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Potassium Formate (Dry)

Potassium Formate (KCHO2) powder is a high-purity, dry crystalline organic


salt used to form clear brine used in workover and completion operations
which require densities ranging from 8.4 to 13.1 lb/gal (1007 to 1570 kg/m3).
Typical Physical Properties

Physical appearance..................................................................................................................................................................White, free-flowing crystals


Specific gravity (powder only) .............................................................................................................................................................................................1.91
Purity.......................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 97%
Solubility @ 70F (21C) ..............................................................................................................................................................................331 g/100 mL water

Applications

Potassium Formate is used to form solids-free workover and completion fluids with densities ranging from 8.4 to 13.1 lb/gal (1,007 to
1,570 kg/m3). It can be blended with sodium formate for densities from 11.0 to 13.1 lb/gal (1,318 to 1,570 kg/m3). Potassium eliminates
the potential of formation damage due to the precipitation of carbonate, bicarbonate or sulfate compounds associated with using
calcium-base brines where formation waters contain high concentrations of bicarbonate and sulfate ions. Potassium Formate fluids are
excellent shale stabilizers for water-sensitive clay/shale formations and clay-containing sandstones. Add Potassium Formate crystals to
freshwater or existing compatible brine through the rig hopper. Blend with gentle agitation until all of the crystals dissolve. Note: Use the
Mixing Tables to obtain the desired density.

Toxicity and Handling

Bioassay information is available upon request. Handle as an industrial chemical, wearing protective equipment and observing the
precautions as described on the Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS). Also observe the health hazard information and emergency and
first aid procedures described on the MSDS.

Packaging and Storage

Potassium Formate (dry) is packaged in 55 lb (25 kg), multi-wall, water-proof sacks and 2,204 lb (1,000 kg) big bags.

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