hardness less than 150 ppm as calcium
    • total chlorine less than 100 ppm
    • water pH between 8.5-9.5
  • Reduce total hardness of make-up water by adding 1 to 2 pounds (0.45 to 0.9 kilograms) soda ash (sodium carbonate) per 1,000 gallons (3.8 m³) of make-up water. (Do not add in excess as overtreatment can lead to detrimental effects and reduced performance of the drilling fluid).
  • POLY-BORE can be chemically broken down with regular household liquid bleach (5% sodium hypochlorite). Use one gallon of liquid bleach per 100 gallons (10 liters/m³) of fluid formulated with POLY-BORE. Do not use perfumed liquid bleach or solid calcium hypochlorite. 

Packaging

POLY-BORE is packaged in 14 lb (6.35-kg) resealable plastic containers. 

 

PENETROL™
PENETROL™

PENETROL, a water miscible, forest green, drilling fluid additive, is designed for use as a rate of penetration enhancer and wetting agent while drilling problematic formations.

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Alternate application

  • Dilute 1 gallon of PENETROL with 10 gallons of water and inject one gallon of mixture per minute into the pump suction
  • Dilute 3.8 liters of PENETROL with 38 liters of water and inject 3.8 liters of mixture per minute into the pump suction

Packaging

PENETROL is packaged in 5-gal (19-liter) plastic containers. 

NO-SAG
NO-SAG

NO-SAG is a free-flowing, powdered and easily dispersed biopolymer

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Recommended Treatment

Mix 2-4 pounds (1-2 bags) of NO-SAG per 300 gallons (0.8-1.6 kg/m3) of BORE-GEL drilling fluid slurry.

 

Amounts of NO-SAG added to a BORE-GEL Drilling Fluid Slurry
BORE-GEL NO-SAG
bags/300 gal lb/100 gal kg/m3 bags/300 gal lb/100 gal kg/m3
2-3 33-50 40-60 1-2 0.7-1.4 0.8-1.7

Packaging

NO-SAG is packaged in a cardboard box containing 10 airtight sealed plastic bags. Each bag contains 2 pounds (0.91 kg).

 

EZ-MUD® Polymer Emulsion
EZ-MUD® Polymer Emulsion

EZ-MUD, a liquid polymer emulsion containing partially hydrolyzed polyacrylamide/polyacrylate (PHPA) copolymer, is used primarily as a borehole stabilizer to prevent reactive shale and clay from swelling and sloughing. EZ-MUD is added to low-solids drilling fluids to increase fluid viscosity, and is also used to improve carrying capacity of air/foam injection fluids or low-solids fluids formulated with QUIK-GEL®. 

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Recommended Treatment

Approximate Amounts of EZ-MUD® Added to Drilling Fluid System
Drilling Application/Desired Property Quarts/
100 gal
Pints/bbl Liters/m³
Added to fresh water (To formulate a clay-free drilling fluid)
  • To stabilize water-sensitive formations
1.0 1.0 2.5
  • To stop rod vibration, reduce torque and pumping pressure
1.5 1.25 3.75
Added to QUIK-GEL® bentonite drilling mud (25 lb/100 gal) or (30 kg/m³)
  • To improve hole cleaning, increase hole stability and to improve performance properties
1.0 1.0 2.5
Added to injection liquid in air/foam drilling applications
  • To improve foam performance and hole conditions
0.5 - 1.0 0.5 - 1.0 1.3 - 2.5

Notes:
EZ-MUD can be chemically broken down with liquid bleach in regular household concentration (5% sodium hypochlorite). Use one gallon of liquid bleach per 100 gallons (10 liters/m3) of fluid formulated with EZ-MUD. Do not use perfumed liquid bleach or solid calcium hypochlorite. 

Packaging

EZ-MUD is packaged in 5-gal (19-liter) and 1-gal (3.8-liter) plastic containers.

 

DIAMOND SEAL
DIAMOND SEAL

DIAMOND SEAL is a water-swellable but not water-soluble, 100% crystalline synthetic polymer. DIAMOND SEAL absorbs hundreds of times its own weight in water. It is intended for use primarily as a lost circulation material for horizontal directional drilling.

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Recommended Treatment

For slug treatment:
Add ½ to 1 pound (0.23-0.5 kg) DIAMOND SEAL per joint

As a pill:
Add 2 to 4 pails of DIAMOND SEAL per 100 gallons of drilling fluid
Add 5 to 10 pails of DIAMOND SEAL per cubic meter of drilling fluid. 

Packaging

DIAMOND SEAL is packaged in 10-lb (4.5-kg) resealable plastic containers.

AQUA-CLEAR PFD
AQUA-CLEAR PFD

AQUA-CLEAR PFD is a concentrated liquid polymer dispersant that provides superior mud and sediment removal from the producing formation and gravel pack.
AQUA-CLEAR PFD contains no phosphates.

AQUA-CLEAR PFD is packaged in a 5-gal (19-liters) plastic pail or 1-gal (3.8-liter) plastic container.

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Applications/Functions

  • Disperse mud, sediment and clay from the producing formation and gravel pack in the screened interval.
  • Increase well productivity
  • Reduce development time 

Advantages

  • ANSI/NSF Standard 60 certified
  • Safe to use on all plastics, rubber and metals
  • No harmful vapors
  • Increases well capacity and flow rates
  • Reduces pumping costs 
  • Appearance - straw colored liquid
  • Specific gravity - 1.2 to 1.4
  • pH (neat) - 6.5 to 7.5

Recommended Treatment

  • Determine volume of water in screen area and double the calculated volume to account for water in gravel pack and formation interface or determine the static volume of water and add 50% excess.
  • Once the water volume is determined, calculate the required treatment volume of AQUA-CLEAR PFD by the following formula:
  • AQUA-CLEAR PFD (gal or L) = 0.002 x Water Volume ( gal or L)
  • This equates to one gallon of AQUA-CLEAR PFD for every 500 gallons of water (0.2% by volume) or 2.0 liters of AQUA-CLEAR PFD for every cubic meter of water. ​
  • Mix thoroughly before introducing into well.


The preferable application method utilizes a tremie line with the product applied into the screened area.
If necessary, the AQUA-CLEAR PFD/water solution may be poured into the well.

  • Mixture should be thoroughly blended in well, then agitated using a surge and swab, jetting, or other developmental technique repeatedly every two hours for a period of up to 24 hours. Pump to waste until turbidity clears up and then connect well to distribution system.
     
BAROLIFT
BAROLIFT

BARO-LIFT is a specially-treated, chemically inert and temperature stable synthetic fiber for use as a hole cleaning and suspension aid in HDD, Minerals Exploration and other non-oilfield drilling applications. 

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BIO-BORE
BIO-BORE

BIO-BORE™ is a free-flowing dry powder which when mixed with fresh water provides a clay-free, biodegradable drilling fluid for use in various drilling applications, particularly in the situation where clay-based drilling fluids are restricted. 

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Recommended Treatment

Recommended BIO-BORE Application Amounts
Boring Applications lb/100 gal kg/m3
Normal Boring Conditions 25-30 30-36
Unconsolidated Formations 30-35 36-42

To bring about the degredation of a BIO-BORE slurry utilize 1-2 pounds calcium hypochlorite (65% active) per 100 gallons of BIO-BORE slurry or 1.2-2.4 kg calcium hypochlorite (65% active) per m3 of BIO-BORE slurry.
 
Packaging

BIO-BORE is packaged in a 50-lb (22.7-kg) white clay-coated, multiwall bag. The bag is sturdy, moisture resistant and easy to handle and transport. 

Safety
Drilled cuttings exposed to the BIO-BORE should be treated with calcium hypochlorite to break down the polymers before the cuttings can be confined or stored in a vented, sealed container or drum. 


 

BORE-GEL
BORE-GEL

BORE-GEL™ is a single sack, boring fluid system specially formulated for use in horizontal directional drilling (HDD) applications. BORE-GEL is a proprietary blended product using high-yielding Wyoming sodium bentonite. When BORE-GEL is mixed with fresh water, it develops an easy-to-pump slurry with desirable fluid properties for HDD. 

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Recommended Treatment

Add slowly and uniformly through a high-shear jet type mixer over one or more cycles of the volume of slurry. Continue to circulate and agitate the slurry until all lumps are dispersed. 

Recommended application amounts
Boring Application lb/100 gal kg/m3
Normal boring conditions 15 - 35 18 - 42
Poorly consolidated sand/gravel 35 - 60 42 - 72

Packaging

BORE-GEL is packaged in a 50-lb (22.7-kg) multiwall paper bag. The bag is sturdy, moisture resistant and easy to handle, store and transport. 

CON DET® Wetting Agent
CON DET® Wetting Agent

CON DET® proprietary blend of anionic surfactants is specially formulated for use in fresh water, salt water, and in low-solids drilling fluids as a wetting agent.


 

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Approximate Amounts of CON DET Added to Fresh or Salt Water
Desired Condition/Result Amount/
100 gal
Amount/bbl Liters/m3
To promote bit cleaning and to settle cuttings 2-4 pints 1-2 pints 2-5 liters
To reduce stickiness of clays 2-4 quarts 1-2 quarts 5-10 liters

Packaging

CON DET is packaged in 5-gal (19-liters) plastic containers.

 

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