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Improving Efficiency of Offshore Drill-cuttings Handling Process

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


Article in Varden 23.01.2014

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January 2014 - January 2017


Det norske oljeselskap ASA (“Det norske”), Telemark University College, University of Tulsa and Missouri University of Science and Technology, USA

Funded by

Norwegian Research Council through the Petromaks2 programme

DetNorske Oljeselskap

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