SIPDRILL base oils from speciality oil and fluid marketer SIP are helping the industry move to new frontiers
SIP is an independent marketer of speciality oils and fluids and has supplied the global oil and gas industry for over 20 years. With a particular focus on offshore exploration and the drilling sector, its products are used in Europe, Africa and the Middle East.
It markets, supplies and blends an extensive range of base oils for formulating fluids used in international offshore drilling and production operations. These include low-viscosity and sheen-free base oils with trace aromatic levels, high flash points and low pour points – all of which have very low toxicity to marine life.
A focus on innovation and the state of technological advancement is key to SIP’s approach to product development. As operators move to new frontiers and more challenging production profiles, their needs have changed, leading SIP to develop low-viscosity, SIPDRILL base oils – specifically for deep water, high-pressure high-temperature (HPHT) and horizontal drilling operations.
The SIPDRILL range are known for their very low aquatic toxicity, rapid biodegradation and zero bioaccumulation. With low intrinsic viscosity, tight distillation range and relatively low final distillation point, these oils will not thermally crack and are easily stripped from drilled cuttings via mechanical or thermal recovery units – requiring far less energy than higher viscosity, higher-density fluids, and ultimately resulting in lower costs.
SIPDRILL base oils are available in a range of viscosities from 1.7 to 3.9 centistokes (at 40°C). Depending on the nature of the oil, they can also be highly biodegradable, with purity certified to meet the US FDA 21 CFR 178.3620 (b) standard for incidental food contact products.
As a member of the European Oilfield Speciality Chemicals Association (EOSCA), SIP is now working in close collaboration with various partners to develop a range of synthetic biodegradable fluids from 100% renewable and fully sustainable feed stocks.