Drilling fluids are crucial to the success and safety of oil extraction. We understand that oilfields differ according to geographical location, and that no well boreholes are the same. There are many influencing factors to be considered when drilling operations are to take place, including:
- Geographic location
- Rock formation and stability
- Direction of proposed drilling, either vertical, angled, or horizontal
- Pressure and temperature of the downhole
- Depth of the hole to be drilled
The factors above will have an influence on the drilling fluid composition, and the fluid should be uniquely tailored to the operation to achieve maximum drilling efficiency and performance, as well as maintaining strict safety standards. Our technical experts can provide advice to help you with the formulation of drilling fluids. We have successfully helped to develop optimized solutions tailored to specific requirements. Working with you, we can help with product selection specific to your challenges, dosage rates, and formulation advice.
What is a drilling fluid?
Drilling fluids, often referred to as muds, are in liquid form and in many cases the composition is initially determined in a lab so that a suitable fluid is formulated on a larger scale. The drilling fluid must provide a medium for transport of rock and other debris to the top of the well and must show good compatibility with rock to be drilled, which could include limestone, sandstone, granite, dolomite or a composite.
Drilling fluids used today can be water-based, oil-based or synthetic-based.