UK-produced well site processing solution to cut North Sea operator’s emissions
UK-based provider of integrated drilling waste management and environmental solutions TWMA has secured a seven-figure contract with an undisclosed “major” North Sea oil and gas operator.
Under the contract, TWMA said it would deploy its RotoMill well site processing solution on a harsh environment semi-submersible unit in the Central North Sea in order to remove waiting-on weather risk associated with a ship-to-shore approach.
The RotoMill technology allows drilling waste to be processed at the source, eliminating the need to transport drilling waste long distances for treatment or disposal, the company said.
This is expected to improve the client’s environmental performance through a 50 per cent carbon emissions reduction.
“We are proud to have secured this contract due to our proven track record in delivering successful drilling campaigns in the North Sea,” said Sandy Wood, Business Development Manager at TWMA.
“The client was particularly interested in our offshore processing technology’s potential in reducing delays associated with waiting on weather, a common problem customers face in the North Sea. Improving efficiencies for our customers drives our service offering, and we are pleased to be supporting the operator by eliminating costly delays.”
According to TWMA, processing drill cuttings offshore improves the risk profile of drilling projects by reducing lifting operations by up to 95 per cent.
Removing the need for shipping drilling waste onshore negates the need for supply vessels, skips and onshore processing which lowers the total cost of waste ownership and reduces carbon emissions for operators by half compared to the traditional skip and ship method.