This project aims to generate new knowledge on handling process of drilling waste (drill cuttings).
Cuttings consist of number of compounds that, for environmental reasons, cannot be deposited on the seabed. The cuttings need to be separated, dried, treated and stored before being eventually taken onshore and/or recycled as an engineering material.
Under the proposed project, it is aimed to conduct a detailed research study on transport properties and storage criterion of dry and partially-moist solids drill cuttings. Modelling of transfer process, both in dry state and wet state, is necessary to understand the influence of different characteristic properties of drill cuttings to define optimum process parameters. On-line monitoring process on drill cuttings, coupled with a reliable modelling technique can be used to optimize the transfer process.
Tel-Tek's contribution is particularly related to the following areas:
More environmentally friendly and cost effective handling and storage of drilling waste
Cost and energy efficient solutions for handling of drill cuttings in Norwegian continental shelf.
Improved solutions for health, safety and environment aspects of handling and storage of drilling waste