What is Gilsonite?
Gilsonite, also known as uintahite or asphaltum, is a bitumen-impregnated rock (asphaltite) mainly found in the Uintah Basin of Utah and Colorado, United States and also Kermanshah of Iran. It is naturally occurring solid hydrocarbon bitumen.
The strength, flexibility, extreme light weight and environmental safety of Gilsonite make it a superior additive for cementing and drilling fluids in the oilfield, as well as improving performance and quality in asphalt, his unique mineral is used in more than 160 products, primarily in dark-colored printing inks and paints, oil well drilling muds and cements, asphalt modifiers, foundry sand additives, and a wide variety of chemical products inks, paints, stains, construction materials and foundry castings.
Natural Gilsonite is non-hazardous and non-toxic. It is a very pure resinous rock, formed of a complex combination of different kinds of hydrocarbons. This unique natural combination, rich in nitrogen and beta-carotenes and low in sulfur, is what makes Gilsonite so special. Its unique chemical and physical properties make Gilsonite a high-performance, multipurpose additive that is also a cost-effective solution.
Gilsonite of our mine is hand-mined in underground shafts using pneumatic jack hammers. We separate Gilsonite by temperature grade, dry and screen it, size it to customer specifications, and submit it to extensive quality control procedures before shipping
Gilsonite main Indications:
1. Drilling Fluids
-Gilsonite improves drilling efficiencies, wellbore, stability, filter cake development and more.
A new standard for speed and strength in concrete expansion joints .
3. Inking and painting Gilsonite.
Superior binding and carbon black dispersion make gilsonite the ideal ink additive.
The unique natural properties of Gilsonite make it the must-have, high-performance ink additive for top quality newspapers, magazines and other publications.
Paints and Stains:
Bond together against the elements with the unique qualities of gilsonite stain and paint additive.
For weatherproof paint bonding and fade-resistant stain pigments, Gilsonite is the high-performance, cost-effective choice.
Because of the unique properties of Gilsonite, it gives paint an excellent bond to almost any material that needs to be protected from the elements. It is a critical high-performance, low-cost paint additive for anticorrosive paints, underbody paints and pipe coatings.
4. Asphalt and paving Gilsonite
Use gilsonite in asphalt binder and recycled asphalt to build roads that last.
High-performance road surfaces have long been made possible with the use of Gilsonite.
Foundries around the world have known for decades that when the fire of molten iron meets foundry sand, Gilsonite makes the difference.
Gilsonite is effective lost circulations materials that assure zonal isolation and reduces environmental risk.
As the challenges presented by today's wellbore configurations increase, a properly designed cementing process is critical to keeping the wellbore isolated, protected and environmentally sound.
What is Gilsonite?