Apr 07

10 sets international high standard decanter centrifuge for Middle-east

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Recently, another 10 sets decanter centrifuge are ready for shipment. The 10 sets centrifuges will be shipped to middle-east to service the drilling rig mud systems there for drilling mud solids control and drilling waste management.

It is 14 inch high standard VFD decanter centrifuge: the motors, VFD control panels, cable glands, socket and plugs are complied with International IECEx standard for explosion proof for Zone 1 (equal to Class I Division 1 of U.S. and Canada standard) applications. All cables are designed for 110C degree high temperature ambient.

All VFD drives of the VFD panels are heavy duty type for reliable performance and longer service time. Futhermore, as the temperature in Middle East is high in summer reason. All the VFD panels for the 10 sets decanter centrifuges are equipped with Air conditioner automatically cooling system for high temperature ambient up to 55 C degree.

IECEx is the international standard for explosion proof. GN can also offer European standard ATEx, or China national explosion proof CNEx for explosion proof. Mostly, CNEx can suit for most of the project. But for some U.S companies or European end users, they will request IECEx or ATEx standard. Clients can specify the right EX standard they while inquire or before sending orders.

GN Solids Control makes full line drilling mud recycling and treatment system and drilling cuttings management equipment. GN Solids Control does offer Zero-discharge treatment system for drilling rigs for pitless solution.

Besides decanter centrifuges, below are some other equipment GN Solids Control does make for waste management:
1) High G drying shaker: Drying the cuttings discharged from your rig shakers.
2) Dewatering unit + dewatering centrifuge: It is not showing on the layout, but it is need to reduce the mud weight from High speed centrifuge.
3) Solidification unit: to further drying all the cuttings from your rig mud system and the above cuttings management equipment.
4) Screen vacuum unit

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Mar 02

This week, a full package of compact oily sludge separation system was finished from GN factory in Beijing China. The compact design fast movable oily sludge treatment system is purchased by a reputable Environmental Solutions Company from China domestic market.

There are 3-stage separation equipment included in the oily sludge treatment system.

1) There is a 2-panel small footprint shale shaker equipped in the system for coarse solids separation. The model is GNZS752. As mostly, the oily waste come out from different sources and it is mixture of different wastes. There may be big size solids in side. The big sides solids may block or even broken the centrifuges. The small size shale shaker is used to remove the possible big size solids in the sludge.

2) There are 2 centrifuges in the oily sludge treatment system. The first centrifuge we call it decanter centrifuge. The decanter centrifuge model is GNLW224, it is a 2-phase separation centrifuge. The 2-phase decanter centrifuge is help to remove solids or soil from liquid mixture. The 9 inch centrifuge is a min size decanter centrifuge. The bowl diameter is only 9 inch, but the bowl length and diameter ration is up to 4. The longer ration can help to get cleaner liquid. It is the smallest centrifuge from GN Solids Control for industry separation.

3) The second centrifuge inside the oily sludge treatment system is disc centrifuge. It is also called 3-phase centrifuge. As the name mean, the disc centrifuge can separation oil, water and soil.

Many people may wonder: in case the disc centrifuge can separate and get oil, water and soil. While you add 2-phase decanter centrifuge inside the system? Really, the 2-phase decanter centrifuge is surely not to increase the cost. The disc centrifuge can only allow liquid mixture with liquid content less than 3%. Otherwise, it will damage the centrifuge. While the decanter centrifuge can allow liquid with solids content up to 15% ~ 20%. Decanter centrifuge is a necessary as pre-separation before disc centrifuge.

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Feb 20

Thermal desorption unit is normally known as TDU. It is a kind of Ultimate equipment for oily waste management. The Thermal desorption unit (TDU) is a High-tech products, few company has the capability and technology to make it.

GN Thermal Desorption Unit is an ex-situ, non-incineration technology. It is designed to separate hydrocarbons from various matrices including oilfield drilling cuttings waste, oil based drill cuttings, oily contaminated soil, oil sludge and sand, filter-cake, tank and tanker bottoms, organic-based hazardous waste and contaminated soil in a non-oxidizing atmosphere without destroying the hydrocarbons. The TDU technology has been used extensively for waste management, the main function is for recovery of the oil from the waste material as a sellable product throughout the world.
Many clients showed great interest on the design of GN Thermal desorption unit (TDU) technology. There are mainly 2 designs developed by GN Solids Control.

From 2015 to June, 2016, GN Solids Control have been working on the design of the drum type TDU. But GN stopped that project after 2016. After that GN Solids Control shift to design the screw type TDU from July, 2016. So now, GN Solids Control does not make drum type Thermal desorption unit (TDU).

GN Solids Control latest design on is similar to TPS, but not TPS, TPS is a single screw in one tube, with different tubes.

GN Solids Control design is as following:
1) One tube, two auger system for self cleaning, it’s better than the single tube system.
2) Temperature can go up to 700 C degree which suits the drilling cuttings and oil sludge to recovery oil and water.
3) GN Solids Control have a dust removing unit before condensing, so it makes it easier for oil water, solids separation.
GN Solids Control already have the major components, like tube material, burners, air lock valves and Fin-Fan coolers etc in the factory to shorten the manufacturing time.

For any questions, please contact GN Solids Control sales team for support.

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Jan 26

Happy Chinese new year to all GN people and customers

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After the whole year hard working,  all GN people made a proud and happy ending for 2018. With the coming of 2019 Chinese Lunar New year, all GN workshop people are working date and night in different shifts to try to delivery as more orders as possible before the Chinese Lunar new year, to minimize the any delay caused as the traditional new year holiday.

GN Solids Control new technology composite material replacement shale shaker screens have more and more market share in China and in worldwide market. 2018 is a great year for GN Solids Control. The screen market was increased nearly double compared with 2017. GN one-stop oily sludge treatment systems were exported to more new countries and areas, and pride by the clients and end users.

As most of GN people are coming from cities far away, to thank for the hardworking of all GN people through the year, besides the Wonderful annual New Year party, wonderful new year gifts and surprising annual awards for year end, GN Solids Control will further offer a 15-day holiday for the traditional new year. And for many people, it is the most important to have more time to go back to their hometown and together with their familiars to celebrate the Lunar New year.

This year, the company offers a long holiday for the big event – Chinese Lunar new year. The holiday will start from 29th Jan., until 12th Feb., all people will start working on 13th Feb. 2019.

After hard day working on 28th Jan., 2019, the most Exciting annual New Year party is coming in Sheraton Hotel, welcome clients from worldwide joint us for the big event. There will be luck time for lottery, more than 2 thirds of the people joining the New Year party have the chance to get big and surprising gifts. All annual awards for GN workers will be awarded at the year-end on the new year party, including big cash red envelops, cars, Luxury travel opportunities provided by the company etc…

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Jan 20

Alumina is a stable oxide of aluminum and its chemical formula is Al2O3. Bauxite is also called bauxite in mining, ceramics and material science. GN Decanter centrifuge are widely used for alumina slurry dewatering for production of alumina.

GN-CD series chemical decanter centrifuge are designed for the chemical treatment. Typically The alumina (Aluminum Hydroxide) slurring have a water content of 90%. And the purpose to treat the alumina is to remove water to get 20% to 40% content of slurry. And the Aluminum slurry contains alumina ( fine particles) water and sodium nitrate dissolved in water. Different client have different requirement for the capacity for the alumina slurry treatment.

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Application of alumina are very wide, include but not limited to following:
1. The main components of ruby and sapphire are alumina, which show different colours because of other impurities. Ruby is red with chromium oxide, while sapphire is blue with iron oxide and titanium oxide.

2. Among the main components of bauxite, the content of alumina is the highest. In industry, bauxite is purified into alumina by Bayer process, and then converted from Hall-Heroult process to aluminium metal.

3. Alumina is the reason why metallic aluminium is not easily corroded in air. Pure aluminium metal reacts easily with oxygen in the air to form a thin alumina film covering the surface of aluminium exposed to air. This alumina film prevents aluminium from being oxidized further. The thickness and properties of this oxide film can be enhanced by a process called anodic treatment (anodic anticorrosion).

4. Aluminum is a good conductor of electricity and heat. Aluminum crystal form diamond is suitable for grinding materials and cutting tools because of its high hardness.

5. Alumina powder is often used as a medium for chromatographic analysis.

China market for Alumina
The data show that China is the largest alumina producer in the world. In 2010, the global alumina output was 56.355 million tons. China’s alumina output reached 28.955 million tons, an increase of 20.14% year on year, accounting for 51.38% of the world’s total. In 2010, China’s apparent consumption of alumina reached 33.21 million tons, with an annual growth rate of 14.05%, net imports of 4.26 million tons, bauxite imports of 30.19 million tons, external dependence of 39.71%, and alumina external dependence of 47.26%.

With the rapid development of China’s electrolytic aluminum, ceramics, medicine, electronics, machinery and other industries, the market demand for alumina still has greater room for growth, and alumina production will continue to grow. GN Chemical Decanter Centrifuge made by GN separation and conveying equipment company

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Jan 15

GN Solids Control made an oil-based drilling cuttings treatment system for a CNPC company. GN Solids Control made and designed and system per client’s job site situation. So it can suit for the clients’ situation well. Clients are happy with the performance of the OBM treatment system. Both the team leader and job site workers are satisfied with the system, and they said that, after applying GN waste management system. They can recovery more usable drilling mud. Their drilling waste and their drilling cost are both reduced. And they can save cost and manpower on the waste material shipment.

The oil based mud treatment system made for CNPC is a complete package. It is a skid mounted cuttings drying system with processing equipment, mud and cuttings transfer equipment, and electric control system.

Below is the major equipment included in the skid mounted oil based mud cuttings drying system:

Firstly, there is a vertical cutting dryer. The vertical cuttings dryer is mounted on a separate skid. VG dryer is also called VG centrifuge, it is the major equipment to treat the oil based mud and cuttings discharged from shale shaker. GN high quality vertical centrifuge can reduce the oil on cuttings to as low as 3% ~ 5%. In many countries and regions, less than 3~5% OOC can be discharged directly. Even not, it is already very dry like powders. It is easy for movement and for next process treatment.

Secondly, there is a 14 inch decanter centrifuge in the oil base mud cuttings drying system. The decanter centrifuge is used after the vertical centrifuge to reduce the mud weight. Enable the recovered mud qualified for drilling activity.

3 sets screw conveyors are equipped in the system. One screw conveyor is located under the shale shaker to collect drilling cuttings discharged from shale shakers. Another screw conveyor is located inclined to transfer the cuttings from shale shaker and feed to the vertical cuttings dryer. The 3rd screw conveyor is inclined and under the vertical cuttings dryer. It is used to transfer the drying cuttings from VG dryer to the cuttings containers.

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Jan 08

Mud agitator is one of the most popular equipment for drilling mud systems. It is mainly used to keep both the mud uniformity and the suspension of solids. The mud agitator is used to agitate the mud consecutively and reliably. This agitator agitates the mud to make the cuttings silt and sand pass the solids control system without being precipitated onto the tank bottom.

According to the different types of gearbox design, the mud agitators can be divided into 2 kinds:
The most popular design is worn and gear reducer mud agitator.

The worn and gear reducer mud agitator is an economic standard mud agitator. The mud agitator is equipped with explosion proof motor, worn and gear reducer. The worn and gear reducer is working stable and cost effective. It is also easy for maintenance.

Another kind of agitator is equipped with heavy duty helical bevel gearbox. We call it helical bevel agitator.

The mud agitator is equipped with heavy duty helical bevel gearbox. Compared with traditional worn and gear gearbox, the helical bevel agitator is with a bigger torque. It is more powerful for heavy mud. The heavy duty helical bevel mud agitator save also power, for the same motor power, the helical bevel mud agitator is with a big torque compared with worn gearbox. So a smaller power helical bevel mud agitator can reach the performance of a bigger power worn gearbox agitator.

There are 2 ways for the connections of motor and agitator gearbox.
The motor and gearbox can be connected by flange directly. It is with small footprint.
The motor and gearbox can also be connected by coupling, and fixed on the small skid. Clients can choose the suitable one per his job site situation.

Other accessories for drilling mud agitator:
1) Shaft: The shaft length of mud agitator should be customized per clients’ mud tank size.
2) Impeller: There are double layer and single layer impeller for mud agitators. The impeller size is also designed to suit for the tank depth and width for a better agitating performance.
3) Tank bottom stabilizer to fix the shaft. For mud tank depth over 1800mm. GN will recommend Tank bottom stabilizer to fix the shaft and avoid is swaying during rotating.

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Jan 01

A few weeks ago, GN Solids Control had a shipment for some solids control equipment to a client in Uzbekistan. Soon, the equipment will be used in extreme cold regions of Uzbekistan. The lowest ambient temperature in the area can be below minus 50 degrees Celsius.

This is not the first time that GN Solids Control has sent equipment to the extremely cold regions of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS).  4 years ago, in 2014, some package of drilling cuttings drying system was dispatch to Baker Hughes in Russian. The systems were running from 2014 till now. End users are very happy with GN products quality and GN services. Since they have other Chinese brand equipment in other jobsites, after comparison, end users said GN vertical cuttings dryer and decanter centrifuges are the best from China.

The solids control equipment will be used in clients’ drilling rig mud system for mud processing, the shipment is including following processing equipment:
1) Some linear motion shale shakers. It is the first stage solids control equipment in drilling rig mud system.
2)Some Mud cleaners. In rig mud system, mud cleaner is used after shale shaker. The desander can clean the mud to 50 microns, while the desilter separator can separate the drilling fluids to 27 microns.
3)Some Decanter centrifuge. There will be at least 2 sets decanter centrifuges in a complete drilling mud processing system. Firstly, a middle speed decanter centrifuge at 1800 rpm will be used to recovery the barite. After some circulation, there will be too much ultra fine solids inside the drilling mud, a high speed decanter centrifuge can be used to reduce the mud weight.

Furthermore, GN Solids Control is with rich experience to offer processing equipment for high temperature areas in Middle east and Africa, like in UAE, Kuwait, Iraq, Qatar, Yemen, Oman, Saudi, Algeria, Egypt, Ukraine, etc…In these areas, the highest temperature can up to +55 degrees Celsius. GN Solids Control is capable to make solids control and drilling waste management equipment for cold temperature areas to minus 50 degrees Celsius and to high temperature areas up to +55 degrees Celsius.

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Dec 17

An electric motor will generator big electric current during starting; the sudden current may cause sudden voltage drop down, and cause other unexpected bad effects, or damage the equipment. So it’s important and necessary to choose the suitable starting method for functional and cost-effective control system.

Direct online (DOL) starter
Direct online starter is the simplest and cheapest way of electric motor starting. Magnetic starter control panels is the post popular type of Direct online starter. DOL starting is simply switching the motor on in one operation, with a direct connection from the power source. But it can only be used for small motors. For oil and gas drilling mud systems, only the motors less than 30kw will use DOL starting. For big power motors, if there is already an effective control to start and stop the motor, a DOL starter can be used as the second control.

Star-delta starting
In oil and gas drilling field, start-delta starting are normally used for motors between 30kw to 75kw, like for pumps. When we mentioned star-delta starter, the motor is first connected in ‘star’ configuration, which allows the motor to gather speed without drawing excessive current. Once the motor is up to speed (or a preset time is elapsed) it is then connected in the normal ‘delta’ configuration. This method can reduce the starting current demand by 30%, but is only suited to applications where the motor is starting without load .

Soft starting
Soft starters are more expensive than DOL and star-delta. A soft starter is an electronic components which controls the voltage flowing to the motor when startup. Soft starter can slowly increase the supply voltage to the motor, and start the motor smoothly without overcurrent.

Variable frequency speed drives (VFD control)
A variable frequency speed drive (VFD), also known as a VSD or VVVF, which allows complete control of the motor speed including starting and stopping. It operates by changing the frequency of the power supplied to the motor. And the motor can be run at any speed, so VFD drive control can save power, and control the driving speed. Variable frequency drives are the most expensive method for motor starters. And it can be used to control running speed of the machine, like for decanter centrifuges, vertical cuttings dryers, screw conveyors, etc…

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Dec 12

Recently a customer has some questions about GN Electric Ignition Device. They contacted GN people and GN replied. Below are the major communication between GN and operator of the ignition device.

Client’s Questions 1: I presume the solenoid valve will close once the ignition is activated or should we close it on remote. This is for preserving the gas for future use. ( we may have to ignite several times during well kill operation as we get gases intermittently-H2s Laden gas)
Reply from GN Solids Control: Once you start up the igniter and it is firing stably, the solenoid valve can be closed for saving gas. As the gas tank is small size. It is only 5kg. You can ignite again in case you need with the wireless controller.

Client’s Questions 2: As the vent line is from the top of gas buster and then connected to the igniter which will be about 6 to 8 ft high. This forms a “U” section for the vent line and liquids remaining cannot be cleared out, which gives resistance for any gas vented out and blow back into gas buster. Any solution for this. Any bypass is recommended to drain out these fluids?
Reply from GN Solids Control: What kind of gas buster you used? Mostly, the igniter is connected to mud gas separator. The vent line on top of the mud gas separator. Liquid is impossible to go inside.

Client’s Questions 3: As the igniter is kept in open position, we may also end up with sand and also rain water ( in deserts) inside the igniter. Can we intermittently flush the system with water. Is it safe for the system electrics. In case we flush, then we will definitely have a reservoir of water in the vent line and adding up sand will only plug the system.
Reply from GN Solids Control: You do not need to flush the igniter. It will not be blocked. There is a screen on top of the Igniter burner pipe to prevent big sizes blocks or stuffs fall inside.
There is a drain port with ball valve (JB/T 308 PN16DN20QB) at the bottom point of the Igniter elbow connection pipe. You should open the ball valve to drain the pipe timely to release sands/rain.

Client’s Questions 4: What would you recommend to avoid getting into critical situations at the Rig.
Reply from GN Solids Control: If you will not use the Igniter for a longer time. It is better to close all valves, and cover the Igniter burner with rainproof cloth or plastic bag, to prevent it from rain/sands.

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