The barite weighting agent is produced by treating the mineral with chemical reagents, after which the concentrate is dried and milled.
Barite is not soluble in water, acids and oil, chemically inert, capable of absorbing radioactive rays.
Due to its chemical characteristics and properties, it is successfully used in various industries:
– oil and gas: to increase the density of drilling fluids;
– paintwork: for the production of powder paints;
– construction: for the production of concrete of special purpose;
– nuclear and nuclear energy: for the production of protective coatings that reduce the level of radioactivity.Most often, barite is used as a barite weighting agent in the oil and gas industry to increase the density of the drilling fluid to the required value. The use of this weighting agent is due to possible complications during deep and ultra-deep drilling operations, due to the low pressure of the drilling fluid on the borehole walls.
The quality of the barite weighting agent directly depends on the production technology, namely, on the amount of various impurities. When mining in a natural environment, barite, as a rule, contains other substances of natural origin (clay, iron, carbonates, etc.), which negatively affect the properties of the barite weighting agent. Proper adherence to the production technology of barite weighting agent allows you to clean the mineral and get suitable for efficient use of barite weighting agent.