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Clay / Shale Stabilizers

Clay / Shale Stabilizers

In unconventional shales, unstable formations consist of the sedimentary rock made from clay and other minerals. During the drilling phase, sloughing shales can cause caving of the formation or, in some instances, the equipment to get stuck.

ShaleTreat Shale Stabilizer

ShaleTreat is a water soluble shale and clay stabilizer composed of low molecular weight polymers and quaternaries. The product effectively complements KCl fluids in the control of heaving and sloughing shales and swelling clays during air mist, stable foam, stiff foam and clean fluid drilling operations. ShaleTreat adsorbs onto the formation face to provide a temporary impervious barrier between drilling fluids and the water sensitive zone.