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The MAX-GUARD XPR shale stabilizer from Baker Hughes is a clay hydration and swelling suppressant used in high-performance water-based drilling fluids such as the Baker Hughes PERFORMAX and PERFLEX systems

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Features and Benefits
•Clay swelling suppression
-Reduces hydratable clay swelling and yielding
-Maintains fluid rheology through reactive shales
-Inhibits shale in fluids at all pH levels
-Decreases bit-balling and accretion
•Tolerant to common contaminants
-Reduces dilution rates
-Improves solids removal efficiency
-Increases rate of penetration
•Maintains effectiveness in termperatures up to 300F(149C)
•Environmentally safe
-Complies with regulation in the UK and Netherlands
• Water-based drilling fluids
• Freshwater to high-salt applications
• Vertical or horizontal wells where reactive shared are expected
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