drilling fluid additive Articles

  • Industry leading drilling fluid dewatering

    The drilling industry is regulated by a myriad of environmental regulations that protect our air, water, and land resources. As these regulations continue to evolve, so too must the technologies utilized by the drilling industry. Though lowering compliance costs is always a worthy initiative, incorporating technology that also enhances the drilling process by improving down-hole conditions and ...


    By Elgin Separation Solutions

  • Singleton well site

    Client: P.R. Singleton Limited Date: 2008 – 2009 Value: £20,000 CL Voelcker was appointed by P.R.Singleton Limited to assist with the variation of permit conditions for their on-shore oil well site in West Sussex. The site is an existing oil well site for which additional capacity is required. The initial ...

  • Laser induced release of encapsulated noble gas in SCHOTT receiver

    Thermo oil based parabolic through technology is limited to operational temperatures close to 400°C due to the decomposition of the heat transfer fluid and accompanying hydrogen permeation into the vacuum annulus. The presence of hydrogen in the annulus leads to an increase of thermal losses and a decrease in thermal efficiency. In order to overcome this so-called ‘hot tube ...

  • Principles of HDD Solids Control & Buyers Guide

    Relative to the use of drilling fluids within the oil & gas industry, the use of drilling fluids within the horizontal directional drilling (“HDD”) industry, is new.   As the use of HDD technology did not become mainstream until the 1980’s, it took another decade before drillers started to consider the use of basic drilling fluids.  Even today, ...


    By Elgin Separation Solutions

  • Questions And Answers About Saltwater Spills

    An estimated 1 million gallons of saltwater generated by oil drilling has leaked from a North Dakota pipeline, company and tribal officials say, and federal authorities are investigating whether any of the liquid reached Lake Sakakawea, one of the nation's largest man-made lakes. Here are some questions and answers about the spill and saltwater: Q: How does oil drilling produce ...


    By Associated Press

  • In-situ Thermal Remediation Under an Apartment Building

    This paper presents the implementation and results of ET-DSP, an in-situ electrical soil heating technology, in combination with high vacuum dual phase extraction, to achieve the removal of vapour pressure sensitive BTEX compounds from under an occupied residential apartment building. Operating within several engineering, environmental, and safety constraints, a design was developed in order to ...


    By McMillan-McGee Corp.

  • Case study - Shale gas extraction: frac water treatment

    The client The Client is a company which makes part of a Group based in the Eastern Europe and specialized in drilling activities and well services for the exploration/extraction industry. The Client’s needs Shale is a sedimentary rock that is predominantly comprised of consolidated clay-sized particles. Shale gas is produced from ...


    By EVALED-Evaporator

  • The “Straight Skinny” on bentonite-based drilling muds & their standard practice use in the horizontal remediation well industry

    Let’s make our point up front: 1) bentonite-based drilling fluid is NOT bad for horizontal remediation well (HRW) projects; 2) it does not damage the formation; 3) it is a naturally occurring clay material that is mined; and 4) it does flush easily/adequately during well development. Most remediation professionals have designed and/or installed vertical wells at one time or another ...

  • The Application of Waste Solids Management Vertical Cuttings Dryers as an integral element of a successful Solids Control System

    In Elgin’s last White Paper, “Common Challenges Relative to the Use of Decanter Centrifuges for Barite Recovery in the Oil & Gas Industry,” a detailed discussion was offered about the complexities involved in achieving effective solids control when deploying a dual-centrifuge “barite ...


    By Elgin Separation Solutions

  • Geodrilling International - Installation of Closed-loop Borehole Probes

    The installation of closed-loop borehole probes is a challenge on almost any project. With many domestic clients requiring a large meterage of borehole to be installed in a small site, Nicholls Boreholes has found that the traditional manual installation of closed-loop borehole probes is no longer a safe or acceptable option. The company has developed the Loop Feeder, a hydraulically-driven, ...

  • EPG Pumps – Suitable for Class I, Div 1 & 2

    Before a pump can be considered suitable to be used in Class I, Division 1 hazardous (classified) locations, it must first meet at least  one of the four criteria established in paragraph (a) of the National  Electric Code (NEC), Article 501-8 Motors and Generators. Condition (4) states: “Of a type designed to be submerged in a liquid that is flammable  only when vaporized ...


    By EPG Companies Inc.

  • Centrifuge Technology in Drilling Fluid Recycling

    Drilling fluid additives and the water that contains them are an essential part and expense of successfully completing a horizontal directional drilling (HDD) installation, and the longer the bore and larger the product being installed, the more drilling fluids cost. Therefore, it makes economic sense to recycle drilling fluids by removing cuttings and recirculating the cleaned ...


    By Elgin Separation Solutions

  • Questions and answers about damaging oilfield wastewater

    As U.S. oil and gas production increased this past decade, so, too, did spills of salty oilfield wastewater that can foul the land, kill wildlife and threaten freshwater supplies. An Associated Press analysis of 11 states found more than 180 million gallons of wastewater spilled from 2009 to 2014. Questions and answers about this damaging byproduct of energy production: WHAT IS IT? ...


    By Associated Press

  • Questions and answers about damaging oilfield wastewater

    As U.S. oil and gas production increased this past decade, so, too, did spills of salty oilfield wastewater that can foul the land, kill wildlife and threaten freshwater supplies. An Associated Press analysis of 11 states found more than 175 million gallons of wastewater spilled from 2009 to 2014. Questions and answers about this damaging byproduct of energy production: WHAT IS IT? ...


    By Associated Press

  • Oil and Gas Development - Onshore Industry - Pollution Prevention Guidelines

    Introduction Pollution Prevention Guidelines to provide technical advice and guidance to staff and consultants involved in pollution-related projects. The guidelines represent state-of-the-art thinking on how to reduce pollution emissions from the production process. In many cases, the guidelines provide numerical targets for reducing pollution, as well as maximum ...


    By The World Bank

  • Getting ahead of the Caribou - pitdry process—innovative solidification solution for spent drilling fluids

    An oil company has been producing oil and gas in British Columbia’s Southern Foothills since 1992. The operator has continuously invested in the area and recently opened up new gas producing wells northwest of Fort St John, the largest city in the northeast region of British Columbia. The new wells are situated 4,600 feet above sea level in a rigid mountain terrain. The viable way to connect the ...


    By CETCO Energy Services

  • A new approach to drilling waste management – prevention!

    Grangemouth based Surface Active Solutions (SAS) has developed its microemulsion based technology to aid the prevention and management of drilling waste. The many activities surrounding the removal of drilling mud in surface and downhole cleaning applications usually generate significant volumes of oil contaminated drilling waste. The drilling mud is typically removed through the use of solvents ...

  • Surface active solutions tank cleaning & crude oil sludge removal

    For over ten years Surface Active Solutions has led the way in developing integrated microemulsion solutions for tank cleaning operations, crude oil sludge treatment and slops treatment. The company, with offices in Houston and Grangemouth (Scotland) aims to create real synergy in its approach to tank cleaning by combining its microemulsion chemistries with automated tank cleaning systems. The ...

  • Common challenges relative to the use of Decanter Centrifuges for barite recovery in the oil & gas industry

    When centrifuges are properly deployed, they can have dramatic effects on drilling performance. In fact, without them, many of the advances made in drilling would not have been considered achievable. Classically, we believe that centrifuges can achieve two common goals: Reduce the content of drilled fines, specifically colloidal solids, and Perform barite recovery in order to reduce ...


    By Elgin Separation Solutions

  • A smarter approach to solids control

    When looking at technical brochures and marketing materials in regards to solids-control equipment, one question that should always come to mind should be: Is this really necessary? Other great questions to ask are: What are my day-to-day needs; and what are my severe, high-duty needs? Finding the right solidscontrol equipment is much like buying a personal automobile. Most vehicles’ ...


    By Elgin Separation Solutions

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