Choline chloride, also known as Hepacholine, Biocolina, and Lipotril, plays a major role in many parts of the oil and gas industry. An organic compound, choline chloride is in wide use in today’s critical hydraulic fracturing sector.
Choline chloride is especially popular in the stabilization of clay containing formations during drilling and stimulation of shale. If this clay is not stabilized, it has a tendency to swell, which can lead to a number of problems including:
Disintegration of cuttings
Higher drilling costs and slower production rates
Damages drilling fluidity
Choline chloride can reduce all these risks and unlike potassium chloride, it is environmentally friendly. Choline chloride differs from other popular clay stabilizers, because it offers biodegradability, lower chloride levels, while working well with other fracking fluids, cross-linkers, and breakers.
It is important to note that despite its eco-friendly qualities, choline chloride should not be inhaled and eye shields and gloves should be used in handling.