Guar Slurry in the Oil and Gas Industry
The oil and gas industry relies on guar slurry to improve the recovery of natural resources. Guar slurry is a product of the guar bean, a leguminous plant. The seeds of the guar bean are processed to make guar gum, a free-flowing powder which is used as a thickening agent.
Guar slurry is highly viscous and is used in oil and gas recovery because its high viscosity is effective in fracturing tight rock formations. Injecting guar slurry into a well makes high pressure pumping and fracturing a more efficient process. In order to release oil and gas that is trapped in the rock formations, granules, known as proppants, are carried by the highly viscous water that is pumped deep into the wells. Once the water pressure drops, these proppants prevent the fractures from closing and the oil and gas can be removed.
During well drilling, guar slurries are also useful at controlling water loss and viscosity. Guar slurry has effective lubrication properties that keep drill bits moving smoothly and friction reducing properties prevent bits from overheating and binding.
Guar slurry functions as a stabilizer, a thickener, and a suspending agent to stimulate oil wells, to fracture rock formations effectively, and in mud drilling. It is a natural product that increases production and efficiency of oil and gas wells. Guar gum quickly hydrates in cold water to make a slurry and is stable at high pressures, temperatures, and pH levels.
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