Secondly, good reaction in a water environment requires surfactants with a strong lipophilic head and a strong hydrophilic tail. Extensive testing identified a surfactant with a strong lipophilic head which reacts with the Gilsonite and attaches very tenaciously to the powder. At the same time, the hydrophilic tail allows the Gilsonite powder to become easily dispersed in water. In addition, the surfactant provides excellent rewettability and allows for prolonged product storage.
Finally, AGC looked at the best dispersability in a drilling fluid system. A special component was added to make Bore-Plate more readily dispersible.Bore-Plate is a unique, versatile product. It provides excellent shale stability and at the same time helps minimize stuck pipe caused by differential pressure sticking. It effectively seals off sand formations by forming an intermatrix filter cake. Bore-Plate is easily dispersed in most drilling fluid systems and its strong surfactant prevents reactions which could affect wettability and cause coalescing.