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POLYTRAXX Drilling Fluids System

Providing cost-effective drilling fluids performance in the most demanding downhole environments

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Description

A drilling fluids system that minimizes costs without sacrificing performance

As the field-proven economic alternative to both oil-based drilling mud systems and other premium water-based systems, the new FluidControl POLYTRAXX™ water-based fluids system delivers the drilling rates required without the environmental and economic limitations of nonaqueous fluids.

POLYTRAXX eliminates the costs associated with nonaqueous fluids such as diesel usage, disposal, trucking, and more while delivering the superior drilling fluids performance required for demanding drilling environments like unconventional shale plays. One operator who drilled 224 wells in the Eagle Ford shale using our POLYTRAXX system estimated cost savings of $300,000 per well for a total savings of $73.2 million.

Also able to be designed and formulated for any individual drilling fluids system, POLYTRAXX can operate anywhere in the world, including on land or offshore.

The environmentally friendly option

POLYTRAXX is designed for low consumption of nonrenewable resources such as water, and its impressive inhibition and waste management benefits result in lower dilution rates compared to other water-based systems. This results in reduced waste volumes and enables fluid recycling. The POLYTRAXX system itself is also easy to mix, maintain, and recycle.

Less work for the same drilling fluids performance

Designed with a high tolerance to contaminants, POLYTRAXX consistently reduces lost circulation and delivers a stable wellbore. This water-based drilling fluids system does not require as much equipment, manpower, and secondary processing as other drilling fluid systems.

In one example application, POLYTRAXX helped eliminate nonproductive time (NPT) and reduce drilling time by 8 days for an approximately total cost savings of more than $2.5 million across 16 wells.

Features

  • Robust primary and secondary inhibitors
  • Patented acrylamide polymer encapsulator and inhibitor
  • Low-toxicity formulation
  • Stable rheological profile
  • Low coefficient of friction
  • Minimal dilution
  • Excellent HSE profile
  • Resists contaminants
  • Bentonite-free
  • Reduced water consumption
  • Minimized pressure spikes
  • Anti-accretion characteristics

Benefits

  • Reduces gumbo accretion
  • Minimizes bit balling
  • Increases rate of penetration (ROP)
  • Stabilizes fractured shales
  • Improves cuttings encapsulation
  • Minimizes lost circulation
  • Reduces drilling and waste management costs
  • Lowers torque and drag 
  • Reduces waste disposal volume
  • Promotes wellbore stability
  • Lowers environmental footprint
  • Simplifies mixing and maintenance

Applications

  • Reactive clays
  • Water-sensitive shale
  • Directional wells
  • Unconsolidated formations
  • Remote and sensitive ecosystems
Resources
  • POLYTRAXX Bolivia FluidControl Case Study (English)
  • POLYTRAXX Perenco Turkey FluidControl Case Study (English)
  • POLYTRAXX Perenco Turkey FluidControl Case Study (Chinese)
  • POLYTRAXX Perenco Turkey FluidControl Case Study (Portuguese)
  • POLYTRAXX Perenco Turkey FluidControl Case Study (Spanish)
  • POLYTRAXX Peru FluidControl Case Study (English)
  • POLYTRAXX Peru FluidControl Case Study (Chinese)
  • POLYTRAXX Peru FluidControl Case Study (Portuguese)
  • POLYTRAXX Peru FluidControl Case Study (Spanish)
  • POLYTRAXX High-Performance Aqueous Drilling Fluid System Flyer (English)
  • POLYTRAXX High-Performance Aqueous Drilling Fluid System Flyer (Arabic)
  • POLYTRAXX High-Performance Aqueous Drilling Fluid System Flyer (Chinese)
  • POLYTRAXX High-Performance Aqueous Drilling Fluid System Flyer (French)
  • POLYTRAXX High Performance Aqueous Drilling Fluid System Flyer (Portuguese)
  • POLYTRAXX High-Performance Aqueous Drilling Fluid System Flyer (Spanish)

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