Having effective solids control equipment is very important for any oilfield. Without having proper solids control, drills can encounter a variety of problems. When low gravity solids start to build up, the borehole can become ineffective for drilling, rods can get stuck, and the penetration that a drill will reach becomes much less effective and you lose meters. One of the most effective ways of solids control is with an oilfield decanter centrifuge.
What Is An Oilfield Decanter Centrifuge
With a horizontal oilfield decanter centrifuge, the mixture of drilling liquid and cuttings and solids enter into the centrifuge. When it enters the centrifuge, it gets spun at an extremely high rate, sometimes as much as 3000 times the force of gravity. When this happens, the solids will separate from the liquids. When they are separated, the drilling liquid can be decanted and eventually returned to the mud tank where it can be replaced into the borehole for efficient drilling.
Benefits An Oilfield Decanter Centrifuge
One of the biggest advantages to having an oilfield decanter centrifuge is the size that it takes up. Compared to other solids control equipment, a centrifuge takes up less real estate. On many oilfields the site footprint is not large enough to support a wide range of solids control equipment. A centrifuge is highly effective and efficient so you can separate solids from drilling liquids even on small drilling sites.