What is Gilsonite?

What is Gilsonite?

Gilsonite (Natural Asphalt or Natural Bitumen) , also recognized as Uintahite or Asphaltum, is a Bitumen-impregnated rock (Asphaltite) that primarily originates from Utah and Colorado in the United States of America and Kermanshah province in Iran. It is a naturally produced solid hydrocarbon bitumen. Although discovered in various other regions around the world, its large-scale production is predominantly observed only in Kermanshah of Iran.

Gilsonite or Uintahite is a naturally produced hydrocarbon resin with properties that improve the performance of critical applications through multiple industries comprising but not limited to oil and gas, ink, paint, construction, asphalt, and foundry.

Gilsonite ore is mined in underground shafts and look alike shiny black obsidian. Initially discovered in the 1860s, about twenty-five years later in the mid-80’s, Samuel H. Gilson promoted it as a varnish, electrical insulator, and waterproofing complex .

This distinctive mineral is utilized in more than 160 products, from dark-colored printing inks and paints, to oil well drilling muds and cements, asphalt modifiers, foundry sand additives, and an extensive range of chemical products. This natural asphalt is comparable to hard petroleum asphalt and is frequently entitled as Natural Asphalt, Asphaltite, Uintahite, or Asphaltum. Gilsonite is soluble in aromatic and aliphatic solvents and petroleum asphalt. Thanks to its exceptional compatibility, Gilsonite is often used to harden softer petroleum products. Gilsonite in form is a shiny, black material alike the mineral obsidian. It is brittle and can be easily crushed into a dark brown powder. As an additive to asphalt cement or hot mix asphalt, Gilsonite helps to produce dramatically stabilized paving mixes.


Gilsonite is unsurprisingly superior

Natural Gilsonite is safe and non-toxic. It is a very pure resinous rock made of a combination of various hydrocarbons. This distinctive natural combination, rich in nitrogen and beta- carotenes is a highly efficient, versatile, and cost-effective additive for many industrial applications.

Gilsonite


Gilsonite is unsurprisingly superior

Natural Gilsonite is safe and non-toxic. It is a very pure resinous rock made of a combination of various hydrocarbons. This distinctive natural combination, rich in nitrogen and beta- carotenes is a highly efficient, versatile,and cost-effective additive for many industrial applications. Gilsonite proposes momentous health benefits over synthetic products.

Gilsonite proposes momentous health benefits over synthetic products.


Gilsonite is:

  • Non-toxic (unlike coal or fly ash)
  • Non-carcinogenic
  • Non-mutagenic
  • No extreme safety measures are needed to handle Gilsonite

Passes Gulf of Mexico EPA discharge requirements for deep-water operations.


PURITY AND QUALITY

Gilsonite is found in almost straight, vertical veins across an area roughly 100 kilometers long and 50 kilometers wide. Gilsonite was formed by a unique geologic event millions of years ago, that produced a protopetroleum deposit established at that time to seal large surface cracks, later hardening into the pure resinous rock excavated today. Gilsonite is hand-mined in underground shafts by means of pneumatic jackhammers. We classify Gilsonite by temperature grade, dry and screen it, size it to customer specifications and filter it through extensive quality control measures before shipping to over 80 countries test.