Water-Based Drilling Fluid Systems

Customized solutions
Despite the excellent track record demonstrated by invert emulsion fluids, operators continue searching for a water-based system that will give comparable performance. Increasing concern is placed on environmental impact of operations, making water-based alternatives more attractive.

Baroid has engineered high-performance water-based fluids that emulate the performance of an invert emulsion fluid. Each fluid system is customized to address specific drilling challenges.

Highly inhibitive products combat shale swelling and provide wellbore stability
Baroid’s inhibitive water-based systems help combat the swelling and fracturing of shale while drilling. These inhibition capabilities allow the fluid to exhibit very stable yield point and gel strength values over the entire range of temperatures normally encountered in deepwater and shelf drilling.

Low solids and maximum shear thinning capabilities
Baroid high-performance water-based fluids include shear thinning properties, capability to withstand high temperatures, increased fluid loss control, greatly improved hole cleaning and wellbore stability when compared to conventional water-based fluids; all while complying with environmental regulations and minimizing impact in the most environmentally sensitive areas.

Higher rates of penetration
High-performance water-based systems are very low in colloidal content contributing to high rates of penetration. These non-dispersed fluids show similar performance to invert emulsion fluids but maintain all the benefits of a water-based fluid. Inhibitive properties enable minimal drilling issues to be encountered, enabling sustained higher ROP.

BaraShale™ Lite Fluid System
Halliburton's BaraShale™ Lite Fluid System, a high performance water-based fluid, was engineered to maintain full salt saturation with reduced density to help prevent lost circulation and minimize waste disposal costs in formations containing salt layers and low fracture pressure.
PERFORMADRIL® Water-Based Drilling System
PERFORMADRIL is a water-based drilling system providing a high degree of clay control, wellbore stability and performance based rates of penetration.
HYDRO-GUARD® System
The HYDRO-GUARD® system is a water-based drilling fluid designed to provide maximum shale stabilization in highly reactive clays.
Water-Based Fluid Descriptions and Applications

Water-Based Fluid Descriptions and Applications

Learn more about Baroid’s customized water-based fluids.

Water-Based Drilling Fluid Systems

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Summary Summary SHALEDRIL® F Water-Based Fluid Proves Successful on Troublesome Fayetteville Shale
The Marrowian shale that lies above the Fayetteville Shale in Arkansas is highly reactive and prone to fracturing and delamination. It is typically drilled with an Invert Emulsion fluid, which reduces the chance of swelling of this formation.
Summary Summary BaraShale™ Lite Fluid System - Sales Data Sheet
For Fields with Salt Formations and Low Fracture Pressures
Summary Summary Qatar: Engineered PERFORMADRIL® Fluid System with BARACARB® Bridging Agents Helped Save 3 Days of Rig Time and $4M
Qatar Shell Services Company (QSSC ) was planning to drill and core an 8½” reservoir section in an exploration well in the Pre-Khuff formation. The primary target was the Jauf Reservoir, and the Unayzah Reservoir was the secondary target. QSSC was seeking an environmentally-friendly fluid system that could help minimize formation damage and provide optimum shale inhibition for increased wellbore stability over an extended period of time during well logging. As an added challenge, the expected temperature in the reservoir section was expected to be 300°F.
Summary Summary Mexico: BOREMAX® High-Performance Water-Based Fluid Helped Reduce Operational Cost & Non-Productive Time
To reach the Upper Pliocene formation, Industrias Costa Mesa needed to drill through the Paraje Solo formation – which consisted of sands and sedimented clay in a shallow water environment. This section was to be drilled vertical with a 26” bit and conventional bottom hole assembly up to 3,280 ft. mud depth.
Summary Summary Saudi Arabia: Inhibitive HYDRO-GUARD® System and Engineered Lost Circulation Blend Save 5 Days in Complex Wellbore
Multiple severe loss zones were encountered on offset wells, ranging in depth from 5,100 ft to near total depth at approximately 9,500 ft total vertical depth (TVD). Heavy lost circulation material (LCM) treatments and cement plugs were only partially effective in reducing losses. The complex wellbore also presented potential issues with swelling shale, gas/salt water influxes and differential sticking, all of which had been observed on offsets.
Summary Summary BOREMAX® system saves operator US$180,000 in rig time
BOREMAX® System Customized with BXR™-L and BDF™-490 Shale Stabilizers Saves Six Days of Rig Time
Summary Summary Customized Fluid and Right-Size Shaker Screen Solution Saves Rig 17 Hours
Saturated-Salt Fluid and Right-Size Screens Safely Deliver Gauge Hole, Saving Time on Exploration Well
Summary Summary HYDRO-GUARD® WBM eliminates zero-discharge concerns and related costs
Successful deepwater well drilled with high-performance HYDRO-GUARD® water-based mud avoids zero-discharge costs
Summary Summary SHALEDRIL® Family of Water-Based Fluids - Sales Data Sheet
The SHALEDRIL® family of water-based fluids are formulated to specific formation characteristics of each shale basin and provide comparable drilling performance to invert emulsion fluids.
Summary Summary PERFORMADRIL Maintains Wellbore Stability & Eliminates Cutting Costs on Challenging Deepwater Angola Project
PERFORMADRIL® System Helps Maintain Wellbore Stability and Eliminate Cuttings Costs on Challenging Deepwater Angola Project
Summary Summary Optimized Fluids Help Operator Save $2.96 Million
Solution saves 37 days of drilling time, achieving field record
Summary Summary HYDRO-GUARD® system and STEELSEAL® LCM help eliminate casing run
HYDRO-GUARD® system and STEELSEAL® LCM bridging treatment help eliminate casing run in depleted zones
Summary Summary Inhibitive HYDRO-GUARD® WBM and DFG™ Modeling Software Deliver Trouble-free Drilling, Saving US$ 360K
Offset wells experienced multiple downhole issues: » High torque » Lost circulation » Reactive clays » Gas and water flows » Differential sticking
Summary Summary HYDRO-GUARD® System Enables Operator to Achieve Drilling Record in Horizontal Well
System delivers significant cost savings and operational efficiencies
Summary Summary Engineered Low-Density Polymer WBM Saves Rig Time and Casing String in High-Temperature Well
Engineered Low-Density Polymer WBM Saves Rig Time and Casing String in High-Temperature Well
Summary Summary Inhibitive HYDRO-GUARD® WBM Helps Set New Field Record, Saving USD 3 Million
Baroid Solution stabilizes wellbore in reactive clays
Summary Summary High-Temperature Water-Based Fluid Proves Successful in Tight-Gas Field Development
High-Performance Fluid System Optimizes Drilling Operation
Summary Summary BaraShale™ Lite Fluid Enables Sustained Success of Unconventionals in Low-Cost Oil Environment
To sustain operations in the Permian Basin against the low-cost oil environment, operators needed to achieve superior borehole integrity and annular isolation, and to reduce drilling time and waste disposal costs.
Summary Summary Inhibitive HYDRO-GUARD® HPWBM Delivers Trouble-Free Gauge Hole, Zero Cuttings Handling Costs
Baroid Solution saves operator several days of rig time
Summary Summary Optimized CARBONOX® WBM Weighted Up to 2.55 sg (21.3 lb/gal) for High-Pressure Exploration Well
An operator in Argentina’s Parva Negra field planned to re-enter and deepen an extended-reach well that had been temporarily abandoned in 2015. A high-density drilling fluid would be needed to maintain well control. The ability to control equivalent circulating density (ECD) and optimize rheological properties would be critical to the success of this exploratory well operation.
Summary Summary HYDRO-GUARD® Water-Based Drilling Fluid System Stabilizes Problem Salt/Shale Formation
Saturated-salt HYDRO-GUARD® WBM replaced OBM in a trial well, providing the same drilling performance.
Summary Summary Oman: HYDRO-GUARD® WBM Saves Six Days on Long 12-1/4-Inch Section with Reactive Clays, Potential Loss Zones
The 12-1/4-inch section was the longest interval of the well, with a planned casing setting depth of approximately 3,600 meters (11,811 feet). Three reactive clay formations would be encountered while drilling this section: the Natih D, Nahr Umr, and Gharif shales. On previous wells, these formations had destabilized, resulting in excessive backreaming during trips and hole pack-off conditions.
Summary Summary Africa: HYDRO-GUARD® water-based fluid system solves shale challenge and nets operator significant savings in remote exploration well
The customer utilized Baroid's HYDRO-GUARD water-based drilling fluid system to deliver the rate of penetration and gauge hole necessary to successfully drill an exploratory well in Offshore Namibia
Summary Summary North Sea: PERFORMADRIL® Solution Maintains Integrity of Deviated, Large-Diameter Hole through Unstable, Reactive Claystone
Baroid successfully used PERFORMADRIL wtaer-based drilling fluid system to drill through a highly unstable and reactive claystone
Summary Summary North Sea: PERFORMADRIL® Drilling Fluid Solution Facilitates Successful Sidetrack through Overpressured Shale
Baroid utilized a customized PERFORMADRIL water-based fluid system to successfully drill a sidetrack through overpressurized shale
Summary Summary Russia: BOREMAX® fresh-Water System reduces costs and enables drilling of interval in one-third of expected time
An operator working in Russia’s Kharyaga Field wished to improve penetration rate and reduce non productive time (NPT), caused by overloading of the solids control equipment and flowline plugging.
Summary Summary US Colorado: Use of SHALEDRIL® Water-Based Drilling Fluid Successfully Mitigates Intermediate Casing Run, Saving Operator Approximately $250,000
In the DJ Basin of Weld County, Colorado, Baroid recommended SHALEDRIL®, its inhibitive water-based system specifically formulated to help combat swelling and sloughing of shale while drilling. The customized fluid system enabled the operator to successfully drill to TD without the time and expense of running 7-inch intermediate casing, saving approximately $250,000.
Summary Summary Egypt: Engineered HYDRO-GUARD® High-Performance Water-Based Fluid and TORQ-TRIM® II Lubricant Saved Operator $1.5M While Drilling 8½" Deviated Hole
An operator working in the Western Desert region of Egypt, planned to drill a deviated well with a 38 degree inclination. The required fluid hydrostatic pressure stabilizing the reactive shales resulted in a 3000 psi overbalance against the depleted 3700 psi reservoir sands pore pressure. Consequently, high torque and differential sticking was expected.
Summary Summary Egypt: HYDRO-GUARD® water-based drilling fluid system replaced competitor silicate mud, delivering stable wellbore through troublesome shale
Baroid recommended HYDRO-GUARD water-based drilling fluid system along with the addition of BAROTROL PLUS additive to provide optimum inhibition in the troublesome shale.
Summary Summary US Wyoming: Baroid’s CLAYSEAL® Shale Stabilizer Provides Excellent Wellbore Stability on Problematic Well
The DJ Basin located in Laramie County, Wyoming is known for its reactive and unstable shales. Preliminary research of offset data indicated that reactive clays may not present a problem in the upper hole section, but issues were anticipated as drilling progressed through the interval. Contrary to the data, while attempting to drill to a total depth of 11,804 ft, an operator encountered excessive torque and drag in the upper vertical section, and also encountered a prolonged open hole due to operational issues.
Summary Summary BaraShale™ Lite Fluid System
Halliburton's BaraShale™ Lite Fluid System, a high performance water-based fluid, was engineered to maintain full salt saturation with reduced density to help prevent lost circulation and minimize waste disposal costs in formations containing salt layers and low fracture pressure.
Summary Summary PERFORMADRIL® Water-Based Drilling System
PERFORMADRIL is a water-based drilling system providing a high degree of clay control, wellbore stability and performance based rates of penetration.
Summary Summary BOREMAX® High-Performance Fresh-Water Fluid
The BOREMAX� non-dispersed, low-solids system is a unique fresh-water drilling fluid that can compete with invert emulsion systems in terms of penetration rates and wellbore stability, while helping operators minimize environmental impact and save on dilution and disposal costs.
Summary Summary HYDRO-GUARD® System
The HYDRO-GUARD® system is a water-based drilling fluid designed to provide maximum shale stabilization in highly reactive clays.
Summary Summary Water-Based Drilling Fluid Systems
Halliburton's Baroid Fluid Services has designed its high performance water-based drilling fluids to meet four basic criteria: extremely inhibitive, highly shear thinning, non-dispersed, and very low in colloidal content.
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