Barite Introduction:

Barite is a mineral composed of barium sulfate (BaSO4). It receives its name from the Greek word "barys" which means "heavy." This name is in response to barite's high specific gravity of 4.5, which is exceptional for a nonmetallic mineral. The high specific gravity of barite makes it suitable for a wide range of industrial, medical, and manufacturing uses. Barite also serves as the principal ore of barium. It is also important in the manufacture of paper, rubber and Explosives. Barite is also used in radiology for x-rays of the digestive system. When pulverized, it is added to drilling fluids, which is poured into oil wells during drilling job.  

Physical and Chemical Properties

 Generic Name : Barite
 Commercial Product Name : Bolan Bar
 Chemical name of the substance : Barium sulfate, BaSO4
 Molecular Weight: 233.39
 EC No : 231-784-4
 CAS No. : 7727-43-7
 HS Code:  2511.1000
 Availability :  Powder (200 mesh), ore / lumps (0-325 mm)
 Packing material for powder : One tonne capacity polypropylene woven jumbo bag with poly ethylene inner lining.
 Ore / Lumps :  In loose form, size 0-325 mm
Relative density : 4.20-4.25 mg/cm³
Barium Contents :  80% to 95%
Colour/ Odour : Varies from grayish to fawn/Odourless.
Melting point : 1580 °C
Water solubility :  slightly soluble
Partition coefficient : n-octanol/water : no data available
Explosive properties :  not applicable

Oxidizing properties : 

not applicable

Industrial Uses

 
Drilling applications : As weighting agent during drilling of Oil and Gas wells.
Other use : in the paper and rubber industries; as a filler or extender in cloth, ink, and plastics products; in radiography ("barium milkshake"); as getter (scavenger) alloys in vacuum tubes; deoxidizer for copper; lubricant for anode rotors in X-ray tubes; spark-plug alloys. Also used to make an expensive white pigment.
   

Current Business Activities:

Mining, Grinding and Marketing of Drilling Grade Barites powder and ore to mainly Oil and Gas drilling companies in Domestic and Global Market and export of ore globally respectively.

Grinding Facility

BME has its own following grinding mills, for grinding of barite ore extracted from Gunga Mines.

1. MTM-160, 100,000 (tpy) production capacity.

2. BM-10, 50,000 (tpy) production capacity.

Quality Control

BME has own API certified quality control laboratory for testing & analysis of both barite powder and Ore, however, BME also get production analyzed from independent labs (SGS Pakistan (Pvt) Limited & Qualitest laboratory Karachi) for cross confirmation of test results and Administration control. The only material that conforms to API Specs 13-A releases for sales. Buyers are also encourage to carry out analysis through their own resources:

Storage Capacity

BME has its own storage facility at its mill premises at Khuzdar. To keep an stock of 4,000 tonnes ground barite and 40,000 tonnes raw material (ore / lumps form) to meet emergency requirements of export customers.

Customers

  1. Oil & Gas Development Company Limited (OGDCL).
  2. Pakistan Petroleum Limited (PPL)
  3. Pakistan Oilfields Limited (POL).
  4. Baker & Hughes Drilling Fluids (BHDF).
  5. Scomi oil tools (KMC)
  6. Scomi Oil Tools (formerly known as KMC)
  7. M.I.Overseas Limited (MIOL).
  8. Mari Gas Petrolium Company Limited
  9. Halliburton
  10. Loothah Group
  11. Outlook General Trading UAE
  12. Global Enterprises
  13. Trad N Trade
  14. Ittehad Chmicals
  15. MZ International
  16. Others