ConferenceDrilling Fluids and Cuttings Management Asia has been designed to respond to several key developments that affected energy producing companies’ use of drilling fluids and managing its drill cuttings and waste.
Stricter regulations govern onshore & offshore operations
There’s no denying that when applicable, offshore discharge is the safest and most economical option. Until several decades ago, the oceans were perceived to be limitless dumping grounds of drilling wastes. During the 1970s and 1980s, however, evidence mounted that some types of drilling waste discharges could have undesirable effects on local ecology, particularly in shallow water.
Now, exploratory companies are required to comply with guidelines for disposal of solid wastes, drill cuttings and drilling fluids for onshore drilling operation, especially to protect drinking water and ensure public health. Since drilling for fossil fuel exploration generates a large amount of waste material which gets eroded and re-transported to the surface, Asian environment regulators accord environmental clearances (ECs) for drilling over hundred of exploratory wells and also restrict the use of very effective but highly polluting oil-based muds (OBMs)/ non-aqueous drilling fluids (NADFs).
Main Plenary | Day 1, 13 March 2013
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WorkshopA Exploring The Dilemma Of Environmental Testing Of Drilling Fluids
The test results of drilling fluids are often ambiguous because of the varying conditions (different water temperature, pressure level, currents, sediments and organisms) that these tests are conducted in. This is a big obstacle for environmental advisors and drilling engineers. Key challenges include:
- How can we develop a common protocol which can be universally accepted to provide useful information for the drilling engineers
- Is it realistic to continue using results obtained from the North Sea or Gulf of Mexico as a benchmark since the environment there is very different from Asia and Australia?
B Recycling Drilling Fluids To Reduce Cost
Recycling drilling fluids is increasing in popularity for companies with many oil rigs. In this case, it is worth the extra cost to ship to shore oil-base muds that have been processed mechanically and chemically. The same goes for water-base muds as it is too expensive to use them only once. Issues to be addressed include:
- Achieving goals set to reuse drilling fluids when possible
- Treating the fluids and retaining useful chemicals for further use
- Using anti-deteriorating agent to prevent fluids from getting ‘bad’
- Assessing the number of times fluids can be recycled without endangering the environment
Workshop | Day 2, 14 March 2013
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