Modern technologies provide environmental, economic incentives

SOLIDS CONTROL-1Modern solids-control technologies, when applied correctly, can reduce environmental wastes, lower drilling fluid and disposals costs, prevent stuck pipe, improve penetration rates, and reduce drill-bit wear.Worldwide, operators and contractors use three basic arrangements to remove drill cuttings, control mud weight, and maintain rheologic properties. These are:Simple earthen pits lined with a zig-zagging arrangement of dikes. Gravity is used as the primary means to drop out sediments, and natural clays are used as a weighting agent.Mud-tank arrangements that process drilling fluid sequentially and combine mechanical and settling techniques to reduce drilled solids while ...

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