Thermal system handles cuttings at Colombian site

09/25/2000
A thermal desorption process used by BP in Colombia has proven efficient and cost effective in treating oil-based-mud (OBM) drilled cuttings.Tuboscope subsidiary Brandt, Houston, specifically designed and customized its THOR (thermal oil recovery) system for oil-based-mud drilled cuttings. The system allows for maximum source reduction and minimum waste, recycling, and environmental impact.BP estimates savings at close to $2 million/well while using thermal desorption. The following items contribute to the cost savings:Diesel recovered from the cuttings can now be used for new mud makeup (rather than fresh diesel).Drilling time is reduced through the use of oil-based mud vs. water-based m...
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