YPF has been granted a patent for a drilling fluid composition using soy oil-derived fatty acid methyl esters and sunflower lecithin as an emulsifier. The method aims to enhance the electrical stability of the composition. GlobalData’s report on YPF gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

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According to GlobalData’s company profile on YPF, was a key innovation area identified from patents. YPF's grant share as of January 2024 was 26%. Grant share is based on the ratio of number of grants to total number of patents.

A recently granted patent (Publication Number: US11866638B2) discloses a novel drilling fluid composition designed to enhance the performance of drilling operations. The composition comprises a continuous phase containing fatty acid methyl esters derived from soy oil and sunflower lecithin as an emulsifier, along with a disperse phase consisting of a brine solution containing 20% CaCl2 by weight. This unique formulation aims to improve the overall efficiency and effectiveness of drilling processes.

Furthermore, the patent claims include the addition of various additives such as viscosifiers, rheology modifiers, filtration reducers, and densifiers to the composition to further enhance its properties. The methods outlined in the patent focus on increasing the electrical stability of the drilling fluid by incorporating sunflower lecithin as an emulsifier at specific concentrations ranging from 4% to 6% in volume. These innovative approaches highlight the potential for improved performance and stability in drilling operations, showcasing the continuous advancements in the field of drilling fluid technology.

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