Industry Article: Shale Plays Driving Drilling Fluid R&D

Publication: American Oil & Gas Reporter
Volume: October
Issue: 2011
Publication Date: 02/03/2012

The mud system is “the lifeblood of the entire drilling operation,” which means the success of any drilling project begins with the selection of the right fluid system for the job. Given the demands that today’s drilling campaigns are placing on wellbore hydraulics, M-I SWACO, a Schlumberger company, says that fluids technology is advancing on all fronts to not only deliver improved drilling results, but also to enhance well performance. The company is focusing on next-generation automated solutions, and is conducting trials with a new automated fluid measurement and analysis system in the North Sea. M-I SWACO has developed a number of other products to meet the changing drilling fluid system demands of operators, including the ENVIROTHERM NT system, which is designed to optimize drilling and minimize environmental impact in high-temperature applications.

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