Mining Fluids

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Fluid technologies for the high drilling efficiencies, core quality mining demands

M-I SWACO provides a range of drilling fluid and engineering solutions to meet objectives in the most technically demanding mining environments. 

Our line of bentonite and polymer products—combined with our application expertise—maximizes drilling efficiencies to deliver cores or cuttings that yield the optimal geological information you require while ensuring the delivery of a stable borehole.


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.


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.


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.


KWIK-PLUG

These bentonitic sealing and plugging agents are composed of a naturally occurring clay used to seal and plug earthen boreholes.


ROD COAT L 1000

This grease is used primarily to reduce rod vibration, especially in holes with lower water tables, and can accommodate both surface and underground drilling applications..


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.


POLY-PLUS 2000

This polymer is a multi-functional synthetic copolymer developed for use in fresh-water-, potassium- and saltwater-base drilling fluids.


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 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 EVH

This acrylic copolymer of very high-molecular-weight, anionic PHPA dry granular powder is designed for mineral exploration and construction applications.


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.


POLY-PLUS RD

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


POLYSWELL

Used in lost circulation applications, this copolymer 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 COAT B 700

This high-performance, barium salt–base drillrod grease reduces rod vibrations.


ROD EASE

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


SMOOTH GROUT 30

This easy-to-use bentonite-grouting composition provides a 30% solids pumpable slurry for sealing boreholes..


SUPER PLUG

This proprietary blend of bentonite with 100% inorganic additives is used in hole abandonment applications where a low-permeability, flexible seal is required.


TACKLE

This low-molecular-weight liquid polymer is designed to deflocculate a wide range of water-base drilling fluids.


TUBE LUBE

Completely nontoxic, this 100% biodegradable paste lubricates the inner core barrel and core to facilitate core entry and removal.

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