Modular SwiftPlant® Fluid Mixing and Storage Facility
A Rapid-Action Option for Short-Term Mud-Mixing Operations
The new SwiftPlant® fluid mixing and storage facility offers exceptional mobility and is easily scaled up or down to meet operational requirements. The entire plant can be mobilized and made operational within days of arrival; this helps eliminate the long lead times usually associated with installing a liquid mud plant.
The modular design enables tank battery configurations to fit narrow or spatially restrictive sites. Storage tank configurations include vertical interlocked groups of four or more for applications that require minimizing the ground footprint. Tanks can also be double stacked horizontally. And, both configurations can use the same modular manifold system.
Each tank is equipped with an accurate, high- frequency, radar level sensor. The entire SwiftPlant storage facility operates on available local power or can run on a portable generator set that ships with the assembly to the job site. The standard mixing system has two interconnected 250-bbl mixing tanks that slide into conventional 40-ft ISO containers. Mixing tank volumes match SwiftTank unit volumes so that one complete mix volume fills one SwiftTank unit, simplifying the volume tracking process. Unlike conventional square-ended tanks, that require manual cleaning to remove settled materials, these mixing tanks have curved ends to improve agitation and minimize solids accumulation. Each mixing tank also has two agitators and rotating mud guns.
High-frequency radar level measurement, accurate to 0.5 in., presents SwiftTank unit-level readouts remotely and on a sensor, which is mounted on the tank at eye level. Each block, of up to 10 tanks, can be supplied with high- and high-high-level indicators that activate a horn and rotating light alarm. Depending on communications capabilities at the location, a real-time readout of tank volumes is available ; alarms sent by email give warnings when inventories drop below the required level.
The modular SwiftPlant storage facility enables all components to be shipped on standard ISO container vessels, greatly increasing delivery options for sea, road, and rail transport. SwiftTank units meet all American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) transport codes and have no special placement requirements. The tanks and the mechanical plant, including pumps, mixing tanks, and other components can be shipped as standard ocean freight. All tanks and manifolds are interchangeable. Once the tanks arrive on location, they can be erected in interlocked groups using safe, off-the-shelf container locks that are provided with each SwiftTank unit.
SwiftPlant® Modular Fluid Mixing and Storage Facility was selected as a finalist in the 2007 World Oil Awards.