Barite is used by the petroleum industry as a weighting material in formulation of "drilling mud". Barite increases the hydrostatic pressure of the drilling mud allowing it to compensate for high-pressure zones experienced during drilling. The softness of the mineral also prevents it from damaging the drilling tools during the drilling process and enables it to serve as a lubricant.
Micronised Mineral Solutions Pty Ltd (MMS) mines and manufactures Barite, a high purity Barium Sulphate (BaSO4) product that is ground to a very fine grain size. MMS sources Barite from its own quarry south of Darwin and utilises its advanced manufacturing facility to enable the efficient delivery of fine ground Barite to API standards and delivery options including bulker bag and bulk tanker to customers' silos.
Barite is used as a weighting agent to increase mud density in all types of drilling systems; especially for Oil & Gas sector.
It is a critical component for the stabilisation of a mud system to control formation pressures and stabilise the borehole.
MMS is currently supplying Quicklime to reputed companies
Project: CONOCO PHILLIPS
Description: Supply of Drilling Grade Barite to Baker Hughes who supports Barite requirements for various Conoco Phillips projects.
AUSTRALIAN MUD COMPANY
Project: Beach Energy Perth Basin Waitsia project
Description: Supply of Drilling Grade Barite to Australian Mud Co. who supports Barite requirements to Beach Energy Waitsia project.
NEWPARK DRILLING FLUIDS
Project: FALCON OIL & GAS and SANTOS McARTHUR BASIN project
Description: Supply of Drilling Grade Barite to Newpark Drilling who support Barite requirements for Falcon Oil & Gas as well as Santos McArthur Basin project.