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Sinopec completes drilling fluid recycling for major project

19th February 2013

Sinopec subsidiary SLDT wraps up drilling fluid recycling in over 3,000 wells, as part of national project ‘863’

Sinopec completes drilling fluid recycling for project ‘863’
SLDT inspected 2,290 unconventional oil wells in the Shengli oil fields of Xinjiang’s new exploration area in eastern China and another 12 oil fields

Sinopec subsidiary Shengli Drilling Engineering and Technology Company (SLDT) has completed a Chinese initiative in the field of resources and environmental technology, China Petrochemical News reported on Saturday.

SLDT recycled 3,200 cubic metres of drilling fluid waste in over 3,600 on-site environmental tests, saving over USD 9.3m in investment, the company reported.

The Sinopec subsidiary inspected 2,290 unconventional oil wells in the Shengli oil fields of Xinjiang’s new exploration area, eastern China and another 12 oil fields.

The national ‘863’ eco project includes a major research plan for waste management and control of oil drilling fluids and aims to reduce costs and foster environmental protection.

The eco project  recently passed a panel evaluation from the country’s ministry of science and technology and has been used in over 3,000 wells. The drilling fluid recycling technology alone could save approximately USD 1.6m per year, according to estimates.

The project will provide technical support for environmental protection during land and marine-based oil and gas exploration and production activities, China Petrochemical News also said.