Thermal Processing Systems
Baroid’s thermal desorption technologies ensures environmentally acceptable cuttings disposal
Baroid offers a range of thermal technology solutions that include the proven, indirect drum system—successfully used on four continents since the 1990’s to treat over 500,000 metric tons of drill cuttings. Add to this, the latest friction-based systems for use onshore and offshore.
The goal of any thermal desorption technology is to produce oil-free or ultra-low Total Petroleum Hydrocarbons (TPH) solids for disposal by distilling the oils from cuttings and recovering it to be reused as drilling fluid. Baroid will select the most suitable technology and optimize it based on available footprint and capacity requirements.
Baroid offers base oil selections that combat thermal degradation and maximize base oil recovery
The increased use of thermal technology has made the recovery of base oil a key issue for operators. Therefore, it has become increasingly important to select base oil that has a lower temperature for desorption, so it can be effectively removed from cuttings at a lower temperature. Another benefit of lower temperature is less inherent, thermal degradation of the base oil. On that basis, the ideal base oil would be one with high resistance to thermal degradation and a low desorption temperature.
Baroid Research and Engineering staff studied nineteen different base oils commonly used as drilling fluids and identified three that exhibit the lowest or no thermal degradation. The group also developed a laboratory protocol for determining the suitability of fluids for thermal recovery. The study also produced a degradation profile, making it possible to select a fluid that will best meet the requirements of a project.