Yukos, Big E employ near closed-loop systems

09/04/2000
SOLIDS CONTROL-2 As more drilling rigs begin to use near closed-loop systems, traditional reserve pits will o longer be used as fluid and cuttings dumps. Obvious benefits of ?pitless? system include smaller and cleaner wellsites (Fig. 1)Click here to enlarge imageDrillers can eliminate most drilling fluid wastes, decrease the need for dilution, and reduce the cost for mud preparation with near closed-loop systems (NCLSs).Yukos Oil Co., Moscow, which has adapted seven Siberian rigs to include centrifuges and flocculation-coagulation units, and Big E Drilling Co., Houston, which has constructed a new rig with a purpose-built system, show clear examples of how solids control systems can be...
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