Patent Number: 6,255,256

Title: Non-toxic, inexpensive synthetic drilling fluid

Abstract: A non-toxic, inexpensive synthetic fluid for use in wellbore fluids (e.g., drilling fluids) is selected from the group consisting of (A) fluids having (I) a pour point greater than about -30.degree. C. (-22.degree. F.) and (II) a cetane index greater than 50, and comprising (i) at least about 95 weight percent hydrocarbons containing 11 or more carbon atoms, (ii) greater than 5 weight percent hydrocarbons containing 18 or more carbon atoms, (iii) at least about 50 weight percent isoparaffins, (iv) at least about 90 weight percent total paraffins, (v) about 1 or less weight percent naphthenics, (vi) less than 0.1 volume percent aromatics, and (vii) at least 2 hydrocarbons containing a consecutive number of carbon atoms, and (B) fluids comprising (i) at least about 95 weight percent hydrocarbons containing 10 or more carbon atoms and (ii) at least about 90 weight percent n-paraffins.

Inventors: Van Slyke; Donald C. (Missouri City, TX)

Assignee: Union Oil Company of California

International Classification: C09K 8/64 (20060101); C09K 8/34 (20060101); C09K 8/02 (20060101); C09K 8/60 (20060101); C09K 007/06 ()

Expiration Date: 07/03/2018