Barkeeper: Centrifugal Separation Module

Posted by Irina Tabakina

The Barkeeper is a patent pending centrifugal separator designed to process weighted drilling fluids at the highest possible rates and with maximum efficiency. The Barkeeper recovers as much as 100% of the barite in weighted drilling fluids. The barite is returned to the active mud system, while decanting centrifuges can be used to discard the low gravity drill solids. A dual gradient, deep water drilling system based on dilution of riser mud requires economically separating the riser mud into a low density dilution fluid and a higher density drilling fluid. The Barkeeper can be used in combination with 250 GPM/ 925 LPM modules to achieve economical separation of the mud into low density and high density streams with superior rheological properties compared to centrifuges.

(As published in the April 2015 edition of Maritime Reporter & Engineering News -

Maritime Reporter Magazine, page 100,  Apr 2015

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