The composition and beneficial reuse of drilling muds

Published: Tuesday, 27 May 2014

An increased focus on hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, is driving demand for minerals such as bentonite and barite used in drilling mud. Drilling waste must subsequently be disposed of in a safe manner. Savannah Cooper of Worldwide Recycling Equipment Sales, takes a look at the environmentally friendly drilling mud recovery route.

Drilling muds, or drilling fluids, are an integral part of the drilling process. These specialised fluids, which contain minerals such as bentonite, barite, calcium carbonate and graphite, are used to help in the process of drilling a borehole into the earth, which are created for oil and gas extraction, as...

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