Water Well Drilling Articles

  • When are Oil Wells an Explosive Hazard?

    Contrary to popular belief, an oil well can be an explosive hazard even when it is not in operation (pumping steady). An EnergyWire review of federal labor statistics cited that the oil and gas sector experiences the most deaths from fires and explosions, compared to other private industries. Risks of Explosive Elements around Oil Wells A recent explosion in ...


    By Larson Electronics LLC

  • Drill King International is exploring reverse-circulation drilling opportunities in Chile

    The new XT RC50 hammer from Drill King International completed drilling trials at the beginning of August 2016. This 5in (127mm) reverse-circulation (RC) hammer is the first one from the XT (Extreme Torque) series, introduced by the down-the-hole (DTH) drilling equipment manufacturer from Texas, US. The XT RC hammer series will complement Drill King's extensive line of DTH air- and water-powered ...

  • A novel approach for providing potable water in rural Sodwana Bay, northern Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa

    Many people living in the Sodwana area of South Africa do not have access to potable water. Groundwater is the best source of fresh water for the rural community. Potable water in the Zululand coastal plain, Sodwana, South Africa can be enhanced by: (i) providing detailed information on the aquifer system using geophysics; (ii) providing information on groundwater quality and its efficient ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Case Study - Groundwater: 125 GPM Water Well

    Groundwater Well Locating for West Texas Fracking Operation Date:  June 20, 2014 Site:  West-Texas – undisclosed oil and gas field Equipment:  SuperStingR8 WiFi with SwitchBox112 with passive cables spaced at 6m.  Dipole-dipole and strong gradient array Software:  EarthImager2D with a finite element inversion model ...


    By Advanced Geosciences, Inc.

  • Q&A: A look at Shell Oil and Arctic offshore drilling

    Shell Oil drill vessels are heading to the Arctic. But they will not be permitted to drill into petroleum-bearing rock until a key piece of blowout response equipment, a capping stack, is on site. The capping stack is carried on the icebreaker Fennica, which arrived early Saturday for repairs in Portland, Oregon. Arctic offshore drilling opponents plan to demonstrate while the Fennica is ...


    By Associated Press

  • Drilling Mud and Mud Circulation System

    As more utility contractors are moving up to larger rigs, they are also moving toward the use of solids removal ( solid control ) systems. These solid control systems are not stand-alone units. They are part of the drilling fluids system along with the drilling fluid and the fluid pump. ...


  • Drilling Mud Circulation System

    As more utility contractors are moving up to larger rigs, they are also moving toward the use of solids removal ( solids control ) systems. These solids control systems are not stand-alone units. They are part of the drilling mud system along with the ...


  • What`s at Stake: The debate over Arctic Drilling

    Royal Dutch Shell is planning to park two massive Arctic oil drilling rigs in Seattle's waterfront before they head north - but the petrochemical giant will first have to get around protesters in kayaks and others who want to thwart the new frontier in oil exploration and spark a national debate about fossil fuels and climate change. Here's a look at the debate over Shell's plans to drill in the ...


    By Associated Press

  • Enabling Clean Water for 25 years

    Water-well drilling equipment company Boode has been active in groundwater abstraction since 1897, later focusing on supplying PVC well casings and screen systems. Its UK concern, established by Stan and Scott Dronsfield, celebrates 25 years in business this year. Stan Dronsfield still remembers the early days back in 1989 when they operated from a wooden shed in their garden, ...


    By Boode Waterwell Systems

  • Portable IR Analyzers Provide Petroleum & Wastewater Industries with Accurate Oil Content Measurements

    Fixed filter infrared (IR) analyzers have been used to test oil levels in produced water on off-shore and on-shore drilling platforms for well over 45 years. U.S. EPA methods 418.1 and 413.2 were used extensively on a worldwide basis until the Montreal Protocol called for Freon (the solvent used in the analysis) to be phased out. Infrared analysis using tetrachloroethylene (perchloroethylene) is ...


    By Spectro Scientific

  • Case study: Contract title - ADCO Drilling Operations

    Contract Location: Habshan, U.A.E. Contract Start Date: 10/2002 Contract Finish Date: 2005 Quantity Treated (m3): 30,000 tons Treatment Method: Thermal Desorption Rate of Treatment (m3/hr): 3.5 to 4.5 tons per hour (dependent upon feed) Working Hours per Day: 24 Working Days per Week: 5.5 Project Description: RLC Technologies contracted to ...


    By RLC Technologies, Inc.

  • Drilling: Then & Now

    In a recent conversation with a colleague, we discussed the then and now of drilling. Reflecting back to 1988, it was jarring to realize that we have entry-level Geologists & Engineers today that were born that year! They won’t ever truly know what it was like then, and how far the drilling industry has come. They would be amazed at the lives, limbs, and hearing lost over past decades, ...


    By Woodward Drilling Co., Inc.

  • Comply with Highly Regulated Oil in Water Measurements Using Portable Infrared Analyzers

    The Petroleum Industry – both offshore and onshore -- has regulations that limit the amount of oil in discharged water.  Fixed filter infrared (IR) analyzers have been used to test oil levels in produced water on drilling platforms for over 45 years for a number of reasons. On oil rigs where real estate is at a premium, infrared analyzers such as the Wilks InfraCal TOG/TPH ...


    By Spectro Scientific

  • Peristaltic Pumps - A lot more than just heavy duty

    By design, the peristaltic pump is ideal for the dependable handling of abrasive, corrosive, viscous, high density and high solid content fluids. It thrives in those applications where other types of pump fail. Water and waste water industries, mining and chemical processing are all prime markets for this workhorse. But being equal to the tough demands of these applications is far from its only ...

  • Case study 101: Lodi drilling salt water disposal site

    Operational Profile Type of Operation: Commercial Salt Water Disposal Location: Texas Equipment: Gun Barrel b/d: 2000 bbl Gravity of oil: 50 degrees BS&W beforestudy: 1% Unit size: 4” Separation Enhancer Key ...


    By Eco1st Technology Group

  • DTI installs 3 blind horizontal remediation wells in cobble

    The Issue An active retail gas station next to a wetland area has benzene and trimethylbenzene plumes in a water table aquifer containing sand, gravel and cobbles. Rock fragments and boulders several feet in diameter lie in the vadose zone, between the ground surface and the water table. Business at the gas station would slow down or stop for an extended period of time if a vertical ...

  • 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 Plast-O-Matic pressure regulator protects a stem drilling machine from overpressure

    Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) is one of the leaders in the world of designing, manufacturing, installing, and servicing industrial power systems. As a top Fortune “Global 150” company, MHI generates more than $25 billion in annual revenues and employs more than 40,000 people worldwide. A key subsidiary of MHI is Mitsubishi Power Systems, located in Orlando, Florida. Established in ...


  • Oil Field Water Treatment

    The IE Oil Field Treatment System (OFTS) offers a portable, yet high-quality, answer for oil well operators seeking to treat produce water from their drilling operations. The OFTS utilizes the extraordinary separation and dewatering characteristics of the FloccinAgent™ line of products, coupled with IE’s technical expertise and experience in wastewater treatment, to quickly and efficiently remove ...


    By Integrated Engineers Inc.

  • Removal of hydrogen sulfide by zinc oxide nanoparticles in drilling fluid

    Hydrogen sulfide is a very dangerous, toxic and corrosive gas. It can diffuse into drilling fluid from formations during drilling of gas and oil wells. Hydrogen sulfide should be removed from this fluid to reduce the environmental pollution, protect the health of drilling workers and prevent corrosion of pipelines and ...

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