Oct 28

Drilling cuttings would be produced when drilling. In order to recover and reuse the drilling fluids, the operator need remove the drilling cutting from the drilling fluids. The well known equipment to remove the cutting from drilling fluids is the solids control equipment. So, what is the cuttings dewatering system? And how it works to remove the cuttings in the drilling fluids?

The drilling fluids with cuttings coming from the well hole is fed to the shale shaker unit via the elevated pipeline, this the method used in oil rig package. For some other drilling project, like the no-dig horizontal directional drilling, the used drilling fluids would be collected into a pit on the ground, and then the fluids would be transferred by a slurry pump to the shale shaker unit.

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Mud Dewatering

Shale shaker unit is the first stage for removing the coarse size cuttings in the drilling fluids. And then the de-sander and de-silter cyclone could remove out the cuttings with size down to around 20 microns. The used drilling fluids treated by the de-silter cyclone are already clean enough to be reused. However, the cuttings with size less than 20 microns would build up to make a heavy mud which is not suitable for normal drilling application.
The dewatering system is especially equipped to remove the ultra fine solids that even cannot be separated by the decanter centrifuge unit. A decanter centrifuge like GN’s 22 inch model GNLW553 can remove the cutting with size down to 5 microns. For the even finer cuttings, we need a flocculation process to gather the ultra fine solids so that the decanter centrifuge could remove out. The polymer mixing system is a critical part of the dewatering system, GN’s polymer mixing system is designed with powder hose conveyer, automatic dosing system, mixing tank and diaphragm pump for transferring the polymer to the drilling fluids. For better flocculation process, always one acid tank and one alkali tank is equip to make the suitable PH value.
Sometimes, the drilling fluids are mixture of water and oil, GN is also able to provide the oil water separator system for recovering the water and oil.
GN now has already have the design of the complete system for drilling cutting dewatering system, for more
information, please feel free to contact with us.

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Jul 04

Diamond core drilling is a type of drilling used to get the stratum samples so that the geological experts could analyze what under the ground, and if there is mineral reserve, how deep need to be drilled for exploitation. Diamond core drilling always uses tube type drill bit for getting a cylinder earth sample. The drill hole is not too big to use plenty drilling mud. However, on consideration of environmental protection, the recycling of the
drilling mud is firmly requested, which is also a method of cost saving.

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GN Solids Removal Unit for Diamond Drilling

The drilling mud recycling system of the diamond core drilling can also be called as solids removal unit. As the drilling site of diamond core drilling is always space limited. The solids removal unit needs to be as compact as better. GN has 2 equipments that are made especially for diamond core drilling: Mini shaker and Mini centrifuge unit.
GN Mini shaker is 2-panel screen design with vibration G force up to 7.1 that is used to remove the coarse solids in the drilling fluids. Heat treatment on whole shake deck greatly strengthens the deck to ensure a better performance on drying the solids.
GN Mini centrifuge is 2-phase type for solids and liquid separation, 9 inch bowl diameter, with speed up to 3800RPM, the centrifuge could effectively remove the solids with size of 2 microns in the mud. Stainless steel material of the bowl guarantees the good working for all kinds of chemical liquid. The protection of tungsten carbide tiles on screw and ceramic casing at solids discharge port significantly extends the life time of the centrifuge.

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GN 9 Inch Centrifuge

The mini shaker and mini centrifuge could be ordered separately as well as included in GN’s solids removal unit. By fixing the shaker and centrifuge unit on a tank, GN could provide clients a very compact mini mud recycling system-SRU. GN SRU can also do the job for re-configuration the drilling mud. GN also has modular type solids removal unit which is transportable by helicopter to remote area.
GN solids removal unit could greatly decrease the solids content in drilling mud so that to make the drill bit down hole perform well. It could greatly reduce the consumption for water and drilling mud, which is a large saving and benefit for environment. GN now has brochure especially for solids removal unit, any interests, please feel free to contact with GN.

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Dec 24

Pitless means no need to dig a pit on the ground to collect the drilling cuttings. Nowadays, though the solids control system is widely used in oil drilling, some drillers still dig a mud pit on the ground to collect the drilling waste cuttings discharged out from the primary solids control equipment.
So long as the drilling rig is working, the solids control system has to be working all the time as the used drilling fluids is continuously coming out from the drilling well. With the issue of much strict environment protection regulation, the driller need find a solution to reduce the volume of the discharged drilling cuttings; in the meanwhile, much more drilling fluids could be recovered to reduce the drilling cost. And then they got a
conclusion, if I can establish a pitless drilling cutting disposal system, all the problems would be solved.

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Pitless Drilling Cuttings Disposal System GN

Pitless drilling cuttings disposal system requires a good connection between the traditional solids control system and waste cuttings management system. The most important is there should be a final solution on how to make the discharges environmental friendly. For the waste cuttings out of the shale shaker and cyclone unit, no matter water base or oil base. We have the high G force drying shaker and vertical cutting dryer unit to make the cutting much dryer so that more drilling fluids could be recovered. The recovered drilling fluids would be pumped
to a high speed centrifuge for separation of fine solids in the drilling fluids. After treated by the centrifuge, the drilling fluids would flow back into the storage tank for drilling reuse. The screw conveyor is used to transfer the drilling cuttings from shaker unit to the cuttings dryer machine. Therefore, it is no need to dig a mud pit, or at least, a large and deep mud pit on the ground to collect the drilling cuttings. We nearly realize
the pitless before the final disposal of the dry cuttings.
There are Thermal Desorption Unit and solidification unit could be used to dispose the cuttings from the high G force drying shaker and Verti G dryer. These 2 systems could make the cuttings none hazardous for environment. Finally, the pitless drilling cuttings disposal system is established.

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