drilling waste management system

Recently GN solids control shipped one batch of telescopic skid vertical cuttings dryer and decanter centrifuge to an International oilfield service company. This is their repeat order, this client have over 30 units decanter centrifuges and 10 units of vertical cuttings dryer at their rig site for drilling waste management project. Especially in the tough period this year, the economy is going down, oil prices are falling, demand for petroleum products is decreasing, and the oil industry is in a slump, we got the continuous support from our old clients, their trust and repeat order help us a lot, and GN always try to supply the best quality, best delivery time, best after-sales service and spare parts support and the most economic solution. We are growing up together with our customers during the past 10 years.


We have standard design of drilling waste management system package GNCM-40A, which is widely used for oil based drilling cuttings treatment in the world, it consists of vertical cuttings dryer with flushing pump ( screw pump), VFD decanter centrifuge with feeding pump ( screw pump or submersible slurry pump), intermediate tank to receive the fluids discharged from vertical G dryer, telescopic skid for vertical G dryer, telescopic skid for decanter centrifuge, pipelines, tank accessories and tank skid, all of the items are installed on one package for convenient transportation, the design treating capacity is 40 m3/h. We also provide customized design as per client’s requirement.


This customer need the decanter centrifuge and vertical cuttings dryer one 2 separate telescopic skid, by this way, they can use the equipments flexible for different rigs, and they can make the rest accessories locally to save cost. During transportation, the skid height will be down to meet the transportation limit, and during operation, they will be lifted up for archive better separation result.

GN solids control shipped several units of vertical cuttings dryer and decanter centrifuge to Russia with customized painting color. As the expert of solids control & drilling waste management in China, we have exported a lot of vertical cuttings dryer and decanter centrifuges to Russia area.


The vertical cuttings dryer and decanter centrifuge is the major equipment of zero discharge system for oil based drilling cuttings treatment. The working process is as below:
The screw conveyor collect the oil based drilling cuttings from the shale shaker of solids control system and discharged to 2# screw conveyor, the 2# screw conveyor is installed slantly and transfer to vertical cuttings dryer top open feeding port. The vertical cuttings dryer dry the drilled solids from oil based cuttings by centrifugal force. The screen basket traps the fluids and accelebrates them up 900rpm and G force is up to 420G. The fluids is discharged from the liquid discharged port and flow to intermediate tank, the feed pump transfer the liquids to decanter centrifuge to separate fine solids, the cut point is 2~5 microns. The clean fluids is recovered by the catch tank or connect the pipeline back to solids control system for reuse.


VFD decanter centrifuge should be applied for drilling waste management system, which with 3 motor frequency VFD, main motor, back drive motor, pump motor. We use ABB brand inverter for easy outsourcing when need to be replaced, all the other electrical components are also with ABB, Siemens, Schneider with good quality. Our VFD control panel is positive pressurized VFD control panel with PLC smart control and HMI interface. The screw pump as centrifuge feeding pump flow rate can be adjusted by changing the motor speed.
We also produce complete drilling waste management system with our standard compact design, for cold area, we can install the system inside the container.

This week one batch of big bow decanter centrifuge and shale shakers are ready for shipment to USA. The models and configuration is as below:

  1. Big bowl decanter centrifuge: The decanter centrifuge is used to separate the fine solids from the drilling fluids after shale shaker. The shale shaker with good performance can reduce the solids content effectively and protect the centrifuge screw from damaged by the big solids. GN solids control can produce decanter centrifuge from 9 inch bowl to 30 inch bowl, the mini centrifuge with 9 inch bowl diameter is mainly used for mining and waste water treatment, also it can be used in compact oil sludge treatment unit, the 14 inch bowl decanter centrifuge is the most popular model decanter centrifuge for solids control, drilling waste management system, oil sludge treatment unit and dewatering unit. The 18 inch bowl, 22 inch bowl decanter centrifuge is the big bowl decanter centrifuge can be used for solids control, drilling waste management system, oil sludge treatment unit and dewatering unit and slurry separation. The 30 inch bowl decanter centrifuge is the biggest bowl decanter centrifuge we produced now, it can be used for Tunneling and other construction work which need big volume slurry.
  2. Linear motion shale shaker: The linear motion shale shaker is to separate the coarse solids from the drilling fluids, the user can use different API mesh size shaker screens to separate different solids size.GN shaker screens are produced comply with API RP13C standard and have been approved by the API authorized lab. The composite material frame shaker screen with longer working life, better conductance, better separation performance, better storage life, not only for our own shale shaker, we also produce the replacement shaker screens for world famous brand shale shaker with competitive price and good quality.

Below is the photo of GN drilling waste management system working for CNPC project successfully, the client is satisfied with the performance, the oil on the cuttings is below 5%, it can meet the environmental regulation for landfill or for disposal. If the user need the OOC to be lower than 1%, we have Thermal desorption unit, the drilling waste management system can be used before TDU, it can save energy and save the operation cost of the TDU for the user.


The drilling waste management system consists of VFD decanter centrifuge, vertical cuttings dryer, screw pump for feeding the centrifuge, screw pump as flushing pump of vertical cuttings dryer, mud tank for collection of the centrifuge fluids.
The features of the GN decanter centrifuge: The goods quality and proper design can ensure the goods separation performance of the decanter centrifuge.


1) All the centrifuge bowl is made of duplex stainless steel 2205 or 2304, which is better than SS316 and SS304, the other components are made of SS316. The screw is made of SS304 by heating treatment.
2) The solids discharge port and fluids distribution port is interchangeable and protected by tungsten alloy.
3) The bearing is SKF brand bearing to ensure the longer working life.

Recently GN solids control shipped several units of solids control equipments for Uzbekistan for cold weather, these equipments are special for low temperature operation to -50℃.We have provided such low temperature solids control equipments to Russia area oil & gas drilling rigs before, including the containerized drilling waste management system. The technical configuration of low temperature containerized drilling waste management system is as below:


The feeding system to the drilling waste management system is through screw conveyor, it is transferred to the open top of the vertical cuttings dryer. One unit of vertical cuttings dryer installed on the mud tank, the discharged solids are dropped down to a continuously working screw conveyor to ship it out from the opening of the standard 40ft container. The fluids dropped to the mud tank and the screw pump will transfer it to the VFD decanter centrifuge ,which is also installed on a short mud tank, the fluids are treated by the VFD decanter centrifuge again and the solids discharged will be also transferred out by the screw conveyor for disposal. Another screw pump is installed on the vertical cuttings dryer mud tank as the flushing pump, once the working is finished, it is necessary to flush it or when the screen basket is blocking, it is necessary to flush with the flushing pump.


All the equipments are installed inside the 40ft container to keep the system warm in cold weather below minus zero degree, to prevent it from getting frozen. The 40ft container is with windows and doors for convenient operation, all the walls attached with the Insulation for better warm.