Hybrid Separation System

Halliburton introduced the BaraOmni hybrid separation system, a technology that effectively removes ultrafine low-gravity solids (LGS), resulting in better-performing, longer-lasting fluid systems to help operators significantly reduce costs. As drilling fluids are used, ultrafine LGS accumulate and can affect operational performance negatively. Operators currently use dilution to address this issue, which results in excessive fluid volumes and costs. The hybrid separation system eliminates the need for dilution and improves the operator’s ability to recover drilling fluids so they can drill more wells with less fluid volume. Additionally, BaraOmni allows drilling fluids, contaminated solids, and other hydrocarbon waste streams to be treated with a single system. It replaces traditional complex solids control and waste management equipment setups. As a result, the operator can minimize waste transportation, off-site treatment, and storage to reduce environmental exposure and total cost of ownership. In west Texas, the system was successfully operational within 24 hours of mobilization and was used to treat ultrafine-solids-laden, nonaqueous drilling fluid. In this application, the technology reduced solids from 24% concentration to a final concentration of 3% LGS. The result was a field-ready, premix fluid that was readily blended into a high-performance drilling fluid.

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