• Drilling & Completion Fluids

    You can’t afford a failure—and that means that we can’t, either. Reliability is mandatory in any application, of course…but as we push into extreme environments, the cost of failure increases exponentially. Our products come ready to meet that challenge.

    As a technology innovator, Baker Hughes stands behind our brand promise. That means that each one of our drilling and completions fluids must meet standards and specifications that ensure that our promise is fulfilled.

    From design to deployment, our promise of quality ensures reliable function. And that means more performance, more production, and more value.

  • MAX-BRIDGE ADVANCED BRIDGING SOLUTION

    MAX-BRIDGE™ can keep you on the right path through extreme overbalanced pressures and changing fracture gradients. It’s more than just an oil- or water-based bud. It’s a customized solution optimized with proprietary bridging agents to address your specific formation challenges. Our fluid experts help you seal pore throats and fractures-replacing stuck pipe, well collapse, and mud losses with more performance, more confidence, and more value.

    A record overbalanced pressure of 5,800psi drilled with minimal losses in Oman.
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  • PER-FLEX HIGH-PERFORMANCE WATER-BASED FLUID SYSTEM

    The PER-FLEX high-performance water-based fluid system is a patented (US Patent 6,703,351) mud designed to close the significant drilling performance gap between conventional water-based and emulsion-based drilling fluids without sacrificing environmental compliance. It can overcome many of the technical challenges that could otherwise limit their application.

    The PER-FLEX system is ideal when you need the highest drilling performance available in water-based mud. This is the alternative to synthetic-based muds in areas such as deepwater, where environmental concerns and electronic image quality are top priorities.

    With an increase in exploratory drilling activity in Colombia, different technologies and environmentally-friendly alternatives have been proposed in the Colombian drilling market...
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  • MAGMA-TEQ OIL-BASED DRILLING FLUID

    We developed MAGMA-TEQ™ oil-based drilling fluid to meet the requirements of deviated HP/HT wells. The suspension properties eliminate density differences that occur commonly in conditions that can’t be managed simply by typical oil-based muds. This fluid maintains constant density in static and dynamic conditions.

    The MAGMA-TEQ system is stable up to 500° F (260° C) and pressure exceeding 30,000 psi (206.8 MPa). You can weight this system to densities above 18.5 lb/gal (2.2 s.g.) using our weighting system. Or you can use barite, hematite, ilmenite, and common nonaromatic base oils.

    The operator wanted to explore the lower part of the M-Sand formation at Malay Basin which has ultra-high temperature exceeding 232°C (450°F), and anticipated pore pressure exceeding 13,000 psi (89.63 MPa), and needed a fluid...
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  • Reservoir Protection

    Our mission is to identify and anticipate your needs. That’s why we tailor our fluids solutions not to what we think you need, but what your team and our mud experts determine to be the best solution for you. Then it’s a matter of working together to be sure that our service is always reliable, timely, and practical.

    And today, that service is even more personal. To meet the highly variable needs of our customers around the globe, we have a completely flexible business approach—from providing full wellsite services to supplying specific products to an individual location.

    We make it our business to work intimately with you so that nothing is left to guesswork. And that means more performance, more production, and more value.

  • RESERVOIR DRILL-IN FLUIDS

    Our reservoir drill-in fluids are specialized systems formulated to protect your pay zone during wellbore construction, simplify your clean-up process, and maximize your hydrocarbon recovery. The full suite of drill-in fluids protect reservoirs that range from unconsolidated sandstones to fractured limestones.

    Engineered to lower overall completion costs while optimizing production rates, Baker Hughes drill-in fluids deliver all the properties required from typical drilling fluids while still protecting the pay zone against costly formation damage.

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    Deepwater challenges met in long horizontal interval in Gulf of Mexico.
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  • HIGH-PRESSURE DEBRIS FILTRATION UNITS

    To remove solids from completion and fracturing fluids, Baker Hughes has designed a versatile, unique high-pressure debris filter unit (HPDU). The HPDU protects downhole tools and equipment by keeping the fluids free of damaging debris.

    The unit can reduce the rate of downhole completion tool failures caused by debris, assuring operators that wellbore debris will not diminish production, and it connects directly to the rig standpipe downstream of rig tanks and high-pressure pumps. It works in many environments, including in land, shelf, and deepwater environments, and can operate in environments up to 10,000 psi (690 bar), providing protection from potentially damaging debris during high-pressure pumping operations.

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    The Baker Hughes high-pressure debris filtration unit is the last line of defense in maintaining a solids-free completion environment. Positioned downstream of rig pumps, fluid is filtered by the HPDU just prior to entering the wellbore. The HPDU captures any debris...
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  • MICRO-CURE CASED-HOLE REMEDIATION SYSTEM

    When you want to revive declining well production, inducing hydraulic fractures or drilling a new well may not be the most practical course of action. The more immediate and economical approach to enhance production in a damaged well is to squeeze a remedial soak solution into the existing perforations.

    Our innovative MICRO-CURE™ cased-hole remediation system is designed to eliminate common near-wellbore damage, allowing increased production rates and maximizing your return on investment.

    An operator had been producing crude oil in Um Ghadeir field in West Kuwait for 15 years. Production in an underperforming well continued to decline after seven workover operations, including water shut off and replacing the electrical submersible pump (ESP)...
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  • Fluids Environmental Services

    Flawless execution is a powerful combination of knowledgeable people, a culture of safety, and clear and consistent communication. That’s what the Baker Hughes team brings to all of our fluids projects.

    We train our people rigorously with formal curricula like our “Qualified to Perform” program—and we support them with some of the most expert fluids minds in the business. Our HSE team pioneered the “Perfect HSE Day” that many of our customers and competitors emulate, and whose tenets our own employees live by each day. And we make sure that we communicate—up and down the chain—so there’s no confusion and no misunderstanding.

    We back it up with world-class manufacturing and supply chain capabilities. And that means more performance, more production, and more value.

  • FLUIDS ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICES

    Baker Hughes is focused on creating innovative, cost-effective solutions designed to help you mitigate or eliminate the environmental impact of oil and gas exploration and production. We work in four major disciplines to help manage industry waste: solids control, cuttings reinjection and conveyance, cuttings processing, and liquids processing.

    Among the environmental benefits are a reduction in mud loss, waste volume to be transported (and consequently a reduction in transportation fuel and greenhouse gas generation), and risk of spills and contaminations during the drill cuttings transportation and disposal cycle.

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    CASE HISTORY
    Working for a customer in Brazil, Baker Hughes installed and operated complete drying systems on 37 deepwater rigs and delivered uptime levels >99.8% over a three-year period.
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  • BLUE JAY BULK TRANSFR SERVICE

    The Baker Hughes Blue Jay™ bulk transfer system, the tallest and largest storage tank on the market, has a cuttings capacity of approximately 40 tons (36.3 Mt) and is operated from a control panel that can be placed remotely. Even though it offers such capacity, the Blue Jay™ storage tank can store the same amount of cuttings as conventional rig storage cutting systems.

    The tank’s limited use of deck space and high transfer capacity make it an ideal solution for rig and cuttings reinjection in conjunction with slurrification. The system offers the added flexibility of transporting cuttings to shore in skips, if required (53.4 Mt/hr).

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    A North Sea operator who wanted to reduce its dependence on offshore skips commissioned Baker Hughes to deliver a cuttings handling system that would add rig storage and pneumatic conveyance to one of its supply vessels...
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