The drilling of mud represents an ongoing challenge for oil and gas companies. Along with increased environmental awareness, more stringent environmental regulations and the rising cost of oil, new technologies are always required which recover the oil fraction contained in the mud produced during drilling operations.
Standard technologies such as mechanical separation are not able to achieve stringent recovery standards in most cases. For example, it does not have the capacity to recover oil if the oil content in mud is less than 5%. Thermal separation technologies and thermal desorption represent an ideal solution as they can achieve a residual oil content of up to 1%. It should be noted, however, that standard thermal desorption technologies might encounter some limitations due to viscosity and solid content. Thin film evaporators (TFE) are also an ideal application.
3V Green Eagle and 3V Tech developed significant experience in TFE applications for environmental solutions.