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M-I SWACO Releases New Fluid and Cuttings Separator

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The SCREEN PULSE separator recovers valuable drilling fluid and generates a drier cuttings discharge from the shale shaker.

M-I SWACO, a Schlumberger company, announced today the release of the SCREEN PULSE† fluid and cuttings separator. Easily installed onto new or existing shale shakers, the fully pneumatic system delivers drilling fluid recovery of up to 30 bbl per day and an average drill cuttings waste reduction of 20%.

“Whether drilling on land, in shallow waters or in deepwater, our customers are always seeking ways to optimize the efficiency of their solids control process and thereby lower their total cost of drilling,”  said Guy Arrington, president, M-I SWACO. “Combined with our shaker technology and lightweight composite screens, the new SCREEN PULSE separator maximizes drilling fluid recovery and generates drier cuttings. This reduces waste handling and disposal and overall drilling costs.”

The SCREEN PULSE separator is a retrofitted, fully pneumatic system equipped to operate up to four shakers simultaneously. A carbon fiber pan fitted with an air valve mechanism that provides a pulsing air supply pulls drilling fluid from the cuttings surface as they travel towards the discharge end of the shaker.

The new separator was field tested in the Middle East, South America, and North America, including Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Texas and Louisiana, proving a significant reduction in waste and increase in drilling fluid recovery in all basins.

In the Eagle Ford shale in South Texas, a customer wanted to maintain optimal drilling conditions, including high rate of penetration, while minimizing costs associated with synthetic-based mud (SBM) loss and the disposal of wet cuttings. The SCREEN PULSE separator was installed on MONGOOSE PRO† shale shakers and used in combination with DURAFLO† composite screens to enhance fluid handling capacity and solids control performance. Using this solution on two wells, the customer achieved the drilling objectives and reduced the SBM cost per foot by 30% and the disposal cost per well by 13.5%.

For more information about the SCREEN PULSE fluid and cuttings separator, visit www.miswaco.com/screenpulse.

About Schlumberger

Schlumberger is the world’s leading supplier of technology, integrated project management, and information solutions to customers working in the oil and gas industry worldwide. Employing approximately 115,000 people representing over 140 nationalities and working in more than 85 countries, Schlumberger provides the industry’s widest range of products and services from exploration through production.

Schlumberger Limited has principal offices in Paris, Houston, London, and The Hague, and reported revenues of $48.58 billion in 2014. For more information, visit www.slb.com.  

For further information, contact:
Lisa Ann Hofmann
Media Relations Manager
Schlumberger
Tel:+1 713 689 7091
lhofmann@slb.com

 
 
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