Study presented at OTC Asia proves Gilsonite is an environmentally compliant and economical fluid loss control additive for SBM

April 10, 2018

The Offshore Technology Conference Asia (OTC Asia) is a biennial event held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The 2018 event marked the recovery of the oil and gas industry in the region with more than 40,000 professionals in attendance from over 80 countries.

The highlight of American Gilsonite’s participation in OTC Asia was the presentation of a paper selected for publication at the conference. The paper, Evaluation of Uintaite and Asphaltic Additives in Synthetic Base Fluids, was displayed throughout the event in an e-poster. The study provided technical information and data about the unique qualities of Uintaite (Gilsonite) to demonstrate its superior performance compared to other additives that are sometimes sold using the gilsonite name.

Natalie Pascarella and Ghery Sotomayor represented American Gilsonite at the event and said the presentation was well received by service companies and NOC’s in attendance – a technical audience that uses Gilsonite routinely as their preferred fluid loss control additive for synthetic base fluids formulations.

The results of the study showed Gilsonite to present unvarying physical and chemical properties and highest purity, as well as the highest improvement in HPHT fluid loss. SBM treated with Gilsonite also passed USA EPA Gulf of Mexico environmental tests for deepwater discharge, while the other additives failed – showing that Gilsonite is the best choice for drilling fluids professionals wanting to improve technical performance while protecting the environment.