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Aqueous Fluid Solutions

Water-based drilling fluids that perform with sustainable purpose

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With SLB water-based drilling fluid systems, you get the performance of oil-based fluids with the environmental acceptability of water-based fluid.

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    Drilling fluids that are more than just water

    Operators are moving toward water-based fluids for their operations to comply with sustainability requirements. In anticipation, we have developed the most complete portfolio of aqueous fluid solutions that not only deliver sustainability with competitive performance in drilling and reservoir drill-in fluids (RDFs) but also advanced digital management and automation, along with sustainability tools that help quantify reduced emissions through the entire fluids management life cycle. So, you maintain your performance edge while lowering total cost of ownership and sustainability footprint with a wide variety of options based on specific targets outlined by you. These options help keep operations above water by lowering logistical costs, eliminating transport of base oil or cuttings, and minimizing the costs associated with lost circulation.


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    Aqueous Sustainability Technologies

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      High-performance water-based drilling fluid system

      Reduce torque, drag, shale swelling, and dispersion in environmentally sensitive shale. View

    • KLA-SHIELD enhanced-polymer water based drilling system
      Enhanced-polymer water-based drilling fluid system

      Meet a variety of drilling challenges—large-diameter wellbores, extended-reach drilling, and highly reactive shales. View

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      UltraDril Plus
      Premium-performance aqueous drilling fluid system

      Balanced fluids for performance, economics, and sustainability in challenging drilling environments View

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      High-temperature water-based drilling fluid

      Enhanced rheological profile and fluid loss control with low sag tendency. View

    Aqueous Systems

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      Mixed metal oxide water-based drilling fluid system

      Screen easily, even at high flow rates, with unequaled solids suspension. View

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      High-performance brine-compatible drilling fluids

      Maintain efficient well control in the Bakken. View

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      Advanced polyglycol system

      Apply in polyglycol systems with fresh- to medium-salinity makeup water and in low formation temperatures. View

    • SILDRIL system fluid drilling with BHA.
      Silicate-based drilling fluid system

      Achieve flexibility you never thought possible in a water-based drilling fluid. View