UK: Total Extends Drilling-Waste Management Contract with TWMA


Environmental waste management contractor TWMA has been awarded a £4million contract extension by TOTAL E&P UK Limited for continued drilling-waste management services in the UK North Sea. The Aberdeen-headquartered firm has been contracted for a further two years to process and handle drill cuttings from the Rowan Viking’s first drilling campaign with TOTAL.

The N-class newbuild drill unit will commence a two-well UK offshore drill programme late-May initially for development drilling in the Elgin field, followed by the planned drilling of the Corfe prospect, south of Elgin.

The Rowan Viking jack-up is owned by Houston-based Rowan and currently operated by TOTAL. It is one of the largest jack-up rigs operating in the North Sea. Under the extended deal, TWMA’s TCC RotoMill thermal  processing technology will process and recycle cuttings alongside the firm’s Cuttings Containment and Distribution System (CCDS).

The CCDS system contains large volumes of drill cuttings at the rig site, while the TCC RotoMill recycles recovered oil back into the drilling fluid. This gives operators a complete environmentally sensitive system at remote  offshore locations.

Ronnie Garrick, managing director of TWMA, said: “We have a long-established relationship with TOTAL and are very pleased that the operator has chosen to continue using our services following a  successful waste management campaign on the Rowan Gorilla V.

“We look forward to working with TOTAL over the course of this latest drilling programme.”

TWMA is leading the industry in designing, manufacturing and operating technologies that reduce the environmental impact of onshore and offshore drilling campaigns worldwide. It has built an impressive track-record of treating wastes at source for reuse. The company was formed in 2000 and it employs around 300 people at its bases in the UK, Norway, Americas and Middle East.


Source:TWMA , May 19, 2011; Image:Keppel