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Solids Control

Solids control is a technique used for well drilling to provide re-cycling of drilling fluids for drilling rigs. Drilling fluid maintenance cost, clean up, and disposal cost as well as the overall cost of boring can be reduced dramatically when proper solids control techniques are utilized. These facts were recognized in the oil industry in the late 19th century when open earthen pits were used to separate the cuttings from the borehole. This was accomplished by a series of weirs and settling pits that allowed the solids to naturally settle out by using gravity. The clean mud then flowed into a suction pit to be re-pumped down the hole. This was the first solids control technique ever used.

The next innovation in solids control came when the shale shaker was introduced in the early 1930s for the oil industry. The shale shakers were derived from technology used in the mining industry. The shale shaker remains today the primary piece of solids control equipment utilized in the industry.
 

Benefits of Low Solids in Drilling Mud

  • Increase drilling penetration
  • Increase bit or back reamer life
  • Reduce mud cost
  • Reduce triplex mud pump, mud motor and surface equipment maintenance cost
  • Reduce clean up & haul off or disposal cost

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