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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Nov 18

The drilling operator might know that after several times reuse of the drilling mud, there will accumulate more and more ultra fine solids in the mud that cannot be separated out with physical method even by using high speed decanter centrifuge unit.
The accumulated solids will rise up the mud specific gravity that will greatly affect the mud performance. While, in order to keep the normal density of the mud, under this circumstance, the flocculation no doubt is the most popular method to be used.

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polymer mixing unit

The flocculation process is produced in a type of machine called polymer mixing unit. This unit is used to mix the polymer that will be fed into the centrifuge to gather the fine solids in the mud. This polymer mixing unit is always connected with the centrifuge unit in the solids control system. After the separation by primary solids control equipment like shale shaker and cyclone unit, most of the solids larger than 5 microns could be removed out. The centrifuge unit plays an important role in this flocculation process. Sometimes, this centrifuge is called dewatering centrifuge.
GN’s polymer mixing unit is designed as 3 compartments mixing tank with automatic dosing conveyor and agitating device. Dry chemicals and water are fed into the first compartment for mixing, and then overflow into the second compartment for maturing process. The third compartment is used to store the solutions waiting for use.

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dewatering centrifuge

The material of this machine body is PP. At each compartment, there is installed one automatic agitator with stainless steel made agitating shaft and impeller. The chemicals feed hopper is also made of SS304.

In order to realize the continuously mixing, the tank compartments are installed with liquid level control device. The mixing, maturing and storing process continuously transfer with low labor cost. The PLC design makes the operator adjust the solution concentration as per request, high automatic degree, and no need human watch over.
GN could provide the polymer mixing unit with dewatering centrifuge containerized for weather proof. For more information, welcome click to see GN Dewatering System.

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