Baker Hughes opens North Sea waste facility

Baker Hughes has opened its Eco-Centre waste management facility in Peterhead, Scotland.

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HOUSTON– Baker Hughes has opened its Eco-Centre waste management facility in Peterhead, Scotland. The installation will provide compliant waste processing for all liquids and solids generated during drilling. The plant also has remote monitoring capabilities for online tracking of waste streams.

The 30,000-sq-ft Eco-Centre can process in excess of 30,000 metric tons (33,000 tons) of drill cuttings and 14,000 cu m (3.7 million gal) of liquid waste annually. The facility segregates each company’s drill cuttings for a transparent and fully auditable trail, says Baker Hughes. Drill cuttings are processed to reduce oil content to less than 0.5%, allowing for disposal in approved landfills. Liquid waste is treated to separate and remove all solids and hydrocarbons, allowing the remaining liquid to meet or exceed the strict regulatory standards for reuse or disposal.

The Peterhead facility also includes Baker Hughes’ Fluids Environmental Services (FES) Global Research and Development Center. In addition to drilling waste treatment technologies, the center will research drilling and production operations requiring a technology step-change to ensure the highest level of environmental stewardship.

The center is the first of its kind and is expected to serve as a model for additional such installations and services.


06/24/2010

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