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Setac Established The Benchmark For Balanced Alkalinity

We’ve been manufacturing drilling fluid additives and touting maximum performance coupled with environmental safety for almost a quarter of a century.

It was Setac who established the Balanced Alkalinity concept in the Gulf of Mexico with the assistance of some highly qualified engineers and an operator who recognized the importance. It was a good system then and it’s a better system now. The current emphasis placed on environmental safety and elevated drilling cost makes this system more attractive than ever before.


The whole idea about drilling an oil & gas well is to extract the maximum amount of product for the least amount of cost. The gulf coast is fraught with problems and water base systems lost favor to synthetics. These problems include:
1. Gumbo Shale
2. Loss Of Circulation
3. Elevated Bottom Hole Temperatures
4. Heaving shale and Unconsolidated Sand
Envirodrill™-Balanced Alkalinity Mud System

Oil base drilling fluids work exceptionally well with these conditions, but environmental safety, even with synthetic oil, suffers accordingly.

And, the cost for cuttings disposal has become excessive. Synthetic oil systems still have a place, but they do not have to be the system of choice and probably shouldn’t be.

Normally, water base fluids do not address these desired requirements

1. Environmental Safety With Offshore Discharge
2. Fast Penetration Rates
3. Pipe Sticking Prevention
4. Elevated temperature tolerance
5. Hole Cleaning & Integrity Guarantees
6. Reservoir Performance Improvement

Balanced Alkalinity And New Technology Breathes New Life to a Unique Water-Base System
There are a multitude of new water-base systems on today’s market. Inorganic chemistry, silicates, high molecular weight polymers and the list is endless. But, operators are starting to discover reservoir impairment with exotic systems. In some cases they are plugging and abandoning expensive holes where hydrocarbons should have been found. Realization that simplicity with improvements to an old tried and true system may be the answer is starting to take hold.

The Alternative
Envirodrill™ coupled with an innovative concept, and a new line of products to enhance the system, actually exceeds the requirements

Simplicity
Certain specialty products can destroy a carefully planned budget and severely damage a reservoir. Exotic formulations and high molecular weight polymers are NOT required & Diesel or Synthetic oil is NOT needed.

However, surfactant chemistry is required, but it needs to be tailored for the requirement. A triglyceride ester was found to enhance the basic system several years ago and continues to play a part.

Balance

What does Balance do for me?

Balance is not a new concept. All systems require balance to a certain extent, but balance becomes critical when divalent ion chemistry is used for inhibition. Setac recognized the concept years ago and realized that balancing the alkalinity allowed thinners, filtrate loss control agents and even loss circulation materials to perform dramatically better than when the system is not balanced. Balance is the key to a successful well without the use of exotic chemistry.

 

 
This unique system incorporates old technology with innovative techniques that exceeds the capability of all other water base drilling fluids and approaches oil base mud performance.
 
Maximum performance and Complete Environmental Safety.
 
Meaning…you can drill fast with no hole problems and dump the cuttings off shore and do it cheaper by using seawater as your base.
 
 
 
Products
New and Improved Products complete the package.
Boremaster®
We modified a previous successful shale control product to provide better shielding, added a lubricity agent and designed it to provide vast improvement to the HT/HP filtrate loss in a divalent ion fluid.
XP-9-1-1
A seepage loss material that works in all fluids without changing the viscosity
Drillfast®
A triglyceride ester for lubricity and penetration rate
Experience
The Balanced Alkalinity concept has been used successfully on and offshore for several years.
HIGH ISLAND 340
SHIP SHOAL 154
EAST CAMERON 334
EAST CAMERON 335
EUGENE ISLAND 330
QUARANTINE BAY
SHIP SHOAL 299
WEST LAKE VERRET
EWING BANK 915
SHIP SHOAL 331
SOUTH TIMBALIER 112
SOUTH TIMBALIER 99
SHIP SHOAL 227
WEST CAMERON 101
SOUTH TIMBALIER 69
SOUTH PASS
EUGENE ISLAND 72
EUGENE ISLAND 227
EUGENE ISLAND 239
WEST DELTA 107
SHIP SHOAL 243
WEST CAMERON 592
WEST DELTA 107
ACADIA PARISH
SOUTH TIMBALIER 241
SOUTH PASS 78
MAIN PASS 198
LAFOURCHE PARISH 1
LAFOURCHE PARISH 2
LAFOURCHE PARISH 3
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