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Who is PT OBM Drilchem?

PT OBM Drilchem is an Indonesian manufacturing Company specializing in the development of specialty drilling fluid additives for borehole stability/strengthening as well as proprietary Lost Circulation Materials for curing severe losses. The company founded by Mr. Mohammad As’ad and Mr. Ryanto Husodo in January 1996.

What are the types of loss zones?

Mud losses can occurs to six various types of formations:
a. Highly permeable formations (permeable sand or depleted sand formations)
b. Natural fractures, Micro fractures
c. Induced fractures
d. Vugular/carvernous formations

What type of product and solutions that PT OBM Drilchem can contribute in drilling operations oil and gas? Are they non damaging products?

As a result of many years of testing and development we have created two distinct product lines which have proven to be exceptionally successful in addressing even the most severe fluid loss and our products are non damaging to producing formations as well as environmentally friendly ie. 100% biodegradable.

These products are designed to be used proactively in the drilling fluid to prevent seepage to partial loss during the drilling process which is the main initial cause to wellbore instability. Added to the drilling fluid continuously during the process these products will seal any micro fracture/fractures which will prevent any fluid loss and consequently preventing fluid contact to Shales or Unconsolidated Sand hence wellbore stability can be achieved and substantially reduce Non Productive Time (NPT).

These products are designed to be used as pills to cure severe to total loss situations. Kept on the rig as a standby to reactively treat severe loss circulation and they are to be deployed through circulating sub or open ended string. It is very unlikely that these products are able to cure total loss situation when there is no weight on bit (free falling into a huge cavern or fault).

What make a different between OBM Drilchem Products compare to the other LCM?

The different are determined from the product raw materials it self and the specially engineered particle size distribution. Our LCM are made from organic fibers and specific type of inorganic material combined with the specially engineered particle size distribution of the products are very effectively in sealing micro fractures highly permeable formations and its filter cake is impermeable.

Are OBM Drilchem products patented?

Yes, our products are patented for the following countries: Indonesia, Australia and India.

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Can you verify on the shelf life of FRACSEAL and STOPLOSS?.

FRACSEAL and STOPLOSS LCM is a stable material and does not have an expiry date. However the packaging it self can be compromised due to extended exposure to the elements of UV rays via sunlight and rain, hence the recommendation in our supplied MSDS for storage in a covered area is noted. Once the packaging has been compromised, the material can become water logged, clumpy and will impossible to be utilised effectively in a field application.


It is specially engineered organic fibers to Function sealing any permeability from micro fractures to highly permeable formations such as unconsolidated sand. When mix or added into active mud system and or added into sweep pills and spotting pills, it make filter cake impermeable and prevent any fluid penetrating the wellbore thus making the wellbore stable. Wellbore instability is the result of fluid penetration into the wellbore. This impermeable filter cake also significantly reduce torque and drag, stabilizes shales, coal and unconsolidated sands formation, improve return permeability, no restriction to pumping through any BHA.
Packaging: 1 pallet = 40 sax (25lbs/sax)

What is the recommended concentration using FRACSEAL?

Normal initial concentration is 6-8 ppb in drilling fluids system but can be increased if there is sign of seepage loss or tight hole.

What is DRIL-EZY?

Acid soluble proprietary additive specially designed for drilling through payzone formations and also will provide wellbore stability, it functions in the same manner as Fracseal fibers. Function as: Loss prevention material when mix into active system and can be used as spotting pill, the DRIL-EZY filter cake can easily be removed by peel off (by reversing pressure) or by soaking with acid, no restriction to pumping through any BHA.
Packaging: 1 pallet= 40 sax (40 lbs/sax).

What is the recommended concentration using DRIL-EZY?

With 10 ppb will give an excellent wellbore stability and because of its matrix creating a one way impermeable filter cake it prevents fine clay/drill solid particles from entering the pores as well as effectively seal producing from any losses.


Proprietary single sack blend of specialized biodegradable materials, its function is to cure severe to total loss circulation material in non reservoir section. The Stoploss Pill must be pumped through open end pipe or circulating sub or large jets (with minimum 1 inch port diameter). Also provides near wellbore strengthening capabilities in unconsolidated formations or brittle formations.
Packaging: 1 pallet= 40 sax (25 lbs/sax)

What is the recommended concentration using STOPLOSS?

Recommended concentration is 50 ppb. Concentration can be increased up to 70 ppb depends ony the severity of the loss circulation and formation type.

What is SOLU-SEAL?

Proprietary single sack blend of specialized Acid Soluble materials, its function is a loss circulation material for curing severe to total losses also applicable in reservoir section, the SOLU-SEAL Pill must be pumped through open ended pipe/string or circulating sub (with minimum 1 inch port diameter).
Packaging: 1 pallet=40 sax (40 lbs/sax)

What is the recommended concentration using SOLU-SEAL?

Recommended concentration is 100 ppb. The SOLU-SEAL filter cake can be removed by acidizing.

How does FRACSEAL and DRIL-EZY (for reservoir) works?

The active containing FRACSEAL or DRIL-EZY works simply by sufficient over balance of the mud weight, it will form a thin and strong impermeable filter cake and will seal any micro fractures/fractures thus preventing drilling fluid penetrating deep into the formations. Contact of drilling fluid to formations is the main cause of wellbore instability especially chemically sensitive shales and in unconsolidated sand formations the impermeable filter cake will strengthen the formation preventing it from collapse/sloughing.

How does STOPLOSS and SOLU-SEAL (for reservoir) works?

The special engineered range of Particle Size will form a matrix and combined with drill solids from the mud will effectively seal big fractures/vugs.

Is there any special handling or surface preparation before rig run our product?

A standard mixing and spotting procedure has been set up in order for effective deployment of the pill, this Standard Operating Procedure will ensure when drilling ahead no LCM materials are left in the flow line.

Are there any effects on mud performance when adding FRACSEAL to the system (such as: mud properties and rheology)?

There are no significant change in mud properties. Lab test has been performed to ensure the reliability of our product.

What is the recommended API size shaker screen selection when mixing FRACSEAL?

Our recomendation is to use API 100 screen shaker size to maintain FRACSEAL concentration in active mud sytem. However regular test of FRACSEAL concentration has to be performed using FIT test kit to ensure FRACSEAL optimum performance.

After spotting pills, losses were reduced, however once circulation is resumed losses starts again, any suggestion?

Immediate response to a problem like this would be to set a maximum acceptable loss rate and drill ahead with high ROP. When just circulating and rotating they will wash away the LCM more efficiently than while drilling and creating cuttings and to make sure that hesitation squeeze is allowed as per standard SOP. ( refer to operation in Pakistan).

Is the Stop Loss settable cake LCM? If so, Does it develop compressive strength?

STOPLOSS LCM does Not form a Settable Cake (cement, resins polymeric agents etc). The plug formed does Not develop compressive strength.

Is the stop loss a high fluid loss that requires a hesitation squeeze and dehydration to work efficiently? If so, please send the recommended pressures, time and step flow rate for the dehydration, required for the hesitation squeeze.

STOPLOSS LCM contains a very broad range PSD. These particles form a dense plug into and across the loss paths (fractures, vugs and in unconsolidated formations spaces), when left to settle for the recommended 34 hours soak period. Post this soak period, application of moderate PSI (via ECD or up to 250psi) on the plug, squeezes it further into the loss paths as well as dehydrating it in place, leaving an impermeable sealed plug in place . The plug left within the wellbore can be washed out leaving the loss zone sealed and strengthened as in the case of an unconsolidated zone (Gravel beds etc). The plug formed has been tested on a 500 micron slotted disc at up to 3800psi, for 30 mins with Zero Leak-Off. ( refer to operation in Saudi Arabia).

After we have pumped the STOPLOSS pill thru pumping unit, the Cementer had to replace all the discharge valves on the triplex pump.

These valves are not designed for pumping a fluid with such solid content as STOPLOSS pill. Please avoid to pump STOPLOSS thru pumping unit.