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Biocide approved for use in offshore oil and gas operations

Dow Microbial Control, a business unit of The Dow Chemical Company, has launched the first Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) approved label for biocides for use in offshore oil and gas operations. Dow has updated product labels to reflect to customers which biocides can now be used in offshore operations. 

In addition to being compliant with regulations for offshore use, Dow's product portfolio also qualifies for gold or silver ratings under standard environmental assessment models. AQUCAR GA 50 Water Treatment Microbiocide is the first product to be launched with a PMRA label clearly stating its approved status for offshore use. It has a gold rating according to the results of the environmental risk assessments based on the National Energy Board Offshore Chemical Selection Guidelines and the Chemical Hazard and Risk Management (CHARM) assessment of the Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (CEFAS). 

Proper control of bacteria in offshore oil and gas applications helps increase efficiency, improve injectivity, and protect assets and worker safety, making biocides an important and necessary component in sustainable oil and gas operations. Dow offers one of the broadest portfolios of actives for oil and gas applications in Canada, and will soon offer new labels that clearly identify select products approved for offshore use. 

Dow Microbial Control's cross-functional team of regulatory, technical and commercial experts identified a way to make customers' product selection easier and worked with PMRA to provide a label that clearly indicates biocides can be used in offshore oil and gas operations. 

"Our customers in Canada came to us asking for direction on which biocides they could use in offshore oil and gas operations. Thanks to an open dialogue between our team of experts and PMRA reviewers we were able to quickly meet our customers' needs," said Christina Pampena, Field Marketing Manager at Dow Microbial Control. "We believe it's not only important but necessary to work closely with regulatory officials to ensure we have clear and transparent labeling of our products." 

Before using a biocide it is important to check the product label for dose range and application specifications to ensure the products are approved for offshore applications. Dow Microbial Control's offshore biocide labeling is an example of how the Company is making it easier for its customers to use biocides, which are so critical to keeping oil and gas operations efficient, cost-effective and safe.

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