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Mini Solids Pump and Mini shaker for South America Customer

Each year, GN Solids Control makes and sells tens of solids pumps in different sizes. The solids pumps are widely used in many industries, like the oily sludge transfer, slurry transfer, sand transfer even containing small stones, animal waste and etc. Some clients are even using a small sized mini solids pump for cleaning the waste on bottom tanks, during which the solids pump could serve the function as a vacuum cleaner we daily use in houses.

2022.08.25 Mini Vacuum Pump


About GN Solids Control

1. The pump is fully air driven. Yes, exactly, cause the solids pumps are really designed as a vacuum cleaner, and it has another name, which is a vacuum pump. It is called a vacuum pump because it is driven by air and helped by an air compressor. The air compressor generated a gas force to the pump and the pump uses travel valves, delay valves and some other parts to suck and push the materials in and out by using the compressed air. Instead, a vacuum pump itself has no need for electricity.

2. Features of vacuum pumps. The air force is high, so the pump is quite powerful. For example, the largest vacuum pump is GNSP-40B among GN vacuum solids pumps and it can suck materials from 500 meters far and discharge to up to 1000 meters away. Even the half sized GNSP 20B can discharge the material to 500 meters distance.

3. Special functions for a mini vacuum pump. Comparing with a large vacuum pump, the mini pump is more compact in structure and equipped by some wheels for easy movement. With a handle, it can be dragged from here to there, just like when you are using a vacuum cleaner at home. GN provides 3 types of inlets for the vacuum pump to make it suitable for different materials.

For more information, welcome to contact GN directly.

How to Choose a Suitable Solution for a Drilling Waste Management System

According to the environment protection laws and regulations in many countries, the drilling waste management system is mandatory for a drilling rig’s solids control system. A complete drilling waste management system includes 2 systems, one is to treat the drilling cuttings discharged by the solids control shale shakers, which is used for reduce the cuttings for a safe discharge, and also for recovery of the drilling fluids. The other is drilling fluids waste management, which is used to remove the extra particles in the drilling fluids after a long time recycling in a solids control system.

2022.08.15 Solids Control Centrifuge

1. Drilling cuttings waste management system. In a word, this system’s first mission is to minimize the cuttings to be discharged. Based on different mud type, the first separation equipment is different.

1.1. For oil based mud, which is used in most of drilling fields, a vertical cuttings dryer is more efficient. A vertical cuttings dryer is a high speed rotating machine which uses the centrifugal force to splash the liquid to through a mesh while the same mesh is used to block the cuttings. GNCD930 series vertical cuttings dryers can reduce the oil on cutting to below 5%.

1.2. For water based mud, a high G drying shaker is a better choice. It is similar as a shale shaker. And the main differences from a solids control shale shaker are: a high G shaker has a larger G force and the feeding of a high G shale shaker is like a hopper.

2. The second step for separation, for both the OBM cuttings and WBM cuttings is always a high speed decanter centrifuge, which is used to remove the finer solids particles in the liquid after the first equipment’s work. Unless a solids control centrifuge, this centrifuge for drilling waste management is always equipped by a VFD control panel, which is more flexible for variable mud condition.

Next time we will talk about the drilling waste management system.

Drilling Mud Solids Control Centrifuges for Africa Clients

Africa is a wide and beautiful land with rich resources including the gold mines and black gold mines, the crude oil. During exploration of the crude oil, the environment protection should be fully taken into consideration, for example, in the drilling mud, there are drilling cuttings to be removed and chemicals to be safely discharged. In this case, an efficient solution for solids control system is quite important. In all countries, the solids control system and drilling waste management system are legally requested.

GN Solids Control, as a professional manufacturer for decanter centrifuges and solution provider for solids control and waste management systems has been cooperating with many companies in Africa. This time, just in last week, GN Solids Control has provided to a client in Africa with a drilling mud solids control centrifuge.

What functions could a decanter centrifuge to serve in a solids control or waste management system for oil and gas drilling?

Solids Control Centrifuge

1. Decanter centrifuge are always located as the 4th stage for solids control, after the desilter cones. Before the centrifuge, there are shale shakers, desander cones and desilter cones, each has a smaller cutting point than last stage. A middle speed decanter centrifuge is always used for recover the expensive barite in the drilling mud.

2. If there is a 5th stage for separation as in many high configuration solids control systems, it should be a high speed centrifuge, too. This centrifuge is used to separate out the cuttings from 2 to 5 microns in the drilling mud.

3. As in many countries in Africa, where there is a drilling rig, along with the solids control system, there should be a drilling cuttings waste management system containing s vertical cuttings dryer and a decanter centrifuge. The vertical cuttings dryer is used to remove the oil on cuttings and the high speed centrifuge is used to remove the small particles in the recovered mud from vertical cuttings dryer.

Those above mentioned equipment are all within GN’s product range. Welcome to consult from GN Sales Team.

Two Sets HDD Mud Cleaning System for SINOPEC

HDD is a quite common way for pipeline works in cities or for pipelines across the rivers or so. This word is short for horizontal directional drilling. Just as other drilling, the drilling mud is to be used for HDD and the drilling mud should be well treated and prepared for reuse. A complete mud cleaning system for HDD always includes following steps for separation:

2022.08.04 HDD Mud Cleaner
1. Shale shaker. In many mud cleaning systems or so called solids control systems, the shale shaker is always the first step for separation. It is used to remove most of particles and also the largest particles. In those 2 systems GN recently made for SINOPEC, the shale shakers are GNZS703F. This shaker model is quite popular in HDD projects and also used for oil and gas solids control systems. It has a screen area of 2.63 square meters provided by 3 pieces of shaker screens each sized 1250*700mm.
2. Mud cleaner. In fact, in an HDD mud cleaning system, there are always desander cones and desilter cones. Desander cones are of 10 inch diameter, which is used for removal of particles larger than 40 microns. And the desilter cones are of 4 inch diameter for removal of particles larger than 20 microns. A mud cleaner is a combination of desander cones and desilter cones, with a shared underflow shaker for drying.
3. A mud mixing hopper is a must for a HDD mud cleaning system, which is used for adding the loss components into the recycled drilling mud in order to prepare the drilling mud for the future drilling. A mud mixing hopper has a hopper and a centrifugal pump, the hopper can be located together with pump by the mud tank, or on tank top with the centrifugal pump on tank bottom.
4. A decanter centrifuge, which is not a must but quite efficient in high configuration systems. A middle speed centrifuge like GNLW452D is used to remove particles from 5 to 7 microns. And a high speed centrifuge is used to remove particles from 2 to 5 microns.
Welcome to consult GN for more information.