DI-87 – Survey of Alternative Environmental Detection & Cleanup Methods for Wellsite Operations

DI-87 – “Survey of Alternative Environmental Detection & Cleanup Methods for Wellsite Operations”

Date Submitted: July 16,1999
Title: Survey of Alternative Environmental Detection & Cleanup Methods for Wellsite Operations
Submitted by: Westport Technology Center 6700 Portwest Drive Houston, TX 77024 713-479-8400 www.westport1.com
Principal Investigator(s): Thomas E. Williams – 713-479-8470 williams@neosoft.com Ryen Caenn, 713-479-8413 Also support from ICF Consulting, Fairfax, VA.
Business Impact: We would like to see if there is interest by DEA members to sponsor a study, which would look outside the upstream oil & gas industry to survey for technologies appropriate to the detection and monitoring of drilling related contaminants and wastes. The study would also identify possible processes, equipment and/or methods that could be used for waste minimization and/or the removal of contaminants from drilling related discharges and cuttings. It will address the difficulties encountered in planning and implementing projects mandated by environmental rules and regulations. Eliminating or minimizing the costs associated with these mandates is essential to the timely and cost effective completion and production of oil and gas wells. The objective is to assist (primarily offshore) operators in complying with existing and pending regulatory requirements.
Technical Objectives: The project will identify and evaluate the industrial resources currently in use by non-oilfield industries for identification and cleanup of waste streams, both liquid and solid. Those that may have an application to the oilfield will be identified and investigated. The project will look at both source reduction and end of pipe Best Available Technologies (BAT).
Methodology: A team of investigators will be utilized that have a broad level of technical knowledge and background necessary to properly find and assess this information, plus have an understanding of regulations, current oilfield best practices and procedures. Industry and government surveys and literature searches will establish a database of BAT processes currently in use in various industries such as aerospace, computers, automotive, public utilities, waste water, chemical/refining, and other manufacturing systems. Detection, monitoring, mitigation and control methods practiced in these industries will be evaluated and assessed as to their applicability to oilfield operations.
Deliverables: The report will include a BAT Database: detection methods, treatment methods, and mitigation techniques. BAT Database and Recommendations for oilfeild operations.
Comments: As currently described, this will be a relatively inexpensive and short term study.