Mud Drilling, Cuttings Disposal, and other Oil/Gas Pump Applications

mud drilling pump

Applications: Mud Control for Drilling, Oil Sand Extraction, Drill Cuttings Transport/Disposal, Oil Sumps

The purpose of this page is to identify your application and learn more about an equipment solution to meet your needs in the drilling industry. These are the most common oil and gas applications that we use our equipment for. We are the OEM of the tools shown.

Application: Oil sand pumping (water required)
Material: Quartz silica sand. Coarse and abrasive, in slurry form.

Common Oil Sand Extraction Scenario:

The EDDY Slurry Pump is perfect for pumping oil and tar sand slurry, drilling mud control, drill cuttings removal, and oil sump transfer. This unit does NOT pump dry sand, we need at least a foot or two of water on top to create a sand or mud slurry. Call with questions.

By using a Submersible EDDY Pump in an oil sand extraction application, you can handle the most abrasive of materials while minimizing clogs and other maintenance problems. The EDDY Pump allows you to pump the sand slurry at distances over 2-miles at production rates of up to 600 tons of slurry per hour or 5000 GPM.

Below are commonly pumping distances we see, along with a pump curve to match the details. Contact us with your exact numbers and we can provide you with a pump curve tailored to your job.

Distance: 2300 ft
Vertical Rise: 25 ft
Production: 1210 GPM

Equipment Used: EDDY Slurry Pump 6 Inch setup.
Optional HPU: Excavator powered attachment OR a separate Hydraulic Power Unit (HPU) will power the pump attachment. The ideal option is based on your project requirements.

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Drilling Mud Pumping Demonstration Video

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Applications: Mud Control for Drilling, Drill Cuttings Transport/Disposal, Oil Sand Extraction, Oil Sumps

The purpose of this page is to identify your application and learn more about EDDY Pump equipment solutions to meet your needs. These are the most common oil and gas applications that we work with. We are the OEM of the tools shown.

Common Oil & Gas Drilling EDDY Pump Applications:

  • Controlling Mud Waste From Drilling
  • Separation and Recirculation of Drilling Mud
  • Processing and Disposal of Drill Cuttings
  • Transporting Oil Sand for Extraction
  • Maintaining Oil Sumps
  • Slurry Transport

Oil & Gas Drilling Pumping Problems

Mud, sand, and crude oil are difficult materials to pump due to their high-viscosity and abrasive nature. Centrifugal pumps quickly get worn down and lose their tolerances and suction capabilities. This results in sustained downtimes and constant repairs.

Mud waste is a common byproduct of oil drilling, and must constantly be moved from the drilling site to keep the area clear of debris. Typically, the mud is stored in large ponds nearby the drilling operation. Slurry pumps are used to transport the mud to and from these storage areas. Mud is highly abrasive and its inherently high viscosity makes it a difficult material to pump.

The EDDY Pump rotor acts as a mixer on thixotropic materials and provides a shear thinning effect. The EDDY Pump’s ability to pump concentrated solids is perfect for moving highly viscous materials with less than 5% free liquid.

Drilling mud recirculation is a process where drilling mud is brought up to the surface, carrying along cuttings and other debris from the borehole and then ran through a process to separate the large particles from the mud before it can be pumped back into the borehole. This process utilizes heavy duty slurry and drilling mud pumps which are built to allow large objects to pass through unobstructed.

The EDDY Pumping effect is excellent at inducing viscous materials up into the pump suction, which is often very difficult with conventional pumps, which require some form of feeding in order to facilitate pumping. Additionally, the abrasive nature of the drilling mud destroys the impeller of the pump and causes pump failures, costly repairs, and spare parts. Our pump has a high tolerance ultra-recessed rotor that withstands the high abrasiveness of drilling mud.

oil-gas-drill-cutting-recirculation-pumpPicture: Oil and Gas drill cutting pump with extended housing and recirculation option. 

Oil sand pits are usually mined using draglines or excavators to mechanically dig up the sand and aggregate and then place it into large piles. The oil sands are then loaded into huge dump trucks to be crushed and pumped to the processing plant for the oil extraction process.

The EDDY Pump’s unique design allows pumping of the material at production rates of up to 450 cubic yards or 800 tons of material per hour. On average the EDDY Pump will handle about 40-70% solids by weight.  The EDDY Pump’s open rotor design also allows the pump to pump rocks up to 9-inch in diameter without clogging.  For operations where the plants prefer to screen down the aggregate size, classifiers can also be added at the front of the pump eliminating oversized rocks.

Sumps in the oil and gas industry play a crucial component in collecting all the excess sand, rocks and debris that are cast out during crude oil processing. All these rocks, debris and abrasive material cause constant issues for centrifugal sump pumps.  This means constant downtime and costly repairs.   The abrasive and corrosive sands wear out the impellers and the rocks and debris clog the low tolerance centrifugal pumps.

The EDDY Pump is the ideal solution for these sumps and can be deployed electrically, hydraulically or as a self-priming unit.  Furthermore, the abrasive nature of mud, sand, and other abrasive sediments will destroy the impeller of centrifugal pumps and causes pump failures, costly repairs, and spare parts. Our pump has a high tolerance ultra-recessed rotor that withstands the destructive nature of abrasive mud, sand, and rocks.

Equipment Options For Job:

EDDY Pump Equipment

The EDDY Pump can be deployed in various configurations to optimize the transfer of sand and drilling mud. Some of the ideal deployments for the oil and gas industry are Excavator Pump Attachments, Slurry Pumps, Self-Priming Pumps, Submersible Pumps, and Cable-Deployed Pumps.

Excavator Dredge Pump Attachment

Excavator Dredge for Fly Ash

The EDDY Pump Excavator Dredge Pump Attachment is one of our most popular units.

It allows any power generation or contracting company with little or no experience in dredging to easily convert one of their existing excavators or a rental into a hydraulic dredge.  An excavator operator can then easily learn to operate the Excavator Pump Attachment with only a few hours of training.  The Excavator Pump gets pinned to the end of the excavator boom and can either be used with a cutterhead or a high-pressure jetting ring to agitate the material before pumping.

A slurry hose is then connected to the pump and run along the boom of the excavator over the back of the excavator and connected into the pipeline.  The pump can easily move material at rates of up to 400 cubic yards over distances of over a mile at solids rates of 40-70%.  This is all done creating little to no contaminant resuspension or detectable turbidity.  This is the most environmentally friendly dredge on the market.  Please click here to see more about the proper pump and excavator size for your application: Excavator Dredge Pump Attachment Info 

Self-Priming Pump

Most EDDY Pumps are submersible, with a self-priming unit, the pump and power unit are not submerged. The suction house goes into the slurry and the unit acts like a super-sized wet/dry vacuum. This type of pump can remove air on its own and continue operation without assistance, making it perfect for mounting on a trailer that can be wheeled from location to location. Becuase the pump is not submerged, both the operation and maintenance of self-priming pumps are economical and relatively easy.

Cable-Deployed Pump

Coal Ash Cable Hanging Pump

For mining operations where a crane is already available on an oil and gas drilling site, the EDDY Pump Cable-Deployed Pump can be ideal. This cable deployed pump system comes with water jetting system to optimize production. The cable-deployed pump can have an electric or hydraulic power system to meet the needs of the operation.

The pump mounts off a cable, hanging off the crane and the water jetting ring is attached to the pump. It can also be pinned to an excavator. Cable Deployed Dredge info Here

Sump Pumping (Oil Sumps & Custom Applications)

Fly Ash Process Pumps

The EDDY Pump Sump Pump can be configured and powered in multiple ways to meet the needs of oil sump maintenance.  It can be powered either electrically, hydraulically or be self-priming. For use in submersible, immersible or dry run applications.  The non-clogging high tolerance EDDY Pump sump design makes it ideal for reducing all downtime and costly spare parts.

Custom pumps are our specialty. Sump Pump Info Here.


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Oil & Gas Pumping Photos

Photos of recent oil and gas mud drilling and pumping projects. Mud/sand transfer applications and slurry ponds are the primary clients of EDDY Pump.

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If you need help with Pump selection, Sales or Engineering Support, Call 619-258-7020.