In April, a full set of drilling cuttings washing system is ready for commissioning for a China client at client’s job site. The drilling cuttings washing system is used to wash and separate oil base drilling cuttings and oil sludge generated from oil and gas drilling, and refinery.

There are 7 treatment modular in this drill cuttings treatment washing system:
1.Pre-treatment: A set of coarse shale shaker is used in this modular for crushing the big rocks and for pre-seperation. It is the pre-treatment before all separation steps.
2.Screening separation modular. There is a high G drying shale shaker used in this step to remove the big size particles.
3.Washing modular with static mixing for mixing and preparing solids and liquid mixture. After that, the liquid mixture can be separated by next step separation equipment.
4.Liquid and Solids separation modular with decanter centrifuge for 2-phase separation. It is the 1st time liquid and solids separation.
5.The 2nd time washing modular with dewatering treatment to remove the fine solids in the liquid.
6.The 2nd time 2-phase decanter centrifuge separation unit for ultra fine solids separation.
7.The liquid recovery modular.

It is a a full function oil based drilling cuttings washing and separation system with a full set of separation and treatment equipment. Below list is the major treatment equipment used in this oil based drill cuttings washing system:
1.A Drum shale shaker is used in the pre-treatment unit to crush the big rocks and remove it.
2.A high G drying shale shaker is used in the screening separation modular to remove the big size particles. It is the most hot sale shaker model GNZS594F which is widely used in oil and gas drilling solids control systems.
3.2 sets of static mixing unit are used in the 2 stage washing modular.
4.A inclined plate clarify is used for soil settle down in the oily liquid, which is discharged from decanter centrifuges.
5.Screw conveyor and belt drive conveyor are used in the system to feed for shaker and for solids discharge from decanter centrifuges and shale shakers.

High G drying shaker and vertical cuttings dryer are the major products for drilling cuttings treatment. This week, some sets of high G drying shaker are vertical cuttings dryer are packed for shipping to an offshore drilling company. The high G drying shaker are installed on a small holding tank. There is a centrifugal pump used as transfer pump to transfer mud out from the small holding tank.

The different is that, high G drying shaker is mainly used to separate water base mud and water base cuttings. While vertical cuttings dryer are used to treat oil base mud and oil base cuttings. In some cases, vertical cuttings dryer can be used to treat water base cuttings. But it is easier to be blocked than high G drying shaker.

High G drying shale shaker utilize API RP13C complied shaker screen. Operators can choose suitable API screen to reach the expected cut point. But vertical cuttings dryer use screen basket. Most supplier can only offer 2 sizes of bigger opening screen baskets. GN Solids Control offers 3 options of screen basket: 0.25mm, 0.35mm and 0.5mm. Operators can choose the suitable size per his job site situation and their performance demands. Generally speaking, the fine opening can get more clean liquid, and it may cause more block than big size screen opening. And the more the feeding flow rate, the wetter in the solids discharge.

Vertical cuttings dryer itself cost higher than high G drying shaker. And its motor power is much higher than high G drying shale shaker. But while be used to treat oil base mud, Vertical cuttings dryer can reduce the oil on the cuttings to 3% ~ 5%. But the high G drying shaker can only reduce oil on cuttings to 10% ~ 15%. There is a much difference.

Normally, water base mud is used at the the early drilling sections, and oil based mud is used at deeper drilling. In this case, some clients will choose both high G drying shaker and vertical cuttings dryer to treat WBM and OBM separately. Clients can also choose neither high G drying shaker or vertical cuttings dryer per their job site situation.

GN Solids Control is a professional manufacturer on drilling mud solids control system and drilling waste management equipment. GN Solids Control has branch companies in Russia with branding name GN Solids Russia, and a branching company in Houston U.S.A with branding name GN Solids America. GN Solids Control also has a sister company GN Solids Separation which is focusing on conveyor and separation equipment.

Although the COVID-19 damage the worldwide economic, with the application and promotion of vaccine, the situation becomes better and better, and our world start to get to normal. The oil field and industry field is also recovered.

Drilling mud mixing tank and drilling mud mixing unit are widely used in various kinds of drilling rigs and engineering works. In the middle of March, GN Solids Control finished the manufacturing of a dual mixing system which is complete with a mixing hopper unit and centrifugal pump. The drilling mud mixing system is prepared for an engineering company in China.

Below is the flow line description of the drilling mud mixing tank unit.

The drilling mud mixing system includes 2 small vertical circular tanks. The jet mud mixing hopper and centrifugal pump is used to transport the drilling mud chemicals to the first tank. Two centrifugal pumps connected in parallel are connected to the tank through manual butterfly valves.
Through the opening and closing of the butterfly valve, any centrifugal pump can be used to transport chemical agents. After the first mud tank is fully stirred, the qualified mud is transported to the second tank through the connecting pipeline, and the mud can be directly used for the drilling rig. In order to ensure uniform mixing of drilling mud, each mud tank is equipped with a mud agitator.

Besides the dual tank mixing system, some sets of jet mud mixing unit are ready for delivery to clients’ job site. The mixing unit is composed of Venturi hopper and centrifugal mixing hopper, which are located on a skid and connected by pipelines. GN Solids Control can also makes EX control panel to complied with different market standard. GN Solids Control has EX certificate to accordance with CNEX, ATEX and IECEX.

For any questions or inquires, clients can contact GN engineering team to get solution.

As the oil sludge treatment is a new trend. It means a new business scope for many companies. Many clients do not have much experience before they run GN waste management plant.

In order to ensure they have enough knowledge to operate the unit and reach good performance, GN Solids Control will send engineer to job site to help for the first time commissioning. GN engineer will support to test the treatment unit with real oil sludge and to train their stuff about how to adjust the system based on the material situation in order to reach a good performance. And GN engineer will give training about normal maintenance and trouble shooting if requested by clients.

Recently, GN Solids Control engineers just finished the commissioning job of an oil sludge treatment plant. The treatment plant is for a China domestic client which is used in China. It is a middle size oil sludge treatment system with 14inch centrifuges to treat oil contaminated wastes. And it is also the most popular size oil sludge treatment plant.

It is a complete oil sludge treatment plant for 2-phase and 3-phase separation. Below is the major separation plant of the oil sludge treatment plant for this project:

1) The 1st modular of the oil sludge treatment plant is premixing and heating tank package. The solids and liquid inside the raw oil sludge is not equal. Or some time, the solids control is too much high. The first stage is to prepare the sludge and make it suitable for separation. The processes which maybe be used in this stage are: mixing, dilution, heating, chemical dosing. Clients and chose 1 or more process based on the material situation.

2) The 2nd modular is drying shaker tank unit for coarse separation. The drying shaker is customized with rubber sealing cover and steam nozzle pipelines for heating. Clients choose the right API shaker screen to remove particles above a certain sizes.

3) The 3rd modular is decanter centrifuge C/W a holding tank for 2-phase separation.

4) The 4th modular is 3-phase centrifuge C/W holding tanks

5) The 5th modular is containerized dosing system to supply chemicals for the whole treatment process.

Vertical cuttings dryer (vertical centrifuge) and decanter centrifuge are major separation equipment for drilling mud and drilling cuttings treatment. A set of vertical cuttings dryer can decanter centrifuge are ready for shipment in GN Solids Control factory. They will be shipped to an international drilling company for waste management.

Vertical cuttings dryer in this project is GN latest model GNCD930E-VFD with advanced design. Mostly, fixed speed control is used for vertical cuttings dryer. For this project, client choose VFD control panel for the vertical cuttings dryer to control the rotation speed and G force.

Vertical cuttings dryer is also called as vortex centrifuge or vertical centrifuge. It is the major separation equipment to treat oil base mud and oil base cuttings. It can used to treat drilling cuttings discharged from shale shaker, desander and desilter. But it cannot treat drilling cuttings from decanter centrifuge. As decanter centrifuge is used for fine solids separation. GN Solids Control offers 3 options for screen basket opening of vertical cuttings dryer: 0.25mm, 0.35mm and 0.5mm. The soil cake from decanter centrifuge is too fine. They will all go through the screen basket. No solids can be removed while treat decanter centrifuge solids.

As the screen opening of vertical cuttings dryer is big opening. The solids control and mud weight will be high for the mud recovered from vertical cuttings dryer. In order to reduce the mud weight for reuse, decanter centrifuge will be used after decanter centrifuge for fine solids separation. Cut point of high speed decanter centrifuge is 2~5 microns. After centrifuge separation, the mud can be qualified for reuse.

Decanter centrifuge used in this project for the international drilling company is a big bowl model GNLW553C-VFD. It is a big bowl big volume centrifuge with VFD control panel for variable speed control. The big bowl centrifuge is usually used for waste management.

Mixing unit is widely used for trenchless machine and trenchless rigs, like for  pipe injection, tunneling or micro tunneling, etc…

Depends on the kind and size of the trenchless machine and limitation of the job sites, various sizes of mixing tank and various capacity of mixing units are equipped to suit for the trenchless activities.

Centrifugal pump is widely used at drilling mud mixing unit. It can be used as water pump, mixing pump, or transfer pump. Mixing tank and transfer pump is the most popular used for drilling mud tank unit.

Some mixing tank unit use 1 centrifugal pump, while some drilling mud mixing unit are equipped with 2 centrifugal pumps. The 1 centrifugal pump mixing unit also have the function of mixing and transfer. The cost of 1 centrifugal pump unit is surely lower than 2 centrifugal pump units. Why there are some clients prefer 1 mixing pump unit, while some clients prefer 2 centrifugal pumps unit. What is the major difference of the 2 proposals?

In the 1 centrifugal pump unit, the mixing pump can be used as transfer pump as well. There will be a T-pipe equipped at the outlet of the mixing pump. In this case, the mixing pump is also transfer pump. But in this conditions, mixing and transfer function cannot be used at the same time. While the pump used for mixing, the transfer must be stopped. While the pump used for transfer, mixing must be stopped. The shift of transfer and mixing can be switched by operators, or controlled by level meters or sensors.

In the mixing tank unit with 2 centrifugal pumps, a pump used for mixing, another pump is used as transfer pump. There is a separate transfer pump in the system. Some clients prefer a separate transfer pump, although their cost will be higher compared with single pump mixing tank unit. But in this conditions, the clients can use the other tank as backup pump. The mixing unit can mix mud and transfer mud at the same time. There is level gauge for high level transfer and lower level mixing.

Some sets of drilling mud vacuum degasser and centrifugal pumps are ready for shipment last week. The equipment will be shipped to an Indonesia client to service at their drilling rig mud systems.

GN Solids Control makes 2 types of drilling mud degasser for oil and gas solids control system: centrifugal degasser and vacuum degasser. All degassers in this project is vacuum type degasser model code GNZCQ270B. It is a 1200GPM capacity drilling mud vacuum degasser. Besides 1200GPM vacuum degasser, GN Solids Control has another vacuum degasser model for 1600GPM to service for big size deep drilling rigs.

ZCQ series Vacuum Degasser is a special-purpose solids control equipment for the treatment of gas in the drilling fluids. It can get rid of various gas of invasive drilling quickly. Vacuum degasser is very important for returning mud gravity, stabilizing mud viscosity and reducing drilling cost. Also, at the same time vacuum degasser can be used as a heavy-power agitator and supported applicable to all types of mud circulation purification system. The vacuum degasser design of the structure is scientific and rational. So it is able to achieve an effective gas-liquid separation, filter out impurities and to ensure that the exhaust pipe is always smooth.

Some centrifugal pumps are included in the shipment. Centrifugal pump is the most popular transfer device in drilling mud treatment system. It can be used as water pump to transfer water in water tanks. It can be used a trip pump at trip tanks. It can be used as feed pump for desander and desilter. It can be used as supercharging pump for triple mud pumps. In the mixing system, centrifugal pump can be used as mixing pump, as well as transfer pump to transfer mud between tanks and different tank compartments.

Besides vacuum degasser and centrifugal pump, GN Solids Control is also capable to make full line drilling mud solids control separation equipment, like shale shaker, mud cleaner, desander, desilter, decanter centrifuge, …. and different type of drilling mud processing equipment, like high G drying shale shaker, vertical cuttings dryer, screw conveyor auger, dewatering centrifuge, solidification unit, etc…


GN Solids Control applied the technology of heating washing and chemical enhancing to treat oil sludge, oil slurry, waste oil and water.

Heating system of GN oil sludge separation system

GN Solids Control equips heating pipes inside mud tanks of the oil sludge separation system, and heating pipes and nozzles on coarse separation shale shaker. Clients can choose electrical oil heating system or electrical steam heating system for the application.

As the normal temperature is high enough. The function of heating is to reduce the viscosity of the oil sludge. Another reason of heating is to maximize the performance of chemical agents. The most suitable temperature for chemicals is around 70C degree. In some countries of Middle east, heating system is not necessary.

Chemical agents used for oil sludge and dewatering treatment

There are normally 3 types of chemicals will be used for oil sludge treatment. Clients can choose to use 1 or 2 or 3 types of chemicals based on the sludge situation and separation demands.
1) Sludge separating agent or surfactant: If the oil sludge viscosity is till high and difficult to separate after heating, sludge separating agent can be dosed before separation. The function is to improve the separation performance of the oil sludge.

2) Demulsifier: After sludge separation agent, demulsifier can be added to make the oil sludge emuisified, to remove the oil and water in the emulsified oil-water mixture.

3) Flocculant (PAM) or coagulant (PAC) : for ultra fine solids separation before enter into decanter centrifuge and disc centrifuge. If you already dosed demulsifier, you should consider and calculate carefully to see you add PAM / PAC or not. As demulsifier is to make oil, water and solids separated. But PAM / PAC is for flocculation. PAM / PAC will reduce the demuisifier performance and to make the oil, water and soil mixture again.

In some projects, acid or alkali will be dosed before separation to balance the PH. If you need to add acid or alkali, it is normally added before other chemical agents. The suitable PH can improve separation performance in some degree, but not much.

Oil and gas drilling, refinery, and crude oil production will all generate a large number of oil sludge waste.The oil sludge waste generated from drilling, refinery and crude oil production have complex composition, which may cause serious pollution to the surrounding environment and wasted resources. As this reasons, it is essential and necessary to treat the oil sludge waste, to reduce and minimize the waste in order to protect our environment.

GN Solids Control utilizes heating washing technology with chemical enhancing system to treat the oil sludge from oil and gas drilling and refineries. 2-phase / 3-phase decanter centrifuge and 2-phase / 3-phase disc centrifuge are used in GN oil sludge treatment system.  The major function of GN oil sludge treatment system is to reduce the solids and liquid waste volume before enter into superior processing equipment.

The water recovered from GN oil sludge system can be reused in the separation system, or use the water for injection. But the water cannot be discharged into environment. They need further slurry separation treatment before discharge. The recovered oil can be sold to refinery companies. The solids can be used as construction field material, like to to make bricks for road construction.

With suitable chemical dosing, below is the major parameters of soil, oil and water after separation from GN oil sludge separation system:

The Oil on Solids Discharged from Decanter Centrifuge is around 1-3%. The solids waste volume is greatly reduced, clients can send the solids waste to TDU company to treat. The cost will be much lower than you buy a TDU. As the cost of TDU and its operation cost is greatly high. Besides TUD, the clients can also use Biodegradation technology to further reduce OOC to 0.5% or less.

Recovery Oil from 3 phase centrifuge BS&W is around 2-3%. Clients can sell it to refinery company.

Oil Content in recovery water from 3 phase centrifuge is 1000-3000PPM. The recovered water can be reused for premixing tank inside the treatment system.
You can add a Water Treatment system to reach 50-100PPM (Oil Content, Water after treatment unit). Or you send the water to slurry treatment company to treat for you.

Chinese Lunar New Year holiday is coming in Feb. There weeks, all workshops of GN Solids Control are works with more shifts in order to finish all orders before the big holiday. A full package drilling mud solids control system will be ready soon and dispatch to sea port next week to catch the vessel.

The full package solid control system is designed and made for a European client. The client cooperated with GN Solids Control for many years. It is not the 1rst mud system the clients bought from GN. They have many similar size drilling mud system from GN Solids Control.

Below is the major equipment list of the full package drilling mud solids control system:

1) Shale Shaker. It is the 1rst stage solids control equipment for drilling mud system, and it is the major separation equipment in a drilling mud treatment system. There are 2 sets linear motion shale shaker in the mud system. Some clients will order an extra shale shaker as backup. The shale shaker model is GNZS594F. It is a 4-panel shale shaker. And it is the most hot sale shaker model from GN Solids Control.

2) Mud cleaner. It is normally 1 mud cleaner in a full package mud cleaning system. And in some jobsite, clients will use more shale shaker to replace mud cleaner. It is also called as 3-in-1 cleaner. It is the combination of a shale shaker, desander separator and desilter separator.

3) Lower/middle speed Decanter centrifuge. The model is GNLW452D. It is a 18inch bowl size middle speed centrifuge which is used for barite recovering.

4) High speed decanter centrifuge. After low speed centrifuge, there is a high speed centrifuge GNLW363C in the system for fine solids separation. As after some circulations, there will be more and more ultra fine solids inside the drilling mud, the drilling mud is weighted. High speed centrifuge will be used in this condition to reduce the mud weight.

5) Centrifugal pump. There are 6 centrifugal pumps inside the system for different functions: a desander feed pump, a desilter feed pump, 2 mixing pumps, and supercharging pump for drilling rig mud pump.