• Opportunities to Reduce the Environmental Impact of Drilling Fluids | Jonathan Getliff

    The most effective solution may not always have the lowest up-front cost, but Distinguished Lecturer Jonathan Getliff shares how to reduce overall drilling waste management costs by reducing drilling fluids’ environmental impact and increasing reuse and recycling rates. This talk focuses on drilling fluid choices and the challenges of drilling waste management in diverse environments.

    Drilling fluids and drilling waste management are a major part of well construction costs. Correct management of drilling fluids and associated wastes can be a significant undertaking but is essential for the management of potential long-term liabilities. The key thing to remember is that planning and waste minimization are key. Experience shows that there is no global, one-size-fits-all, solution. It is essential to understand the receiving environment and follow the regulatory drivers for each region.

    Getliff highlights key considerations, shares lessons learned, and discusses the technical requirements of the drilling fluid. He also reviews the possible impacts of the chosen fluids and describes what can be done to reduce the amount of waste generated.

    This presentation is from the Distinguished Lecturer 2021-22 season.

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  • Opportunities to Reduce the Environmental Impact of Drilling Fluids | Jonathan Getliff