Oil and gas drilling is tough on equipment, particularly the drill bit, which needs almost constant attention to keep the rig operating properly. Injecting drilling mud into the wellbore is among the most important techniques crews have to keep the drill bit and the rest of the operation on track. Drilling mud includes varying combinations of bentonite, barite, fresh- or salt-water, oil or other synthetic additives. This depends on the type of formation you’re drilling and the restrictions imposed by environmental regulations.Download PDFPrint
There is no doubt that Hurricane Florence was one of the worst weather disasters to hit North and South Carolina. The hurricane hit the Wilmington area especially hard. Flooding closed all roads leading in and out of the city at one point. The numbers tell the story well:
- 23.02 inches of rain making it the worst rainfall event in Wilmington ever (2nd worst ever in the United States)
- 105,000 residents without power
- 1,215 people stayed in one of five shelters through the storm
Chemical Manufacturer Stops Clogs & Flooding with SKX Submersible Shredder Pumps
Authors: Kelly McCollum, Regional Manager, BJM Pumps
Based in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Ford-Gelatt (a SunSource company) provides industrial pumping equipment and repair services to the oil and gas, power generation, and chemical process industries. Over the past 25 years, service representatives from Ford-Gelatt have supported the maintenance team working in-house at a local chemical manufacturing facility. This chemical manufacturer is the second largest producer of chemicals in the United States, and they have worked with Ford-Gelatt for over two decades to source and select pumps for a variety of applications.
When the chemical manufacturer experienced frequent clogging of their horizontal self-priming pumps, they contacted Scott Swilley, Industrial Equipment Specialist at Ford-Gelatt, to find a solution that would enable them to avoid flooding and eliminate the related clean-up costs.