Drilling fluid processing: preparation, maintenance and continuous conditioning


The following discussion is an overview of the operation of drilling fluids at the rig web site, giving an insight to those less versed in the art of drilling oil and gas wells. Fluid processing at the rig website is currently a prime target for higher levels of mechanization and process management, leading towards automation. The drilling fluids' composition influences its properties and dynamic behaviour, and also the various drilling fluid parts and additives all have specific functions connected to the drilling process. The method of drilling fluid preparation and mixing on the drilling rig is described, and therefore the means that of maintaining suitable properties during the drilling process are discussed. Means and requirements are presented for enabling continuous conditioning of the drilling fluid to suit the variations in the wellbore and formation, noting current challenges in measurement, instrumentation, mechanization, and control that require to be solved. It's clear that a higher level of automation is required if we have a tendency to wish to attain this goal.

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