Boric Acid In the Oil and Gas Industry

A naturally occurring compound, boric acid contains the elements boron, oxygen, and hydrogen (H3BO3). This crystalline compound offers a number of benefits to the oil and gas industry including being a mild antiseptic and microorganism inhibitor. Boric acid, which is also referred to as hydrogen borate, boracic acid, orthoboric acid, and acidum boricum, looks like table salt, and is white, odorless, and nearly tasteless, though poisonous.

In the oil and gas industry, boric acid has a number of uses such as:

• Helps harden and treat the steel alloys and metal plating used in oil and gas equipment and applications like wells, drilling, transportation, and exploration

• A good flame retardant that helps inhibit the release of combustible gases from burning cellulosic materials

• Commonly used as a cross-linker in oil and gas extraction process to increase the viability of the gelling agent that helps the proppant material do its job

• Disintegrates minerals in rock formations and protects the site from bacterial growth during hydraulic fracturing

It is important to note that boric acid is a health hazard and protective equipment is recommended when handling. To learn more about how the oil and gas industry utilizes boric acid, please call Continental Chemical USA at 1.877.959.5530 or email us today.

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