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Lightweighting Drilling Fluids

Lightweighting Drilling Fluids

Lightweighting Drilling Fluids

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    Lightweight drilling fluids formulated with high-strength, low-density 3M™ Glass Bubbles allow drilling across depleted or naturally fractured zones, reducing the risk for lost circulation, reduced Rate of Penetration (ROP) and differential sticking.

    3M™ Glass Bubbles for Lightweight Drilling Fluids (PDF, 219 KB)


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  • 3M™ Glass Bubbles

    Lightweight Drilling/Completion/Work-Over Fluids with 3M™ Glass Bubbles

    3M Glass Bubbles HGS Series are engineered hollow glass spheres specially formulated for a high strength-to-weight ratio, allowing greater survivability under demanding downhole conditions. Glass bubbles help reduce the density of water-based and oil-based drilling fluids. Densities as low as 5.5 lb/gal (0.66 kg/l) can be attained when the base fluid is a synthetic oil. Glass bubble-based fluids permit at balance, near balance and underbalanced drilling, and also allow measurement while drilling.


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