Project 20: Hydraulic Drilling Fluid Processing System (HPS)

PROGRAM LEADER:

Soren Soe (UniSA)

PROJECT LEADER:

Shane Fox (UniSA)

 

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KEY RESEARCHERS:

  • Shane Fox (UniSA)
  • Mengbin Min (UniSA)
  • Rob Brewis (UniSA)
  • Luca Penzo (Uni SA)
  • Ferial Hakami (Curtin University)
  • Alton Grabsch (CSIRO)

Timing:

Phase 1:
1 November 2019 ‐ 30 April 2021

Cash Funding:

$1,450,000

Project Participants:

Research Participants:

  • Curtin University
  • CSIRO
  • University of South Australia

Project Summary:

Project 20 will deliver a Hydraulic Processing System (HPS)optimised for Coiled Tubing (CT) drilling. The HPS is a self-contained, mobile unit that will clean, prepare and replenish drilling fluid at low-cost, rapidly, safely and in an environmentally-friendly manner. The HPS system will be truck-mounted so that it can be transported for long distances and set-up safely and efficiently in the field by one person.
In combination with improved CT drilling being delivered in Project 2, the HPS will enable multiple drill holes at a fraction of the financial, energy and water cost of diamond or RC drilling. , This will enable the combined drilling platform to access a much larger share of the drilling market.

Project 20 will be executed in MinEx CRC Phase 1 (2019-2021 inclusive) so that it can be deployed in CT drilling campaigns as part of the National Drilling Initiative from 2021.

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