GN Solids Control finished the final inspection and assembly of 5 packages of solids control equipment. They will be equipped for 5 sets new 2000 HP deep oil drilling rigs. The solids control equipment will be shipped to the client soon to commission together with their new drilling rigs.

All the equipment are customized for an old client from Nigeria. Since the first time they bought from GN Solids Control in 2012, till now, they deal with GN Solids Control over 10 years. And up to now, the all their deep drilling rigs are all running with GN Solids Control equipment for drilling mud and drilling cuttings treatment. For each 2000HP deep drilling rig, the client uses a fixed speed decanter and a VFD centrifuge for drilling mud treatment. And a vertical cuttings dryer for drilling cuttings treatment, and other accessories equipment.

The 5 packages solids control equipment include following items:

1) 5 sets fixed speed decanter centrifuge. Each fixed speed centrifuge will come together with another set of pulley and belt. While changing the pulley and belt, clients can run the centrifuge at another fixed speed. Normally GN Solids Control offer 3200 RPM and 2700RPM pulley and belt for high speed decanter centrifuge. Clients can contact GN Solids Control in case they need other speeds.

2) 5 sets VFD centrifuge. The VFD panel are equipped with Air conditioner cooling system for high ambient areas. And there are 3 VFD control inside the VFD control panel for variable speed control on main drive motor, back drive motor, as well as pump motor.

3) 5 sets vertical cuttings dryer for oil base mud treatment.

4) 40 sets screw conveyors. It is 10 inch diameter augers to fit for drilling mud solids control equipment and drilling waste management equipment.

5) Various screw pump to feed for decanter centrifuges and as flush pump for vertical cuttings dryers.

6) All above equipment will come together with relative control panels.

The transmission structure of drilling mud agitator is mainly composed of driven motor, reducer gearbox, connecting device and mixing shaft assembly. There are not many forms of drilling fluid agitators commonly used in drilling fluids solid control systems. Among them, there are worm gear direct transmission and worm gear coupling transmission.

Mud agitator is used at trip tank, pill tank, desilter tank, mud suction tank, mud reserve tank, mud mixing tank. It is also used under the decanter centrifuge to avoid the mud settle down.

Mud agitators are normally used together with mud guns. Normally a mud agitator with a mud gun. The mud gun is used to support the 4 corners of mud tanks. GN Solids Control mud guns have 3 nozzles. Each nozzle]of GN mud gun can cover 120 degree, the 3 nozzles can cover totally 360 degree of the mud gun. The mud agitator is driven by electric motor. While the mud gun is driven by centrifugal pumps which are used for mixing or mud discharge.

 

Some manufacturers have also used worm gear and worm coupling drive. Worm gear drive is widely used in drilling fluid agitator due to its simple structure, large speed ratio and high reliability. Early drilling fluid agitators were almost all directly driven by worm gear. Although the worm gear coupling drive and belt drive are large in size, they have the characteristics of soft motion, which is good for protecting the overload of the motor. Therefore, some manufacturers will choose them.

The most commonly used agitator transmission mode is the gearbox reducer. The advantages of gear reducer agitator are high transmission efficiency and less maintenance. The disadvantage is large volume. Gear driven agitators are also divided into direct drive and coupling drive. The direct drive mud agitator is the most commonly used agitator drive form at present because of its simple structure and convenient maintenance.

GN Solids Control just finished a full package drilling mud solids control equipment for an Africa client. The equipment will be used for a new rig mud system.

There are 4 stage solids control equipment included in the package.

1) Firstly, there are 3 sets solids control shale shaker. The shaker model is GNZS594F-SHBF. It is a 4-panel linear motion shale shaker which is widely used in oil rig mud system.

Besides the 4-panel shale shaker, GN Solids Control also make other sizes liquid and solids separation equipment, includes single deck shale shaker with 2-panel shale shaker, 3-panel shale shaker, and 5-panel shale shaker. GN Solids Control also makes double deck shale shaker with 5-panels and 6-panels screen deck.

2) After the 3 shale shakers, it is a 3-in-1 mud cleaner, which is composite of a single deck shale shaker, a desander separator assembly and a desilter separator assembly. There are 3 no. 10 inch desander and 12 no. 4 inch desilter cone which are combined with a 4-panel big flow shale shaker to reach 1500GPM flow capacity.

3) After mud cleaner, there are 2 no. Decanter centrifuge. It is a high speed centrifuge model GNLW363D. One centrifuge is used with middle speed for recovery the usable particles inside the drilling mud and reuse it in case of in need. After some circulations, there will be more and more ultra fine solids which cannot be removed by shale shaker and desander / desilter separator,

The other centrifuge is used with high speed for ultra fine solids separation, it is to reduce the mud weight.

4) There is a mud mixing unit in the package. It is to prepare qualified new mud to feed for the oil rigs.

If clients are interested in any other models or other sizes drilling mud recovery system, welcome you contact GN Solids Control to ask for support.

Oilfield drilling Mud gas separator is also named as poor boy degasser. It is used to remove air or gases (methane, H2S, CO2 and others) from drilling mud. It is mainly used to remove the big bubbles with the diameter of about ≥Φ3 mm. Most of these bubbles are the expanded gas filled in the drilling mud in annular of wellbore. It would cause well kick if the gas not to be removed timely.

Besides mud gas separator, there is another degasser equipment in drilling mud solids control system: vaccuum degasser. It is used after shale shaker and before hydrau cyclone separators. It is used to remove the fine bubbles inside the drilling mud.
ZYQ-1000 and ZYQ-1200 Mud gas separator are the 2 popular models for drilling mud system. Mud gas separator is located before drilling mud system. It is used after BOP choke manifolds and before solids control shale shaker.

The model ZYQ-1000 means that, the tank inside diameter of the mud gas separator is 1000mm. The tank wall of the mud gas separator is 10mm. While plus the 10mm tank inner depth, the external diameter of the tank is 1020mm.

If for model GNZYQ-1200, it means the inside tank diameter is 1200mm, the outside tank diameter after adding the 10mm tank wall is 1220mm.

The Inlet line, outlet line, vent line and solids discharge pipe size can be customized per order request. The mud gas separator design pressure is 1.6 Mpa. It is with side connection It is Atmospheric during working. There is a pressure gauge equipped on the mud gas separator. 0 ~ 140 Psi (0 ~ 1 Mpa) Pressure gauge is matching for the pressure.

Some clients may ask for 0 ~ 500 Psi gauge, which equals to 0~3.5Mpa. The measurement range is too large for mud gas separator. It will affect the accuracy of the pressure values.

There is a release value on the outlet pipe of the mud gas separator. It is butterfly value, the size of the valve can be customized per order request.

There is also a 4 inch butterfly valve on the solid discharge pipe. The valve size can be customized per order request.
The capability of lowering the Mud gas separator to a horizonal position for transporting between locations with necessary supports.

 

According to the motor mounting type, there are 2 types of drilling mud agitators for mud system: Direct connection mud agitator and Coupling connection mud agitator.

Type 1: Direct connection mud agitator. The motor is mounted on a mounting plate with flange to gearbox reduce. It is the most popular type. The design is sample, but reliable. Most agitator supplier utilize direct motor connection design.

Type 2: Coupling connection mud agitator. The motor and connected to gearbox reduce via a coupling set. So the motor is not direct connected to the gearbox reducers.

The Coupling connection mud agitator has a coupling to protect the reducer and motor. In normal situation, clients only need to check and maintain the coupling set. However, there are additional wearing parts of the coupling. The disadvantage of the coupling agitator is that the coupling and its accessories need to be regularly checked on the drilling mud system. Once the coupling or accessories are damaged, they should be replaced in time, otherwise the motor and reducer will be damaged quickly.

The advantage of the direct agitator is that it is less maintenance as long as the gear oil is added. The disadvantage is that once damaged, either the reducer is damaged or the roller key of the motor shaft is damaged. It is difficult to repair. And the repair cost is high.

However, the probability of such a failure is very low and it belongs to an abnormal situation. According to the feedback records on the site, the damage probability of the agitator caused by not replacing the coupling parts in time is much higher than that of the direct connected agitator. Therefore, GN Solids Control recommended direct connect agitators. GN Solids Control standard agitator models are direct motor connection type. And most popular agitator brands provide direct connection agitator. They do not offer coupling connection agitators.

This week, GN Solids Control is assembling 2 sets of mud cleaning system for SINOPEC HDD rigs. The 2 mud cleaning system are designed for different size HDD rigs, one system is with 1000GPM handling capacity, while the other one is designed for 500GPM handling capacity.

500GPM mud system is the most popular size SINOPEC bought from GN Solids Control. Till now, they have over 30 sets mud recycling system from GN Solids Control for their international HDD and piling projects.

The 2 mud recycling system are painted with clients’ special requested color. GN Standard color is green, while the SINOPEC system is yellow. The 500GPM mud system is equipped with very high standard. It is composite with all the 4-stage solids control equipment for drilling mud treatment.

1. The 1st stage solids control equipment shale shaker. There is a 3-panel shale shaker which is with big screen areas for capacity up to 500GPM. The shaker model is GN703F, which is the most hot sale shale shaker made by GN Solids Control.

2. The 2nd stage solids control equipment desander, and the 3rd stage solids control equipment. It is a 3-in-1 mud cleaner which is composite of a big area underflow shale shaker GNZS703F, and 1×10 inch desander cone plus 8×4 inch desiltere cone.

3. The 4th stage solids control equipment decanter centrifuge. There is a 18 inch middle big bowl centrifuge. The centrifuge model is GNLW452D. It is a big bowl centrifuge but it is middle speed, The GNLW452D is an economic centrifuge model with big bowl but middle speed. So it is widely used in HDD, CBM, water well drilling and other trenchless rigs.

Besides mud recycling, GN Solids Control 500GPM mud recycling system also have the function of mixing. It can continue prepare quality new mud for the mud system. The mixing pipelines are connected to all mud tank compartments. So operators can choose to mixing from any of the tank compartment.

GN Solids Control makes linear motion or dual motion shale shaker for onshore and offshore drilling rigs. This week, GN Solids Control finished 2 shale shakers for an offshore drilling company.

The 2 shale shakers are the most popular models made by GN Solids Control GNZS594. It is a 4-panel single deck shale shaker. It can either make as linear motion or dual motions while apply various vibrating motors.

GN Solids Control shale shaker is equipped with heady duty design shaker deck. The whole shaker deck of GN Solids Control shale shaker is treated by heat treatment. It enable GN shale shakers to suit for G force up to 7.5 G. If for high G drying shaker model, the G force can up to 8.0G.

The shaker deck of GN shale shaker is sealed with patent design sealing rubbers to avoid fine solids bypass and to protection the shaker deck and shaker screens during vibrating. And the patent design shaker deck sealing rubber is easy for installation and replacement.

Another big advantage of GN Solids Control shale shaker is equipped with mechanical deck angle adjustable device. Operators can adjust shaker deck angle while the the shaker is running. They do not need to stop the shakers. And plus, the shaker deck adjustment device is GN Solids Control patent design technology. It is a Synchronous lifting system, it means the shaker users can change shaker deck at either side of the shaker deck, both side with change with the same angle.

And plus, GN Solids Control is also capable to make other separation equipment for offshore drilling, like mud cleaner, decanter centrifuge, degassers, etc…

Besides shale shaker for drilling rig mud system, GN Solids Control is also capacity to make high capacity dewatering vibrating screen shaker, Classification Vibrating Screen shaker and mining vibrating screen shakers with different capacity. For more details, please contact GN Solids Control system branch: GN Separation.

The Screw conveyors is a simple and popular transfer device at oil and gas drilling field. As it is a rotating device, and at many job site, the top covers of screw conveyor augers are gratings, it caused some unexpected accidence.

One time, a clients contacted GN Solids Control to ask for support. He said they experienced by HSE issues at their rigs sides which were caused by screw conveyors. He said in the past year, some operators hurt their finger or foot by screw conveyors. It caused jobsite shot down.

They want know what safety protection GN Solids Control provide on the screw conveyors.

Firstly, GN Solids Control offers Full Length Safety Grab Wires and ESD Devices (emergency stop device) on start stop panels. Operators can easily stop the augers at any position nearby it.

Clients can choose Fixed speed motor starter or manual adjustable speed motor starter per order request. The control panel is capable for operating in +55 °C Ambient Temps.

All Electrical equipment and electrical accessories for the auger system is designed and certified for Hazardous Area with ground protection.

The auger motors and motor starter can be accordance with explosion proof standard for CNEX, IECEx or ATEX Zone 1 and Zone 2 Rated and suits for 460V/60HZ 3 Phase, 380V/HZ 3 Phase, or suits for customized power system. Clients confirm voltage and HZ before order.

GN Solids Control can provide motor starter with Emergency STOP Switches located Near the Augers. As an additional safety protection, GN Solids Control is capable to provide Audio / visual alarm system connected to the auger motor starters and located near the augers. The motor start equipped with Audio and visual alarm system will be automatically activated once the power is switched on followed by the actual auger startup with a safety delay time. And plus, the Audio and Visual Alarm to be in the OFF mode after some time once the auger starts operation. It is for giving ATTENSION to stuff nearby to let them aware about the start up of the screw conveyor, and ensure them have time to keep distance from the rotating device.

GN Solids Control Desanding unit provide economic solution to treat the dirty mud generated from trenchless projects, like Bored Piling Slurry desanding, TBM slurry treatment, HDD mud recycling, as well as water well drilling mud treatment, and so on.

This week, GN Solids Control finished 4 packages mud cleaning unit for an Asia client. The mud cleaning units will be used for desanding at trenchless and pipe jacking projects. There are 2 models included in the 4 packages mud cleaning unit.

There are 2 packages of GNMS-1500D desanding plan. The handling capacity of the GNMS-1500D unit is up to 1500GPM. The major separation equipment is double coarse shale shaker GNZS707, which is a double deck shale shaker for coarse solids separation. After pre-separation shale shaker, there are number 2 desander cone with size 16 inch for big flow mud treatment.

Another 2 packages desanding unit is smaller capacity, the model is GNMS-1000D. The handling capacity is 1000GPM. The pre-separation shale shaker model is GNZS705. After shale shaker, the desander cone size is 10 inch with quantity 2.

GN Solids Control utilize high quality PU material desander cones for longer lifetime. The separation shake screen is made by 100% PU or by steel with big opening. Clients choose the right screen opening to reach the separation result.

Besides the 1000GPM and 15000GPM mud desanding plant, GN Solids Control is capable to make other smaller size and bigger size mud recycling and desanding unit, it includes but not limited to below models:

Some small Desanding Plants designed and made by GN Solids Control:
Desanding Plant model GNMS-200D, the design Capacity is 200GPM, 50m³/h.
Desanding Plant model GNMS-500D, the design Capacity is 500GPM, 120m³/h.
Desanding Plant model GNMS-1000D, the design Capacity is 1000GPM, 240m³/h.

Some big Desanding Plants designed and made by GN Solids Control:
Desanding Plant model GNMS-360M, the design Capacity is 360 m³/h
Desanding Plant model GNMS-500M, the design Capacity is 5000 m³/h
Desanding Plant model GNMS-1000M, the design Capacity is 1000 m³/h
Desanding Plant model GNMS-2000M, the design Capacity is 2000 m³/h
Desanding Plant model GNMS-3000M, the design Capacity is 3000 m³/h

Last week, GN Solids Control finished a set of decanter centrifuge and sludge & solids vacuum pump for an Environmental Solution Company.

The centrifuge is a 2-phase decanter centrifuge which can be used for separation oily sludge and non-oily sludge.
When the material feed to decanter centrifuge, the solids particles should be separated by GN Solids Shale Shaker to achieve correct particle size. Suitable API screen size should be chosen during the separation to achieve the separation result.

And the solids content before enter into decanter centrifuge should be less than 15%. It can be achieved by heating and dilution during pre-mixing stage. GN Solids Control can offer the pre-mixing tank which is equipped with heating pipes, agitators, slurry transfer pump and electrical control system for dilution and mixing. Operators can also prepare it at jobsite.
And plus, the Solid material density inside the oily sludge should be higher than liquid material. In this situation, after heating and flocculation, the solid phase can settle naturally or can be separated by lab tube centrifuge.

The output after 2-phase decanter centrifuge is solids phase and oil & water & soil mixture. So after 2-phase decanter centrifuge, 3-phase decanter centrifuge or disc centrifuge can be used to further clean the water, oil and soil.

The vacuum pump has a wide range application at waste management jobsite. The pump can suck slurry and feed the system. GN Solids Control vacuum pump can be used for liquid, solids and sludge transfer. The vacuum pump model used for the environmental solution company is a small size model GNSP-10, it is the smallest size vacuum pump made by GN Solids Control. GN Solids Control can offer another set of suction pipe and ahead, so this case, the mini vacuum pump can be used as an industry vacuum cleaner to clean the spilled mud on mud tanks or on the ground.