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At this year’s IFAT – World’s Leading Trade Fair for Water, Sewage, Waste and Raw Materials Management in Munich – econ industries presents once more its proven and resource-conserving technology VacuDry® to an international audience. An important issue is the construction progress of the world’s largest treatment plant for drilling mud in Baku, Azerbaijan. Live at IFAT the engineers inform in short lectures about the current status of the installation work near the Caspian Sea.
Even the shipping of the two VacuDry® 2×12,000 plants was a logistical masterpiece. Equipment was stowed right up to the top in no less than 48 standard containers, each 40 feet long. Further system components were packed in wooden crates and found place on 13 heavy-duty transports. Together with 12 standard trucks the plant reached its final destination in the desert from January to March 2016.
Now, the mechanical construction is completed – only two months after the last convoy of trucks arrived. The roof of the future plant building spans already the first of the two systems. Work on the side walls and the enclosure of the second plant are performed at high pressure.
When in a few days the electrical wiring is complete, nothing stands in the way of the cold and hot commissioning. Thanks to the sophisticated system concept – the main components are already assembled in Germany and only have to be positioned on site – and the close cooperation with the Azerbaijani energy company SOCAR the project is even ahead of schedule.
The grand opening of the two VacuDry®-systems is scheduled to take place in September. Then the world’s largest treatment plant for drilling mud will go on-line in the presence of representatives of the Azerbaijani government. Approximately 240 tons of drilling mud from the oil and gas production will be treated every day. This allows to recover more than 16,000 tons of high-quality synthetic drilling oil per year. Thanks to low temperatures, vacuum and nitrogen blanketing – the main advantages of the unique VacuDry® process – the recovered drilling oil is of the highest quality and can be reused without further treatment.