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The MAX-PLEX shale control and wellbore stability additive from Baker Hughes is an aluminum/sulfonated resin complex designed to impart borehole and cuttings stability when using PERFORMAX high-performance water-based drilling fluid system.

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Features and Benefits
•Prevents pore pressure elevation into formations
•Reduces formation breakout and sloughing shale
•Penetrates microfractures
•Decreases permeability of rock matrix
•Improves annular hydraulics for better hole cleaning
•Minimizes drilling fluid volumes and associated wastes
•Reduces dusting while handling with improved formulations
•Water-based drilling fluids
-Fresh water saturated sodium chloride brines
•Instances when enhanced wellbore stability is required
•Time-dependent shales
•Complex geological stresses
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