Impact is a recognized leader in Wellbore Shielding®, the advanced science behind our FLC® and STAR SHIELD® drilling fluid additives and SHIELD BOND® cement spacer systems. Wellbore Shielding represents a preventative approach to wellbore stability challenges, protecting against fluid and cement losses and formation damage in depleted and mechanically weak formations. Unlike traditional approaches to wellbore stability issues, which are generally reactive, these uniquely engineered solutions reduce non-productive time and total well costs while helping operators increase ultimate recoveries.
In both drilling fluids and our spacer systems, Impact’s proprietary Wellbore Shielding chemistry works the same way: by forming a thin, low-permeability barrier on the face of the formation. This “shield” minimizes fluid and pressure invasion into matrix pores and microfractures to:
- Stabilize and strengthen the wellbore
- Minimize losses and formation damage
- Protect against lost circulation
- Extend the fracture gradient
This preventative approach to wellbore stability challenges has delivered problem-free drilling and successful primary cementing operations in thousands of wells in troublesome formations worldwide.