Rigorous trials prove genuine Gilsonite® uintaite will not remass

In laboratory testing and in client use, Gilsonite® uintaite, supplied by American Gilsonite Company, has proven its resistance to caking or remassing, even under high pressure, extreme temperatures and long-term storage. The chemical composition and refined purity of American Gilsonite® uintaite allow particles to remain loose and easy to mix, as opposed to competing products…

Gilsonite® uintaite controls fluid loss without damaging the formation

Gilsonite® reduces formation damage Lab tests show that Gilsonite® uintaite used as a fluid loss control additive in synthetic-based drilling mud (SBM) causes negligible formation damage. Third-party lab testing indicated that mud with Gilsonite® uintaite reduced damage to the hydrocarbon-bearing formation compared to synthetic-based mud alone. Low-tier “black powder” additive damages the formation, reduces permeabilityTesting…

Gilsonite® HMA Modifier reduces asphalt road construction project cost while providing HSE improvements

New German worker safety requirements present a challenge for road paving. German law requires a significant reduction in MAK values (carcinogenic substances in asphalt fumes per m3) by 2024. This presented a challenge when the second largest autobahn in Germany needed renovating. The surface course required a mastic asphalt strong enough to withstand heavy car…

Slurry with Gilsonite® increases yield and reduces cost

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…

Drilling fluid with Gilsonite® outperforms alternative in same field

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,…

Impressive results achieved by replacing OBM fluid loss additives with Gilsonite®

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®…

Study Shows Gilsonite® Offers Superior Mastic Asphalt Performance and Economic Advantages

An independent study was recently conducted to determine how the physical and chemical properties of Gilsonite® uintaite performed compared to Trinidad Lake Asphalt (TLA). The study compared a typical mastic asphalt bitumen modified with 24.4% TLA and formulations of bitumen modified with Gilsonite® at significantly lower concentrations of 5% and 6%. All of the formulations…