Cubility signs distribution agreement for solids control technologies in U.S., Canada

10/4/2017

HOUSTON -- Cubility AS, a provider of solids control solutions that improve drilling efficiency, solids control and HSE around the drilling process, has announced two exclusive distribution partnerships with Calgary-based New Tech Solids Inc and Houston-based Stage 3 Separation.

The distribution agreements are to sell and support Cubility’s MudCube solution, a compact, vacuum-based solids control system, and will see a substantial fleet of MudCubes entering the North American land drilling market over the next few years in response to increased demand for improved drilling efficiencies, reduced waste and lower costs.

The MudCube is an enclosed filtration system that vacuums drilling fluids through a rotating filter belt using high airflow to separate the cuttings from the fluid, leading to as much as 80% more mud recovered than conventional solutions; better quality drilling fluid and improved drilling efficiencies; and a reduction in the volumes of drilling fluid lost and waste generated. 

The system has already been successfully deployed for Murphy Oil and Shell in Canada and multiple operators in both the Permian and Eagle Ford. Success has meant that many of these operators are also evaluating more extensive use of the MudCube system across multiple onshore basins.

Stage 3 Separation has more 250 employees servicing over 70 rigs in the greater Gulf Coast, the Permian basin, and Oklahoma, and more than 50 customers, including EOG, Conoco Philips, BP, Concho, Occidental and Cimarex. The company specializes in solids control equipment and services.

New Tech Solids Inc will be the sole Canadian distributor of the MudCube. The system’s conveyor dryer system alleviates operator concerns over moisture on solids, making it easier to dispose of cuttings under Drilling Waste Management Directive 50. The Directive, approved by the Alberta Energy Regulator in July 2016, sets out the requirements for the treatment and disposal of drilling waste generated in Alberta.

To date, MudCubes have been installed on North Sea, Middle East, Far East, South American and North American drilling sites both offshore and onshore. In 2016, Cubility partnered with EQT Corporation to prove the technology in U.S. onshore operations. EQT is a US-based company that has become one of the fastest growing natural gas producers in the Marcellus shale. 

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