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3M Glass Bubbles HGS Series

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3M Advanced Materials Division

3M™ Glass Bubbles HGS Series

Introduction

When drilling and cementing across highly depleted zones and weaker formations, low-density systems are required to prevent / minimize problems associated with excessive overbalance conditions including fluid loss / lost circulation, differential sticking, minimal penetration rates, formation damage, and reduced well productivity.

The use of 3M™ Glass Bubbles HGS Series as density reducing agents for drilling, completion, work-over fluids, and cement slurries offers the potential for:

  • Reduced Non Productive Time (NPT)

  • Improved well integrity

  • Increased well productivity

3M glass bubbles HGS series are engineered hollow glass spheres specially formulated for a high strength-to-weight ratio. This allows greater survivability under demanding downhole conditions.

Features and Benefits

  • Successfully and predictably reduce the control fluid density

  • Incompressible and more homogeneous control fluid properties compared to aerated systems

  • Eliminate the need for specialized equipment used in foamed cement

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Effective Densities at Pressure (Not for specification purposes.)

3M Glass Bubbles HGS Series in Drilling, Completion and Work-over Fluids

  • Compatible with both water and oil based systems

  • More economical and allow a greater density reduction window than synthetic oils

  • Helps achieve and maintain the target density throughout the drilling operation:

Light – when synthetic oils are used as base fluid, densities as low as 5.5 lb/gal (0.66 kg/l) can be achieved.

Tiny – HGS8000X and HGS19K46 remain in the fluid when circulating through solids control equipment, including shale shakers, hydrocyclones and centrifuges.

Tough – resistant to shear and impact forces when circulating through bit nozzles and impacting formation walls.

  • Offer the potential for higher performance through increased rate of penetration (ROP)

  • Reduce your cost through reconditioning and reuse of the lightweight fluid

3M™ Glass Bubbles HGS Series in Cementing

  • Consistency batch-to-batch, location-to-location

  • Broad effective density at any pressure

  • Improved density reduction capacity – cement slurry density values below 9.0 lb/gal (1.1 kg/l) have been achieved.

Low-density, high-strength 3M™ Glass Bubbles HGS Series are lighter and stronger and help achieve the highest strength-toweight cement designs.

Light weight cement slurries made with 3M glass bubbles HGS series help prevent problems associated with fluid loss/lost circulation such as reduced top of cement (TOC) and thus the need for remedial squeeze. Additional benefits include the potential for:

  • Reduced Wait-On-Cement (WOC)

  • Reduced need for multi-staging

3M Advanced Materials product realization process and manufacturing sites are aligned to ISO 9001 Quality Systems. Test data is generated by following documented procedures and test methods.

Typical Physical Properties (Not for specification purposes.)

Isostatic Crush Strength*

Typical Physical Properties

*Tests performed in nitrogen for test pressure up to 6000 psi and in glycerol for test pressure 8000 psi and above

Particle Size (micron, by volume) (Not for specification purposes.)

Particle Size

True Density (Not for specification purposes.)

True Density

Typical Physical Properties (Not for specification purposes.)

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All values determined at 77°F (25°C) unless otherwise specified

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*Tests performed in nitrogen for test pressure up to 6000 psi and in glycerol for test pressure 8000 psi and above

Packaging and Labeling

3M™ Glass Bubbles HGS Series are packaged in four-foot high, heavyduty polyolefin bags to help prevent damage during normal handling and shipping, and to protect the product from incidental exposure to outdoor weather conditions. Each container will be labeled with:

  1. Name of manufacturer

  2. Type of 3M glass bubbles

  3. Load ID numbers

  4. Quantity in pounds

  5. Density of product

Processing

Glass bubble breakage may occur if the product is improperly processed. To minimize breakage, avoid high shear processes, point contact shear such as gear pumps or 3-roll mills, and processing pressures above the strength test pressure for each product.

Product Storage, Handling & Safety

Storage: Ideal storage conditions include unopened cartons in a dry and temperature-controlled warehouse.

Extended exposure of 3M™ Glass Bubbles boxes to high humidity and / or conditions susceptible to condensation may result in some amount of “caking” of the glass bubbles. To minimize the potential for caking and thereby maximize storage life, the following suggestions are offered:

  1. Carefully re-tie opened bags immediately after use.

  2. If the polyethylene bag is punctured during shipping or

    handling, seal the hole as soon as possible or insert the contents into an undamaged bag.

  3. During hot and/or humid months, store boxes in the driest, coolest space available.

If controlled storage conditions are unavailable, carry a minimum inventory and process on a first in / first out basis.

Handling: Due to the low weight and small particle size of 3M glass bubbles, dusting may occur while handling and processing. To minimize the dusting potential during handling, consider the following:

  1. Do not open glass bubbles packages until ready to use.

  2. Upon opening, have an air siphon near the opening to pull away airborne particles. (Dust collection equipment may be required – check local OSHA and other applicable regulations.)

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Product Storage, Handling & Safety

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Extended exposure of 3M™ Glass Bubbles boxes to high humidity and / or conditions susceptible to condensation may result in some amount of “caking” of the glass bubbles. To minimize the potential for caking and thereby maximize storage life, the following suggestions are offered:

  1. Remove glass bubbles with a suction “wand” (with slight positive pressure aeration) and transfer to a closed mixing tank inside fully contained piping. If a closed mixing tank is not available, use dust collection equipment as close as practical to the point of entry. Pneumatic conveyor systems have been used successfully to transport glass bubbles without dusting from shipping containers to batch mixing equipment. Equipment vendors should be consulted for recommendations.

  2. Static eliminators should be used to prevent static buildup.

Product Storage, Handling & Safety

Safety: For worker protection, please consider the following:

  • Use safety glasses with side shields for eye protection.

  • For respiratory protection, wear an appropriate NIOSH / MSHA approved respirator based on airborne concentration of contaminants and in accordance with OSHA regulations. (For additional information about personal protective equipment, refer to the product Safety Data Sheet.)

  • Use with appropriate local exhaust ventilation / dust collection in the work area.

Additional Information

3M™ Glass Bubbles are supported by global sales, technical and customer service resources, with fully-staffed technical service laboratories in the U.S., Europe, Japan, Latin America and Southeast Asia. Users benefit from 3M’s broad technology base and continuing attention to product development, performance, safety and environmental issues.

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