Horizontal Directional Drilling Fluids

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Drilling fluid technologies specifically engineered for HDD applications

M-I SWACO offers a suite of bentonite and polymer drilling fluid systems and additives that are customized for to meet your HDD objectives.

Our fluid technologies deliver superior filtration control and excellent suspension characteristics for cost-effective hole cleaning, lubrication, and troublesome clay inhibition.

To ensure minimal impact to the local community and ecosystem, couple these solutions with an M-I SWACO integrated environmental management system.


MAX GEL

This premium 220-bbl-yield Wyoming bentonite viscosifier blended with special extenders is capable of yielding more than twice the viscosity as conventional Wyoming bentonite, yields more quickly than API-standard bentonite, and features a finer grind for rapid mixing.


MAX BORE HDD

This proprietary, blended, high-yielding Wyoming bentonite is supplied as a single-sack solution for boring-fluid applications, providing suspension, wellbore stability, filtration control, and reduced torque and drag for water-base applications.


PLATINUM PAC

Effective even in low concentrations, this polyanionic cellulose (PAC) coring and rotary drilling lubricant controls fluid loss and produces a thin, slick, tough filtercake while inhibiting the hydration of drill solids.


POLY-PLUS LV

Designed for fluids based on fresh- and saline-water environments, this low-viscosity shale inhibitor provides cuttings encapsulation and clay-dispersion inhibition and enhances filtration.


PLATINUM ROD EASE

Advantages of this coring, microtunneling, and rotary drilling lubricant include reduced torque and drag, prevention of rust and scale, and improved environmental safety.


DRILPLEX HDD

A specialty product used to enhance the gel strengths of MAX GEL viscosifier, the DRILPLEX HDD viscosifier allows formulating fluids with exceptional shear-thinning properties. The result is a drilling fluid with both excellent dynamic and static carrying capacity for solids.


DUO-VIS and SUPER-VIS

With the unique ability to produce a fluid that is highly shear-thinning and thixotropic, the DUO-VIS viscosifier and SUPER-VIS blend increase carrying capacity in water-base systems.


KLA-GARD

This shale stabilizer reduces the swelling of sensitive shales and drill cuttings exposed to water-base drilling fluids.


Lost Circulation Materials

Our all-inclusive suite of lost circulation materials includes an engineered approach to the design and application of plugs and bridging agents.


PLATINUM D-D

This blend of surface-active agents is designed to reduce the surface tension of all water‐base mud systems and reduce the sticking tendency of water‐sensitive shale cuttings.


PLATINUM FOAM PLUS

This water-soluble, biodegradable foaming agent features a high flash point to minimize transit restrictions as well as a low freezing point for cold weather applications.


PLATINUM PAC UL

This biodegradable, ultralow polyanionic cellulose additive is designed to control fluid loss and generate only a minimal increase in viscosity in water‐base muds.


POLYPAC R

This polyanionic cellulose is a high‐quality, water‐soluble polymer designed to control fluid loss and increase viscosity in water‐base muds.


POLYPAC UL

This high-quality, water-soluble polymer controls fluid loss with only a minimal increase in water-base-mud viscosity.


POLY-PLUS

This single-product additive controls swelling clays and inhibits clay hydration.


POLY-PLUS RD

This readily dispersible acrylic copolymer provides high-quality cuttings encapsulation and shale stabilization.


POLYSWELL

A copolymer used in lost circulation that expands to 200 times its volume in fresh water.


RINGFREE

This highly efficient, thermally stable polymer thinner removes clays from the drillstring and helps to break up clay balls.


ROD EASE

A superior lubricant for HDD, coring, and rotary drilling applications.


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