Drilling fluid, often referred to as drilling mud, is essential during oil and natural gas drilling. There are three main types of drilling fluid: Water based muds, oil-based muds and gaseous drilling fluid.
Each mud type is designed to have different properties which are useful when drilling through different types of formations.
Oil based drilling fluid is expensive to produce and difficult to dispose of after use, so is normally recycled. It is the job of a mud engineer to take samples of the drilling fluid which is bought to the surface and take measurements of the composition. This information is then used to add drilling mud additives to maintain the required composition for optimum drilling.
Salunda’s MudChecker unit provides mud engineers with a quick and reliable way of measuring the oil, water and solid percentage and salt within the drilling fluid. The handheld device takes just a few minutes to provide accurate, repeatable results which can be imported into Salunda’s accompanying software. Results can then be exported either as an individual CSV file or as a batch download for further analysis and data manipulation. This means mud engineers can carry out more frequent testing of the drilling fluid; improving efficiencies and reducing the risk of non-production time.
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