WASTE MANAGEMENT

Polymer drilling fluids, synthetic oil–based drilling fluids, and other fluids with expensive additives provide a great incentive to use good solids-control procedures. However, minimizing the waste products from these expensive systems will also have a great impact on drilling costs. Most drilling operations have a targeted drilled-solids concentration. Failure to remove drilled solids with solids-control equipment leads to solids control with dilution. This creates excessive quantities of fluid that
must be handled as a waste product. If this fluid must be hauled from the location, the excess fluid becomes a large additional expense. Even if the fluid can be handled at the location, larger quantities of fluid frequently increase cost. This is discussed in depth in Chapter 15 on Dilution. Smaller quantities of waste products can significantly decrease the cost of a well. Decreasing the quantity of drilling fluid discarded with the drilled solids will decrease the cost of rig-site cleanup. Dilution
techniques for controlling drilled-solids concentrations greatly increase the quantity of waste products generated at a rig. This results in an additional expense that adds to the total cost of drilling.

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