Real-time monitoring and automation solution launched for the oil and gas industryEngineering360 News Desk | September 16, 2022
Specialist drilling waste management company, TWMA, has launched its new XLink solution, which is designed to provide oil and gas operators with increased automation, deeper insights and real-time data monitoring to improve the efficiency of their wellsite drill cuttings processing system.
XLink is a hardware and software system upgrade that provides both personnel-on-board (POB) reduction through offshore automation and allows customers to monitor their drilling waste operations live from anywhere in the world. The cloud-based system, which can be integrated into any existing TWMA asset operating offshore or on land, links drill cuttings volume monitoring and material conditioning, all combined through a data platform that delivers real-time monitoring capability.
At the system’s core is XLink CST automation, a patent pending air mixing system that is retrofitted into the cuttings, storage and transfer tank (CST), conditioning the drill cuttings without the need for manual intervention, thus reducing POB requirements.
The XLink system allows for full control of the drilling waste management handling process from one central control point on the rig. The radar level sensors fitted within the CSTs allow tank volumes to be tracked and displayed in real time via TWMA’s secure online portal, which customers can access from anywhere in the world.
Offering sustainability benefits, the XLink system, coupled with the TWMA RotoMill wellsite processing solution, allows remote cuttings volume tracking and subsequent hole condition monitoring. By processing the drill cuttings at source, the solution eliminates the requirement for the transportation of drilling waste onshore, removing all logistics and associated costs. This has been proven to reduce carbon emissions by 50%, significantly lowers costs and improves safety performance.
For more information, visit the TWMA website.