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ATC Automatic Tank-Cleaning Technology

Minimize HSE risks, waste generation, and emissions

ATC automatic tank-cleaning technology
Compared with manual tank cleaning

Minimize HSE risks and decrease waste generation

M-I SWACO ATC automatic tank-cleaning technology reduces cleaning time, crew requirement, and carbon footprint and minimizes or even eliminates confined-space entry. Within the industry's more stringent QHSE environment, ATC technology improves safety and reduces the number of personnel onboard, waste generation and associated emissions, and downtime during the cleaning process.

ATC VAC technology at dock side
Low-volume automatic tank-cleaning technology

How it works

ATC technology employs tank-cleaning machines (TCMs) that are optimally positioned inside the tank. The machines are programmed based on the cleaning pattern and analysis of tank geometry. The portable ATC technology is brought onboard when the cleaning job is going to take place. The TCMs are connected to the ATC technology skid, which features pumps that send a mixture of surfactants and water to the TCMs.

Powerful water jets clean every surface inside the tank following the specially programmed cleaning pattern. A portable slop pump or rig-tank pumps transfer the slop back to a washwater recycling unit inside the ATC technology. There, the liquid phase is separated from the solids. Liquid is recycled to the TCMs for reuse as cleaning fluid until it becomes too contaminated by fine solids.

At the end of the operation, cleaning fluid and solid waste—predominantly barite—are safely removed from the installation or recycled to build new mud volume. In cases where an overboard permit is in place, the process is simplified.

ATC technology also comprises customized cleaning chemistry for the specific mud type. The closed-loop system also reuses fluid by separating solids from the liquid. The 44 bbl of water and cleaning liquid prepared at the outset of the cleaning operation is used to clean several tanks. Once fine solids have settled out in the waste container, the liquid can be reused.

ATC automatic tank-cleaning technology
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Decarbonize Your Operations

ATC automatic tank-cleaning technology is part of our Transition Technologies portfolio. Learn about our approach to driving high performance sustainably and other technologies that can help minimize your well construction CO2 footprint.

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