The benefits of Ceramicrete are that the set time can be changed independent of
temperature, the strengths can be changed independent of density, and the particle
size can be changed independent of all other parameters. These three abilities give
drilling operators total control of product selection independent of the wellbore
temperature, permeability, or pressures.
Ceramicrete also has the added advantage of being able to 'activate on the fly'.
"Because we are aggressive with the mix, it would be a concern to mix the ceramic
in a pumping unit and have it set early on the truck. But because we activate the
material as it is being placed, we have a lot more control of where the product
sets," says Getzlaf the President of Cemblend Systems Inc.
One of the biggest benefits of using Ceramicrete is its ability to set hardening
times independent of temperatures. What does this mean for drilling operators? "This
means a shorter waiting time at the surface of the well. It means quicker setting
cement can reduce the chances of gas migration through the cement. It means that
once the cement is placed, it remains were it is placed and will not migrate away
from the wellbore. It means the cement is less susceptible to mixing with either
wellbore contaminants or formation contaminants," says Getzlaf the President of Cemblend Systems Inc.
The major advantages of Ceramicrete is that it can bond to steel, cement, formations,
and even itself. "Ceramicrete's ability to bond allows for substantially improved
performance in wellbores with drastic temperature changes and/or pressure changes.
This 'stictivity' also aids in making sure the cement stays bonded to the wellbore
formations as conditions change." says Getzlaf the President of Cemblend Systems Inc.
Ceramicrete is currently being used in the lost circulation and gas migration markets
and Cemblend has plans to move its products into both the thermal and CO2 markets. These
extreme environments are perfect candidates for utilizing the ceramic technology's
attributes of temperature and corrosion resistance, thus providing another tool in
total wellbore management.