Energy saving potential in diesel electric drilling rig
The life of oil stock in India with the present rate of consumption is not more than 21 years. The life of natural gas stock is predicted to be 38 years. India though a developing country, its consumption per dollar of GDP is as high as 0.77 kg of oil equivalent compare to developed country like Japan's 0.1 kg of oil equivalent. This indicates that there is a huge potential for conservation by efficient usage of all forms of energy including petroleum products. With this point in mind, a comprehensive energy audit of a diesel electric (ACSCR) drilling rig was undertaken. The paper presents a few of attractive energy options: optimum loading of DG sets, load management of transformers, replacement of over-sized motors by appropriately sized ones, replacement of V-belts by modern flat belts, plugging of compressed air leakage and use of time switches.
Energy is a critical input for the growth of national economy. The energy need in India have grown exponentially due to explosion in population coupled with high rate of industrial growth. Even with huge investment, it does not appear that shortage of power & oil will be met by the planned increase in production. Hence, to meet the growing demand of energy in our country, it is essential to adopt low cost option of increasing the end use efficiency of energy resources for the same level of production. With this point in mind, a comprehensive energy audit of a diesel electric (ACSCR) drilling rig was undertaken with the following objectives.
To carry out a detailed performance evaluation of various equipment with a view to identify thrust areas for energy conservation
To quantify the extent of energy savings/performance improvement that can be achieved based on analysis of the measurements to be carried out/data to be collected
To recommend various technically sound and economically viable measures to improve the end-use energy efficiency
The recommended improvements ranged from low-cost maintenance (housekeeping) items to long term measures. Table 1 shows that total savings of Rs.5 lacs can be achieved in drilling one well by investing Rs. 1.7 lacs in such measures. The investment would provide a total estimated energy savings of 39.6 MWh in electrical energy and 36.8 KL of High-speed diesel (HSD).
Table 1: Summary of potential energy savings
Savings for 3000 hrs
Total annual saving (Rs.)
Simple Payback period (Years)
Optimum loading of DG sets
Load management of transformers
Replacement of oversized motors
Immediate (swapping of motors)
Replacement of V-belt by flat belts
Plugging the compressed air leakage
Use of timer switches
Use of slim tube lights
Drilling rig looks like a 40 to 50 meters high electric transmission tower consisting of rotary system, draw works, engines, mud pumps etc. It produces a vertical hole to create a communication channel for products like crude oil and associated gas to be made available on the surface. The hole is drilled by piercing the rock with the help of the cutting bit attached to hollow drill pipe driven by (electric motor) engine power. The process of drilling for hydrocarbons requires the circulation of mud slurry between the drilling rig and well which lubricate and cool the drill bit, plug' the well and return rock chips (cuttings) to the rig. These cuttings are then separated from the mud through de-sanders and de-silters.
Drilling has to be suspended at different depths to change bit if worn out, lower casing pipes or perform special operations like corning,...
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