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In order to maximize the return on their investment, energy operators are striving to constantly improve recovery of oil and gas from the production zone. Evonik’s unique technologies support these endeavors with specialized ingredients that are concentrated yet efficient at low usage levels. Whether it is stimulating a brand new unconventional shale well or improving oil recovery (IOR) from a depleted conventional well, our application technologies will be your key to success.


Protection against acid corrosion in key during acidizing. Evonik multifunctional technologies is significantly less toxic then current options and in addition to acid corrosion inhibition also provides wetting capabilities.

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Evonik offers a broad range of cationic acid thickening agents. These have been used extensively in the oil and gas industry.

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Corrosion costs the oil and gas industry billions of dollars every year. The use of corrosion inhibitors can reduce this to a fraction of the cost. Evonik offers a broad line of technologies for the formulation of high-performance corrosion inhibitor systems. 

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In order to lower costs while boosting performance, formulators prepare a one-time field treatment composed of multiple additive technologies and concentrated additives.

Many of the formulation components are incompatible, which leads to stability problems and separation. In order to stabilize concentrated formulations comprised of multiple additives, Evonik offers various biodegradable coupling agent technologies.

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Evonik's Gemini chemistry is ideal for the formulation of de-emulsifiers in addition to control foaming.

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Dust is an environmental, health, and safety (EHS) challenge to the oil and gas industry. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently revised permissible exposure limit (PEL) for respirable crystalline silica dust present in frac sand (or proppant). Evonik’s biodegradable chemistry has been formulated into dust control agents for many years. Our chemistry will provide the competitive edge in your dust control formulation.

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Evonik offers a broad line of emulsifiers for the oil and gas industry. These are used for the formulation of drilling muds, lubricants, flow-back additives, corrosion inhibitors, H2S scavengers, mutual solvents, and breakers, just to name a few. 

Drilling

Emulsifiers are used primarily in diesel and synthetic oil inverse emulsion drilling fluids as well as direct emulsions drilling fluids. Evonik offers emulsifiers for both systems:

  • Direct Emulsion or pink mud emulsifier: The use of brine based direct emulsions has played an important role in lowering drilling cost in many shale plays. Direct emulsions in drilling is not new, yet the application of unique chemistries that provide superb stabilities under challenging conditions is always a challenge. Please contact Evonik to learn more about our biodegradable emulsifiers for direct emulsions.

  • Inverse or Oil Based Mud Emulsifiers: Inverse Emulsion drilling fluid is the preferred system for majority of mud companies because of its shale stability control and lubricity. Evonik offers a line of drilling mud emulsifiers and wetting agents for the following regions: Latin America, Africa and the Middle East. Please reach out to us for more information.

Stimulation

Evonik’s biodegradable Tomadol® EV surfactants have been used for years to formulate dispersions and micro-emulsions for flowback, slurries and acidizing additives. 

Production

Evonik’s line of multifunctional emulsifiers for production chemical formulation provide both emulsion stability while contributing to corrosion inhibition and lowering of pour point which is essential in winterizing additives for the field.

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Older or non-producing wells are traditionally treated through a squeeze or pill formulated with a blend of surfactants. Evonik offers a broad line of biodegradable surfactants that have been used for years for the improved oil recovery (IOR) in older wells. These surfactants can lower the interfacial tensions (IFT) and hence support the flow of trapped oil.

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Evonik offers a broad line of technologies for foam control, whether it is an additive for a formulation or for emergency foam control. We offer a foam control starter kit representing six types of foam control technologies. Click here to request yours today!

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A stable foam structure is essential for performance and efficiency for various oil and gas operations. Contact Evonik to obtain samples of our foaming additives that perform under high temperature and saline conditions for foam, mist or air drilling.

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A stable foam structure is essential for performance and efficiency for various oil and gas operations. Contact Evonik to obtain samples of our foaming additives that perform under high temperature and saline conditions for gas well deliquification.

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Evonik offers non-emulsifying surfactants for use in acidizing systems.

  • Non-emulsifier

  • HTHP non-emulsifier

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Evonik is a leader in supplying chemistries for the formulation of organophilic clays. Organophilic clays provide rheology or viscosity control for drilling muds and other oil and gas fluids. Whether it is the wet or dry method, offshore or land based, normal or HTHP wells, our ADOGEN® and VARIQUAT® chemistry provides great stability. 

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Evonik supplies a line of superwetting surfactants that have been used as slow released wetting agents for the control of formations damage caused by water. Porous ceramic proppant is used as a carrier to deliver our Arosurf super wetting surfactants downhole and maintain interaction tension low on a long-term basis, hence improve the long-term production of oil or gas. In addition, or wetting agents are also used in the manufacturing of coated proppants.  

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Evonik is a leader in supplying chemistries for the formulation of rig wash and oilfield cleaning detergents. Our concentrated preformulated detergents provide the simplicity and cost reduction for our customers.
Please contact our Active Oxygens product line for information about sanitizing or biocidal wash detergents.

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Steam Assisted Gravity Drainage or SAGD is a challenging oil extraction process. Evonik’s specialty surfactants have been used extensively in this industry. Our thermally stable surfactants support this steam extraction process in improving its efficiency.

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Shale Inhibition or stabilization is key when drilling / fracturing rock formation with dispersing or swelling clays such as kaolinite, lutite, illite or smectite. Evonik offers various chemistries that are more environmentally friendly than traditional additives.

 

Shale stabilization is key when fracturing rock formation with dispersing or swelling clays such as kaolinite, lutite, illite or smectite. Evonik offers various chemistries that are more environmentally friendly than traditional additives. 

  • Concentrated

  • Chlorine free

  • Organic chemical

  • Permanent type shale inhibition

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Guar, polymer, and other slurries are used in various oil and gas applications. Evonik offers a broad line of surfactants for the preparation of slurries according to specific needs. 

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Evonik supplies spacer surfactants for wellbore cleaning that makes surfaces water-wet. Options for synthetic and diesel-based drilling fluids have the following characteristics:

  • Biodegradable

  • Low pour point

  • Renewable source

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In addition to our traditional wetting agents, Evonik offers a broad line of super wetting agents which can reach ultra-low surface tension at low usage levels and help improve the recovery of trapped oil. 

Drilling-Completion

Water-based drilling muds may contain hydrophobic particles such as gilsonite/asphalt that are difficult to water-wet. Evonik offers super wetting agents for water-based muds, that in addition to lowering surface tension, can act as foam control agents.

Cementing

Wetting agents potentially increase shear bonding in cement and water-wet hydrophobic particles such as latex rubber and fibers.  

Stimulation-fracturing

Wetting agents play a key role in modifying the wettability of rock surfaces during stimulation and can increase well production. Evonik’s super-wetting surfactants have a proven record for being formulated as flowback, non-emulsifiers, breakers, and adsorbed on proppant coatings. 

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Surfactants used as wetting agents have played in pivotal role in lowering the cost of oil and gas production. Evonik is a leader in manufacturing wetting agents that reduce interfacial tension (IFT) for oil and gas applications. Many are multifunctional products that also proved foam control.
In addition to our traditional wetting agents, Evonik offers a broad line of super wetters {Link} which can reach ultra-low surface tension at low usage levels.

Drilling-Completion

Water based drilling muds may contain hydrophobic articles such as gilsonite/asphalt that are difficult to water-wet. Evonik offers wetting agents for water, oil, and silicate-based drilling muds, completion brines, and drill-in fluids.

  • Water based mud

  • Oil based mud

  • Drill-in and completion brines

  • Silicate mud

Cementing

Wetting agents potentially increase shear bonding in cement and water-wet hydrophobic particles such as latex rubber and fibers.  

  • Wetting agent and foam control

  • Wetting agent

Stimulation Fracturing

Wetting agents play a key role in modifying the wettability of rock formation during stimulation in order to provide a longer well production life. Evonik’s wetting surfactants have a proven record for being formulated as flowback, non-emulsifiers, breakers, guar and polymer slurries. 

  • Wetting agent and foam control

  • Wetting agent

  • Non-emulsifiers

  • Guar and polymer slurries

  • Peroxide stable

Production

The preparation of multi-component production additives requires strong wetting agents that can support the performance of active ingredients. In addition to wetting agents, Evonik offers biodegradable coupling agents that keep incompatible additives from separating.

  • Wetting agent and foam control

  • Wetting agent

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