first_imgzoom The new Wärtsilä slop water treatment system has been ordered for an ultra-deep water drillship operating in the Gulf of Mexico.The order is the first for the new system, which enhances Wärtsilä’s position as the marine industry’s leading provider of innovative products, solutions and services.The Wärtsilä slop water treatment system is designed to treat and clean water contaminated with slop or drilling mud. For operators, large volumes of slop mud result in enormous disposal expenses and represent a potentially significant environmental issue.“Wärtsilä has vast experience in the treatment of oil, water and discharge waste for offshore platforms, production vessels, and other maritime vessels with systems that meet all existing and anticipated standards. By being able to provide high performance solutions that safely reduce the need for drill slop to be sent ashore, we are promoting environmental sustainability as well as lowering our customers’ operating costs,” says Juha Kytölä, Vice President Environmental Solutions, Wärtsilä Ship Power.The drillship for which this first installation is intended, is capable of drilling wells at water depths of up to 10,000 ft (3100 m). It has a drill water capacity of 2178 m3, which provides an indication of the amount of slop water that will be handled by the Wärtsilä slop water treatment system.Wärtsilä Slop Water Treatment systemThe system’s processing principles are based on a combination of chemical treatment and dissolved air flotation. The chemicals flocculate and bind together particles, making them easier to separate, which then allows flotation by dissolved air to separate both particles and oil from the water.The result is clear water, free of particles and oil, and acceptable for discharging into the environment or for reuse on the rig. The discharge is monitored by an in-line, oil-in-water content meter that ensures that the oil in the water is below the required limits before the water is pumped overboard.Wärtsilä has a complete innovative offering for waste water treatment in the oil and gas and maritime industries. It includes oily water separators for controlling bilge media and discharge, Membrane BioReactor Systems to treat grey and black water, seawater desalination plants to produce fresh, drinkable water, sewage treatment plants, and vacuum collection systems.Wärtsilä, February 21, 2014last_img read more

The Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) is to get tough on some of its members who have come forward to contest the provincial council elections despite having a bad track record behind them.SLFP General Secretary Maithripala Sirisena said that the party central committee will meet today (Friday) to decide on the future of some members. Sirisena said that the decision to be taken today on such members will have a long term impact on their future. Former North Western Provincial Council member Ananda Sarath Kumara, who forced a school teacher to kneel for taking disciplinary action against his daughter, is among those who submitted applications to contest the elections. (Colombo Gazette) He said that among them are SLFP members who have been accused of being involved in criminal or violent incidents. read more