Mud tanks, bigger or smaller, are regarded as the base of a drilling system, no matter for oil and gas drilling mud solids control systems, or for HDD or CBM or TBM, or whatever. When there is drilling and there mud is used, it is necessary to have mud tanks.
It is not a tough task for an engineer to design a mud tank by using the modern soft-wares like AutoCAD or 3D drawing tools, but how to help the customer to get an ideal tank at first time? Is the requested storage capacity of tank enough for design? GN Solids Control here shares some tips.
- When one is asking for a solids control system for oil and gas drilling, it means the drilling mud is from the well hole directly. In this case, we must take into consideration the weir height of shale shaker when choosing the height of mud tanks. Because if the total height of shaker weir and tank height is too large, it is possible that the mud can not fall from the pipelines from well mouth. This tip is especially for workover rigs. For meeting customers’ different requests, GN has designed its shale shakers to provide several optional weir types.
- During transportation, what equipment in this system could be disassembled, while which equipment need to be fixed on tank and transported together? In practice, mud agitators are always on tank, while shale shakers and mud cleaners are always removed temporary.
- Is there any legal requirement at the users’ local for the largest width or largest height? This must be took care.
- In case of international business, the system need to be shipped by sea. What kind of sea shipment does the end user accept? Container or bulk?
With all above items cleared, one may now better how to choose the tank for the customer. Of course, the storage capacity is the basic requirement which should be meet at first stage. GN always believe to provide the customers with best and suitable solution.