Oilfield chemistry

White Paper: Is sedimentation of slurries creating storage or transport problems, or reducing your operational effectiveness? BYK has the answer.

Many oilfield applications involve use of slurries. But sedimentation of the additives that started out as powders can create problems and reduce effectiveness. A new easy to use, liquid polymer additive from BYK is the solution you need.

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Many oilfield applications – drilling, cementing, stimulation, production – involve the use of slurries. Particle settling, or sedimentation, is a common problem with slurries. Powdered thickeners, such as guar and xanthan gum, or friction reducers are incorporated into mineral and synthetic oils, forming slurries designed to improve operational performance. However, the dispersed particles are subject to sedimentation, which reduces effectiveness of the treatment.  Settled particles can harden and restrict flow, or can settle out during storage and transport, making the slurry less effective at achieving its intended purpose.

BYK has the solution – an effective anti-settling additive that can be incorporated into the formulation at any stage, is suitable for cold weather applications, and is stable up to 200°F.  BYK-GO 8730, is a new liquid and easy-to-handle additive, that doesn’t require temperature activation, improves operational efficiency, and reduces sedimentation.

BYK-GO 8730 eliminates challenges with the current solutions to sedimentation – organoclays and styrene/olefin block copolymers.  The inorganic particulates in organoclays can have unfavorable reactions with certain formations.  Styrene/olefin block copolymers can be time and energy consuming.  BYK-GO 8730 is a very low molecular weight polymer with no inorganic particles, increasing the range of applications for its use.

Want to understand more about the chemistry and how this new anti-settling additive can work for you?  Download our white paper.



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