Management plan reduces heavy-oil waste costs

A waste-management plan reduced the cost for handling drilling and production wastes for the Hamaca heavy-oil project in the Orinoco belt of Venezuela (Fig. 1). Click here to enlarge imageThe project operator, Petrolera Ameriven SA, is a joint venture of ConocoPhillips 40%, ChevronTexaco Corp. 30%, and Petroleos de Venezuela SA (PDVSA) 30%.To implement the plan, Ameriven designed its central waste-treatment facilities (CTRD, or Centro de Tratamiento y Recuperación de Desechos) with the technical support of two units of Halliburton Energy Services Group: Halliburton Total Fluids Management and Baroid. The CRTD facility receives both heavy-oil drilling and production wastes (Fig. 2)....

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