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Why Solids Control is a Game Changer for the Oil Industry!

Dec 27th, 2021 at 08:42   Automobiles   Bareilly   44 views
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Solids control is a technique used in oil drilling. It is typically located on a drilling rig and is used to separate the solids in the drilling mud. These solids are created by the crushing of the drill bits that are carried out of the well surface. 


Essentially, solids control is the recycling of the drilling mud, and it saves costs regarding mud quantity and disposal. Although there are other forms of waste management in the oil industry, solids control is one of the best options to drilling waste management and helps to minimize the environmental impact of oil drilling.



Solid control systems contain multiple parts and stages.


Mud tank: Mixes and stores drilling mud

Shale shaker screen: Removes large solids

Hydrocyclones: Speeds up the settling process

Centrifugal screw pumps: Provides feed pressure and volume to operate the hydrocyclone

Desander: Removes medium-sized solids

Desilter: Removes small-sized solids

Vacuum degasser: Removes air from mud agitator

Conveying equipment system: Transports cuttings

Centrifuge: Recovers barite and complies with environmental standards

Mud cooler


In order to make the mud quality useful for recirculation, the content of solids in the mud has to be kept below 5%. By reusing mud and fluid multiple times, solids control is a much more economical method of oil drilling. 


Reduce Drill Bit Penetration

Keeping the concentration of solids in drilling mud down is also helpful for reducing excess drill bit penetration. This helps to avoid the risk of instability due to long periods with an open borehole. In turn, this reduces drilling costs.


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