Barite / Barytes (BaSO4)-A Hot Product of PreRish Tri Exim Pvt. Limited [PEPL]

Product Descriptions:

Barite or barytes (barium sulphate) is a mineral largely used (77% of it) as a weighting agent for drilling fluids in oil and gas exploration. It is an essential component and there is no substitute that has all of its properties.

A drilling fluid is used to aid the drilling of boreholes and barite is used as a weighting agent to increase the density of the fluid to help control pressure from the gas or oil reservoir. Its other properties of being relatively soft, inert and non-magnetic have benefits in terms of drill wear.

Chemical Name:                Barytes

Chemical Formula:            BaSO4

Physical Property:


Physical Properties of Barite
Chemical Classification Sulfate
Color Colorless, white, light blue, light yellow, light red, light green
Streak White
Luster Vitreous to pearly
Diaphaneity Transparent to translucent
Cleavage Very good, basal, prismatic
Mohs Hardness 2.5 to 3.5
Specific Gravity 4.5
Diagnostic Properties High specific gravity, three cleavage directions at right angles
Chemical Composition Barium sulfate, BaSO4
Crystal System Orthorhombic
Oil Absorption 14.00%
Uses Drilling mud; high-density filler for paper, rubber, plastics

Chemical Properties:

Parameter                                                               % by Weight

BaSO4                                                                                   95.00%

SiO2                                                                                       0.15%

Al2O3                                                                                    0.71%

Fe2O3                                                                                   0.06%

CaO                                                                                        2.79%

Na2O                                                                                     1.20%

Loss on Ignition                                                                  6-8%

Bulk Density                                                                       0.84 Gm/CC

pH                                                                                           8.00%

Moisture                                                                              0.07%

Barite Applications:

This mineral ore has many important industrial and commercial uses such as:

  • A major amount (77%) of the total Barite found is used as weighting agent for drilling muds. The non-magnetic properties of this material make it more useful for this purpose as it does not interfere with the magnetic measurements of the borehole during the whole process.
  • Blue, black, gray or brown Barite is widely used for petroleum well drilling. The applicable Barite color is selected depending on the ore body.
  • This is the main ore of barium metal.
  • It is also used as paint and plastic filler.
  • It is applied for sound reduction in various engine compartments.
  • This mineral is used for making smooth and corrosion resistant coat of trucks and automobiles.
  • It is used in radiation shielding cements and glass ceramics.
  • This mineral also has medical applications. It is used for a barium meal or an upper gastrointestinal series before doing a contrast CAT scan.
  • This mineral was used for producing barium hydroxide for the purpose of sugar refining.

Historically it was also used as a pigment for paper, textiles, and paint.