Oil & Gas and Industrial Products

Always exploring applications for choline and other raw materials, Balchem manufactures and supplies solutions for a variety of industrial applications.

Oil & Gas: Clay Stabilization

Choline chloride and choline bicarbonate offer more attractive, effective, and environmentally responsible clay stabilizers for fracking, which heighten production rates and lower costs for the oil and natural gas industry. The industry uses clay stabilizers to mitigate the challenges drilling and stimulation cause, including wellbore instability, cuttings disintegration, bit balling, fines migration, and permeability reduction.

Our choline chloride reduces the amount of chlorides released into the environment by up to 75%, when compared to the traditionally used potassium chloride (KCL). Choline has numerous advantages over KCL and other traditional clay stabilizers, including:

  • Biodegradability and reduction in the number of chlorides
  • Superior performance and use at much lower levels
  • Compatibility with a wide variety of other fracturing fluid components, including surfactants, friction reducers, biocides, cross-linkers, and breakers
  • Minimization in chemical handling, including pre-mixing and saltwater disposal
  • Flexibility for use in all environments

Clay Stabilization Brochures

For more about our industrial grade Choline salts and their effectiveness as a clay stabilizer, please download our brochures.

Circuit Board Cleaning: Choline Hydroxide

As the demand for advanced printed circuit boards with smaller dimensions increases, manufacturers need chemical strippers and etchants to meet the challenges these complex electronic components create. Our choline hydroxide is a cost-effective and highly reliable stripping solvent used to remove unwanted photoresists from copper-clad printed circuit boards, which are used in virtually all electronic devices.


Balchem is a supplier of methylamines, including monomethylamine (MMA), dimethylamine (DMA), and trimethylamine (TMA). These critical chemical building blocks are used for a variety of products and processes, including agricultural herbicides, water treatment chemicals, oil and gas treatment, and rubber production. Balchem produces methylamines in both anhydrous and aqueous solutions.