Barite (BaSo4) is the naturally occurring mineral from Barium sulphate. The color is usually white, milky or grey but can vary with the presence of purities. A commercially important characteristic of Barite is its relatively high density (4.2 to 4.4 g/cm³) - hence the old name 'heavy spar'. High specific gravity, very low solubility, being chemically and physically inert are considered as the prominent properties of this material.
The leading application of Barite is as a weighting agent in drilling fluid or mud in oil and gas exploration. Finely ground Barite is added to the drilling fluids to increase the density of the column of fluid above the drill bit and thus assists in preventing a blowout. Barites can form up to 40% of fluid by weight. Although there are alternatives, Barite is the favored weighting agent as it is non-corrosive, non-abrasive, insoluble and non-toxic. All in all, among the functions of Barite in drilling we might mention standard weighting agent for drilling mud, increase mud density, control formation pressure, stabilize the borehole, prepare solids-laden plugs for well control application, cost-effective weighting agent, etc.
Barite is also used in other applications such as filler, extender, or weighting agent in products such as paint, plastic and rubber. It is also used as absorber of gamma and X-ray radiation and as a flux and to add brilliance and clarity in glass manufacturing.
Leveraging its experiences and high-tech facilities, Kanikav Company is honorably able to produce more than 130000 Tons of Barite powder per year according to the customers’ demands and as per API standard.