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|
|EC No :||231-784-4|
|CAS No. :||7727-43-7|
|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 :
|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.
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.
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:
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.
- Oil & Gas Development Company Limited (OGDCL).
- Pakistan Petroleum Limited (PPL)
- Pakistan Oilfields Limited (POL).
- Baker & Hughes Drilling Fluids (BHDF).
- Scomi oil tools (KMC)
- Scomi Oil Tools (formerly known as KMC)
- M.I.Overseas Limited (MIOL).
- Mari Gas Petrolium Company Limited
- Loothah Group
- Outlook General Trading UAE
- Global Enterprises
- Trad N Trade
- Ittehad Chmicals
- MZ International