Drilling grade barite: the global outlook

By Andrew Scogings
Published: Wednesday, 31 December 2014

As unconventional shale oil and gas exploration and development continues at pace in North America and further afield, Andrew Scogings, Industrial Minerals Consultant, provides an executive summary of IM’s upcoming research report on drilling-grade barite.

Barite (barytes) is naturally-occurring barium sulphate (BaSO4) and is the predominant barium mineral used for industrial purposes. The mineral occurs in veins, stratiform beds and lenses in addition to residual deposits. The largest deposits currently mined are stratiform beds in China, India and the US. Barite is utilised primarily for...

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