TWMA wins W. African processing gig

April 29, 2013

Atwood Aurora jackup rigTWMA has been awarded a contract to supply its offshore processing services to support Glencore Exploration Cameroon Ltd’s drilling campaign offshore Cameroon.

The 400-day contract, which commenced in March this year, is TWMA’s first offshore thermal processing project in the region.

The scope of work includes the installation of a TWMA TCC RotoMill and cuttings collection and distribution system (CCDS), integrated to supply a total containment, treatment and disposal solution capturing drill cuttings and associated fluids on board the Atwood Aurora jack-up drilling rig. A team of experienced TWMA operators are managing the project on location.

Due to the rig’s proximity to shore and shallow-water location, the operator was concerned about the potential environmental impact of its operations. The solution provided by TWMA treats all non-aqueous base fluid (NABF) drill cuttings by way of thermal desorption, recovering 99% of base oil for reuse by the operator. The inert rock powder and recovered water are disposed overboard for sea dispersal, in a process that is proven to have a near-zero impact on the environment.

Kyle Duncan, TWMA project engineer for the Glencore installation said: “The size of the rig, combined with deck loading restrictions and a very tight design cycle, made this a very interesting and challenging project from the outset. In order to meet the project deadlines, TWMA’s engineering team travelled to Houston to complete a fast-track FEED phase with the client. Upon completion of the preliminary design works, TWMA finalised and delivered the full engineering design package within a three-week time frame in order to obtain the client’s approval prior to mobilization.”

This is just one of several opportunities in the pipeline for TWMA, as legislation continues to evolve in the West Africa region and operators become increasingly aware of the environmental impact of their drilling operations.

Rob O’Neill, sales director for TWMA said: “TWMA can provide operators with the optimum solutions for environmental performance, safety and operational efficiencies. Increasingly clients are turning to TWMA because we understand the challenges associated with operating in environments where the regulatory framework is constantly evolving. The challenge for operators is being prepared for these changes, and TWMA has a range of solutions to support that.”



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