Handle higher mud processing rates
An M-I SWACO sales representative working with Cal Boring recommended a more efficient closed-loop mud recycling system. The enhanced fluid recycling solution includes the 518 HV high-volume, high-speed decanting centrifuge, which has a variable frequency drive and handles higher mud processing rates at finer cut points.
Increase mud quality, reduce costs, and mitigate environmental impact
The M-I SWACO sales representative deployed the equipment and trained
the customer on optimal operation. Within the first 2 hours, the enhanced
fluid recycling solution removed over 400 lbm of fine silt and cut the mud
weight from 9.7 to 8.6 lbm/galUS. The cleaner drilling fluid has doubled
the life of California Boring’s pumps. The solution retained more additives,
resulting in a 35% reduction in bentonite consumption.
The enhanced fluid recycling solution decreased California Boring’s waste
fluid by an estimated 32%, resulting in significant waste disposal savings.
By creating a drier cutting than traditional mud recycling systems, the solution
enabled Cal Boring to dispose of waste using dump trucks instead of water
trucks, reducing trucking costs by 70%. The recycled drilling fluid required less
dilution for the next drilling job, decreasing overall water usage by 15%.
The mud recycling system gives California Boring the ability to clean, mix,
and prepare drilling fluid at a central location. This enables deployed units
to arrive at the job site with a clean batch of mud ready to drill each day,
resulting in significant time savings.
The enhanced fluid recycling solution has enabled California Boring to recycle
significantly more fluid compared with conventional systems. The solution
has produced less waste, prolonged equipment life, and reduced emissions
by requiring less trucking.