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Gilsonite® uintaite controls fluid loss without damaging the formation

Gilsonite® reduces formation damageLab 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 shows…

GILSONITE® uintaite classified GREEN in rigorous North Sea environmental standards

  Gilsonite® uintaite has registered green under the Norwegian HOCNF Color Category System, demonstrating it is environmentally safe for use in the North Sea where there is potential for discharge into the marine environment. “This registration opens a whole new market since it comes at a time when our customers are looking for environmentally safe…

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…

Accident-free operations earn American Gilsonite highest safety award

American Gilsonite Company has received the mining industry’s highest safety award for its accident-free operations throughout 2019. The Safety Achievement Award from the Industrial Minerals Association – North America (IMA-NA) was presented at the association’s virtual annual meeting on September 22, 2020. While presenting the prestigious award, IMA-NA Chairman Doug Smith explained, “The Safety Achievement…

Asphalt costs reduced 13%+ and performance improved with Gilsonite®

STUDY SHOWS GILSONITE® OFFERS SUPERIOR MASTIC ASPHALT PERFORMANCE AT LOWER ADDITIVE CONCENTRATIONS  An independent study was 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…

American Gilsonite continues expanding customer base in the Middle East at ADIPEC 2019

American Gilsonite once again had a presence at one of the world’s largest and most influential oil and gas conferences – the 2019 Abu Dhabi International Petroleum Exhibition and Conference (ADIPEC). This year’s four-day event, held in November 2019, had a record-breaking attendance of more than 155,000 industry professionals from around the globe. Alongside other…

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…

American Gilsonite Company Announces CEO Succession Plan

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…

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,…

Not everything labeled “gilsonite” is Gilsonite® – here are the differences

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…