Slurry with Gilsonite® increases yield and reduces cost
October 22, 2019
A West Texas O&G operator wanted to reduce slurry costs for its lightweight cement applications in the Permian Basin. The cementing company, West Texas Cementers (WTC), an independent cementing company in Odessa, Texas, replaced hollow beads with Gilsonite® uintaite. The result was a significant reduction in slurry costs.
WTC had typically used hollow beads as the lightweight additive in a 10.5 ppg cement system. “Our client asked us to provide a less expensive slurry with the same technical performance,” observed Kevin Swikert, WTC Engineer and Technology Manager. “We made a couple of additive substitutions in our cement system, with the primary change being to replace beads with Gilsonite® G-Bond.”
The revised 10.6 ppg cement system reduced slurry costs by 26% while still meeting all requirements defined by the operator and governing bodies in terms of thickening time, compressive strength development and cement fill behind the pipe.
Additional tests were conducted for offset wells in the Delaware Basin. Further testing showed that Gilsonite® G-Bond reduced slurry costs in a wide range of cement formulations, with up to 37% savings in an 11.0 ppg mixture.
“Other additives can change your design parameters. With Gilsonite® G-Bond, you don’t have to worry about that,” Swikert added. “In addition, Gilsonite® controls free water, lowers the slurry water ratio, prevents lost circulation, increases yield and mixes faster without foaming. I’m sold on Gilsonite® G-Bond as a cheaper option to glass beads. The other performance enhancements are an added benefit.”
American Gilsonite Company Announces CEO Succession Plan
October 1, 2019
Craig Mueller to succeed David G. Gallagher as President and CEO in February 2020; Gallagher remains as Director transitioning to Special Advisor
American Gilsonite Company (“AGC”), the world’s principal supplier of Gilsonite®, announced today that its Board of Directors approved a succession plan for the executive leadership of the company. Craig Mueller, Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer of AGC will succeed David G. Gallagher as President and CEO of AGC effective February 1, 2020. Gallagher will transition from his current role as President and CEO to Special Advisor and remain as a Board member of AGC.
Gallagher joined AGC in 2013 and was named President and CEO of AGC in January 2016 with more than 30 years of experience in the oil and gas industry.
“It has been an absolute privilege to serve AGC for the past six years, while building a brilliant team focused on innovation,” said Gallagher. “I am delighted that Craig will succeed me. He is a highly prepared professional and will undoubtedly drive the next wave of growth for our company.”
Before joining AGC, Mueller garnered more than 30 years of experience in the oil and gas industry. During this time, Mueller amassed substantial domestic and international experience in oilfield operations management, business development and commercial strategy. In his tenure at Baker Hughes, Mueller held several executive leadership positions and holds a bachelor’s degree in petroleum engineering from Louisiana State University.
“I am humbled and honored to be appointed President and CEO of AGC at such a dynamic time for our company,” said Mueller. “I look forward to building upon David’s momentum and leading our company into the future. I am committed to the continued focus on driving growth and strengthening our client collaboration.”
“On behalf of the Board of Directors, I want to sincerely thank David for his gifted leadership. His highly valued versatile skill set was clearly exhibited during his tenure as CEO. We look forward to his continued guidance,” said Andrew Axelrod.
“Under Craig’s leadership, we will continue strategically expanding AGC’s footprint in multiple business segments,” continued Axelrod. “Our Board of Directors underwent a deliberate and meticulous succession planning process. We are confident in our decision and pleased that Craig has accepted this role.”
About American Gilsonite Company
Drilling fluid with Gilsonite® outperforms alternative in same field
September 9, 2019
A large, international E&P oil company with a significant presence in the US unconventional market was experiencing inconsistent drilling fluid performance from two service companies operating within the same field.
One service company, using an alternative product to American Gilsonite® uintaite, experienced poor drilling fluid performance, including issues with stuck pipe, wellbore instability, high rheology, lower tolerance for drill solids, lower temperature stability and mud gelation. Another service company, using American Gilsonite® in its drilling fluid, demonstrated superior performance with significantly better filtration and rheology characteristics and fewer drilling problems.
The operator conducted testing to better understand the differential performance. A company spokesperson observed, “Our testing highlighted that the superior performing fluid contained American Gilsonite® uintaite versus a lower tier product employed in the competing mud system.”
“Based on our testing, we recommended to utilize American Gilsonite®, along with other quality products, to drive differential performance and lower overall well costs,” the representative concluded.
Not everything labeled “gilsonite” is Gilsonite® – here are the differences
August 7, 2019
There is only one source of Gilsonite®. If it doesn’t come from American Gilsonite Company, it isn’t Gilsonite®.
Gilsonite® is only found in our mines in the Uinta Basin of Northeastern Utah. Some companies claim to offer “gilsonite” from other parts of the world, but those products are simply misidentified to take advantage of Gilsonite® uintaite’s internationally recognized quality. Their performance is compromised due to inferior physical and chemical properties and lack of purity and consistency.
True Gilsonite® uintaite is the only additive that provides:
- Lowest specific gravity, greatest strength and superior flexibility to inferior asphalt and asphalt-like materials
- Product purity, with much lower content of inorganic or mineral material
- Versatility and economy that make a superior additive
– Less product is required, reducing costs
– Also reduces the need and cost for additional additives
- Greater environmental safety, minimizing HSE impact, promoting worker safety
– OSHA classified as non-toxic, non-carcinogenic, non-mutagenic
– Passed US Gulf of Mexico environmental tests for deep-water discharge
It’s easy to spot true Gilsonite® – and its superior advantages
It’s this simple: rub the product on a white porcelain tile. The purity of true Gilsonite® uintaite leaves a brown streak. Inferior asphalt and asphaltites leave a black streak.
True Gilsonite® even smells different – it smells like earth. Other products smell like hydrocarbons.
Pure performance and consistent quality
Gilsonite® uintaite, with its unique physical and chemical properties, only comes from one source. So the product is dependably consistent and remarkably pure. Other substitutes are contaminated with undesirable materials that can affect physical characteristics, mixability, the necessity of other additives that increase overall cost, and, ultimately, product performance. Notably, Gilsonite® is virtually sulphur-free, with less than 1% sulphur content. Substitutes exhibit up to 10 times that amount.
The strength, flexibility, extreme light weight and environmental safety of Gilsonite® uintaite make it a superior additive in a wide variety of applications.
|Properties||Gilsonite®||Glance Pitch||Grahamite||Natural Asphalt|
|Specific gravity @77°F||1.01-1.04||1.10-1.15||1.12-1.50||1.40-1.45|
|Soluble in CS2||>99%||>95%||45-100%||56-67%|
|Inorganic or mineral matter||0.3%||5%||up to 50%||36.9%|
Remember, if it isn’t from American Gilsonite Company, it’s an inferior substitute.
Impressive results achieved by replacing OBM fluid loss additives with Gilsonite®
July 24, 2019
A large U.S. independent drilling fluids company was experiencing inconsistent performance in their Eagle Ford and Permian operations. After conducting field trials, they determined using American Gilsonite® uintaite as an OBM additive resulted in a net fluid loss additive cost reduction, reduced additive consumption and fluid loss performance improvement.
A company spokesperson noted, “American Gilsonite® consistently outperformed alternative OBM fluid loss additives. In a field trial in the Eagle Ford basin, we saw the HT/HP fluid loss values go down and remain consistently stable. Results were a tighter emulsion with a quality filter cake.” After that successful trial, the company continued field trials in the Delaware and Midland basins.
Key findings of the trials included:
- Fluid loss additive cost per well was reduced by 58.3%
- Fluid loss additive consumption/bbl was reduced by 62.5%
- Fluid loss performance improved 50%
“Based on the impressive, consistent results of these field trials, we have replaced all alternative OBM fluid loss additives with American Gilsonite® throughout our Texas, New Mexico and Oklahoma operations,” the representative concluded.
American Gilsonite Dubai Supply Center opened to better serve the needs of Middle East customers
May 2, 2019
To meet the growing demand for Gilsonite® uintaite around the globe, American Gilsonite recently opened our newest supply center in Dubai. The distribution center will stock a full range of Gilsonite® products for cementing and drilling fluids (both OBM and WBM), allowing Middle East customers to get just the amount of Gilsonite® they need, right when they need it – within 48 hours of placing an order!
Making it faster and easier to get the world’s only true source of Gilsonite® is part of AGC’s continued strategy to place products closer to the wellhead so customers can realize the benefits of Gilsonite® uintaite in their projects without the need to maintain a large inventory of product.
“Locating a supply center in Dubai is the first stage of implementing our Middle East strategy. This will help AGC expand our customer base in the region, as well as better meet the needs of our current Middle East clients,” says Craig Mueller, American Gilsonite Company Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer.
American Gilsonite hosted receptions in Abu Dhabi and Dubai to celebrate the opening of the new Dubai warehouse. Attendees enjoyed cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and were able to learn more about the benefits of Gilsonite® uintaite in cementing and drilling fluids.
Representing American Gilsonite at the Dubai Supply Center grand opening were Craig Mueller – Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer; Ghery Sotomayor – Senior Account Manager, Drilling Fluids; and Rozalina Bojey – Marketing Coordinator for the Middle East and Far East markets.
For more information, download our information sheet.
To place an order from the Dubai Supply Center, call +1 832-974-4393 or email email@example.com.
American Gilsonite Company Strengthens Executive Team, Announces New Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer
February 19, 2019
Craig Mueller to advance the global network and commercial strategy of principal Gilsonite® producer
American Gilsonite Company, Inc. (“AGC”), the world’s only supplier of Gilsonite® uintaite, is pleased to announce the appointment of Craig Mueller as Vice President (VP) and Chief Commercial Officer (CCO), effective immediately. Mr. Mueller is responsible for AGC’s commercial strategy, business development, advancement of technologies for customer-focused products and leadership of its worldwide sales team. He will work closely with AGC’s President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO), David G. Gallagher, to develop strategies that continue to drive the company’s long-term commercial success.
Mr. Mueller is a seasoned executive with more than 30 years of experience in the oil and gas industry with extensive knowledge in oilfield operations, international business relationships, business development and commercial strategy. He joins AGC from Baker Hughes’ executive leadership team, where he most recently served as VP of Sales – ExxonMobil.
“As we advance our global expansion, top tier talent additions are fundamental for the continued success of AGC in the marketplace. With Craig’s expertise in the well construction segment, close relationships within the E&P community and vast domestic and international experience, we are confident he will continue to drive the value of Gilsonite® in the eyes of our clients,” says David G. Gallagher, President and CEO of AGC.
“I am very humbled and excited to be joining this best-in-class organization with a strong reputation of dedicated leadership in the industry. I look forward to spearheading its growth, while we continue to innovate and collaborate with our clients,” says Craig Mueller, VP and CCO of AGC.
Mr. Mueller earned a bachelor’s degree in petroleum engineering from Louisiana State University.
About American Gilsonite Company
AGC operates as an industrial minerals company and is the world’s primary miner and processor of uintaite, a variety of asphaltite, a specialty hydrocarbon which AGC markets to industrial customers under its registered trademark name “Gilsonite®”. Gilsonite® uintaite is a glossy black, solid, naturally occurring hydrocarbon similar in appearance to hard asphalt and is believed to be found in commercial quantities only in the Uinta Basin in northeastern Utah. Because of its unique chemical and physical properties, Gilsonite® has been used in more than 160 products. The Company sells its products to customers in four primary markets: (i) oil and gas, (ii) inks and paints, (iii) foundry and (iv) asphalt. AGC is headquartered in Houston, Texas, with mining facilities based in Bonanza, Utah.
American Gilsonite opens new doors in Middle East at ADIPEC 2018
January 22, 2019
American Gilsonite recently took part in one of the world’s largest oil and gas conferences – the 2018 Abu Dhabi International Petroleum Exhibition and Conference (ADIPEC). The event, held in November 2018, was attended by 145,000 industry professionals from over 67 countries across the globe.
ADIPEC provided a unique opportunity to demonstrate how to identify true Gilsonite® uintaite and to showcase its superior advantages in cementing and drilling fluids in virtually any downhole environment around the world.
Representing American Gilsonite at the conference were Ghery Sotomayor – Senior Account Manager, Drilling Fluids; Ashley Barnes – Analyst; and Rozalina Bojey – Marketing Coordinator. Ms. Bojey recently joined the team to expand American Gilsonite’s customer base in the Middle East and Far East markets in conjunction with the opening of American Gilsonite’s Dubai Supply Center in February 2019. American Gilsonite Company also has a Singapore Supply Center, which opened in October 2018.
Ghery Sotomayor reported that American Gilsonite “had outstanding attendance and response at the booth, including meaningful interactions with regional customers and potential business partners that have set the agenda for 2019.”
American Gilsonite sponsors forward-looking session at 2018 IPAA conference in New Orleans
January 17, 2019
The 89th annual Independent Petroleum Association of America (IPAA)conference was held at the Ritz-Carlton in New Orleans November 11-14, 2018 and included 3 days of timely, informative sessions.
American Gilsonite was pleased to sponsor the “Technology Adoption and the Future of Oil & Gas” session. The presentation covered how the oil and gas industry is in a position to benefit from advances in artificial intelligence that can provide exponential performance gains and increased profitability. The challenge was also addressed as to how to integrate game-changing technology without disrupting the stability of operations.
American Gilsonite President and CEO David Gallagher also had the honor of introducing the keynote speaker, Mrs. Candace Owens, at the Membership Luncheon on November 13.
American Gilsonite celebrates the opening of their Singapore distribution center
November 8, 2018
American Gilsonite is pleased to announce the opening of our South East Asia distribution center. Located in Singapore, our newest supply center is strategically situated to expand our customer base in the region, as well as to better serve the needs of existing customers.
The distribution center will stock our full line of Gilsonite® uintaite products for drilling fluids and it will be faster and easier than ever to get the world’s only true source of Gilsonite®! South East Asia customers can buy just the amount of Gilsonite® that they need to keep their inventory low, and they can pick up in as soon as 48 hours after placing an order.
“The opening of the Singapore Distribution center signals our continuing strategy to place products closer to the wellhead,” says American Gilsonite Company President and CEO, David Gallagher.
American Gilsonite celebrated the opening with a ribbon cutting ceremony at our new distribution location in Singapore and with a reception on October 4th at the St. Regis Hotel in Kuala Lumpur.
To place an order from the Singapore distribution center, call +1 435-781-4538 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.