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Drilling & Oilfield Applications

Stringent timelines, challenging logistics, and harsh environmental concerns weigh heavily on the oilfield industry. Cargill helps lighten the load with solutions for drilling, completion, work-over fluids, and now enhanced oil recovery (EOR), production chemicals and associated services. With more than 50 years of biopolymer product expertise and large-scale industrial fermentation plants around the globe, we are poised to meet our customers’ demands for innovative solutions in oilfield applications.

As the global leader in industrial-scale fermentation and technology development, we know the market inside and out. Our xanthan gum and scleroglucan help drills reach further and run freely, control fluid loss, provide temperature stability and maximize solids removal and hydraulic efficiency. Our EOR-grade scleroglucan technologies have high active content and remain stable in high temperature and hard brines without losing viscosity or filterability making it a well-suited option for enhanced oil recovery in harsh, high salinity environments at 80-120°C; particularly off-shore applications.

Explore our products for drilling and oilfield applications

EOR-Grade Scleroglucan

EOR-grade scleroglucan is designed for high salinity, harsh reservoir conditions at 80-120 °C.

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Carrageenans are derived from seaweed and are known for their thickening and gelling capabilities.


Industrial Lecithin

Lecithin enhances the manufacture of oil-based emulsions, suspensions and dispersions and stabilizes these systems.



Thanks to its unique rheological properties, scleroglucan is used in the oilfield industry for drilling muds, enhanced oil recovery, spacer fluids and in asphalt emulsions.


Xanthan Gum

Xanthan gum provides versatile rheology control in a wide range of brines, drilling and fracturing fluids.


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