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.
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.
Dewatering is an aspect of almost all construction projects. Examples include lowering the water table prior to excavation, removing standing water or planning for rainfall. Overlooking or underestimating dewatering increases your costs and causes delays in construction.
Selecting the right construction dewatering pump can have huge implications on project success. Many construction project managers underestimate the importance of selecting the right pump. Premature pump wear or unexpected failure can significantly increase project expenses and delay project schedules.
The best pump choice for construction dewatering is a submersible pump. Some project managers use self-priming pumps because they are more portable. However, a long suction hose going into your self-priming pump causes frequent loss of prime and stalled pumps. Also, self-priming pumps tend to only dewater solids in the pit rather than remove them.