Mud Recycling Unit

Published: January 28, 2018 | Last updated: July 5, 2023

What Does Mud Recycling Unit Mean?

A mud recycling unit is a piece of equipment used in horizontal or vertical drilling that is used to recover, filter and recycle the drilling fluid (sometimes referred to as drilling mud) from the open bore during the drilling operation.

The recycled drilling fluid from the mud recycling unit is then pumped back to the drill pipe to be reused.


Trenchlesspedia Explains Mud Recycling Unit

Drilling fluids are added to the wellbore to control pressure, stabilize the open borehole, provide buoyancy to remove cuttings and cooling and lubricating of the drill bit. The quality of the fluid therefore directly affects the quality and efficiency of the drilling operation.

A typical mud recycling unit consists of a shale shaker, mud cleaner, mud agitator and a mud tank. This equipment is valuable to contractors, as reusing properly recycled, good quality drilling fluid can save resources, reduce cost and lessen construction time by reducing the amount of water and bentonite needed for drilling.


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