A new collaboration project for further development of a more environmentally friendly solution for the treatment of drilling mud waste has received 2.8 million from the Research Council of Norway.
The Dynavac Separator (DynaSep) waste management system has been developed by Dynamic Well Solutions and makes it possible to treat drilling mud waste directly on board an offshore rig, instead of taking the waste ashore.
Safe, environmentally friendly and easy
Waste treatment on board makes the solution both more environmentally friendly and cheaper. When the waste does not need to be transported to land for treatment, the need for weather-dependent and dangerous crane lifting activities is also removed.
The system can be used on all types of drilling platforms, both jack-ups, semi-submersibles and drilling vessels.
Develops digital twin
Through an innovation project in business (IPN), UiS will develop a digital twin to be able to perform advanced optimization and reliability analyzes of Dynasep. This work will be led by Professor Yihan Xing at the Department of Mechanical and Structural Engineering and Materials Science at UiS.
The Research Council's IPN project is a company-led project with a large content of research and development (R&D); systematic, creative work to acquire new knowledge.
Cooperation between local companies
This IPN project is owned and managed by Dynamic Well Solutions in collaboration with Envitec and UiS. In addition, Repsol Norway and Baker Hughes are partners in the project.
"It is important to secure jobs, at the same time as we are allowed to develop a new product that will reduce the environmental impact offshore. The collaboration with UiS allows us to lift the approach to the project from a technical to a scientific level", says Stian Gundersen in Dynamic Well Solutions.
"It is also gratifying that all the companies in the collaboration are based in Rogaland. The project is a very good example of good cooperation between both large and small players in our region", states Professor Yihan Xing.
Text: Elin Nyberg