Waterwell Drilling Fluids

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Technologies that optimize drilling efficiency and protect water supplies

M-I SWACO engineered fluid technologies balance the unique drilling and HSE characteristics demanded of waterwell construction. With a portfolio including environmentally sound additives and fluids that are easily removed upon well completion, M-I SWACO has the solution for maintaining wellbore integrity without compromising HSE commitments. 

Certified solutions for waterwell safety 

Most of our waterwell drilling fluids and additives are certified to stringent NSF/ANSI Standard 60 environmental specifications. This accreditation attests to the high HSE standards intrinsic to our waterwell fluids and ensures no harm to local drinking water supplies. We also provide NSF-certified plugs and grouts to ensure the aquifer is sealed properly from risks of surface contamination.


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.


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 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.


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.


KWIK-PLUG

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


GOPHER GROUT

Designed for use in water wells requiring a 20% solids grout, this granular bentonite grouting composition contains high-swelling sodium montmorillonite clay.


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.


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 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.


RINGFREE

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


SMOOTH GROUT 20

This bentonite grouting composition can provide a 20%-solids pumpable slurry for sealing boreholes.


SMOOTH GROUT 30

This bentonite grouting composition can provides a 30% solids pumpable slurry for sealing boreholes.


SMOOTH GROUT THERMAL

This bentonite grouting composition is designed to be mixed with silica sand to obtain desired thermal conductivities necessary in ground-source heat loop applications.


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