Fluids Environmental Services

Waste Management Services

Baker Hughes is focused on creating innovative, cost-effective solutions to address the oil and gas industry's environmental responsibilities. We offer products, equipment, and services that mitigate or eliminate the environmental impact of oil and gas exploration and production.

Our Fluids Environmental Services (FES) product line consists of four segments to address the complete oil and gas industry waste management cycle. These are solids control, cuttings reinjection and conveyance, cuttings processing, and liquids processing. Some of the environmental benefits include

  • reduced mud losses
  • reduced waste volume to be transported, therefore, reducing transportation fuel and greenhouse gas generation
  • reduced risk of spills and contamination during the drill cutting transport and disposal cycle
  • local disposal of cuttings with minimal environmental impact
  • ability to reinject into a disposal well with lower risk of subsurface contamination
  • lowered risk when transporting waste to a remote disposal site.

On June 23, 2010, Baker Hughes opened the Eco-Centre™ waste management facility in Peterhead, Scotland. The facility addresses the needs of the North Sea oil and gas industry. It offers the highest level of environmentally compliant waste processing services from the rigsite to final disposal.

For the first time, E&P companies have a full-service facility to treat all liquid and solid waste generated during drilling operations. In addition, the Eco-Centre facility includes remote monitoring capabilities. This gives companies online access to track their waste streams and ensure environmental reporting compliance.

The Eco-Centre facility—located north of Aberdeen—was developed with local engineering and consulting firms. These firms are the Aberdeenshire Council, the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency, and Scottish Water. Annually, the 30,000-ft2 (9144-m2) Eco-Centre facility can process in excess of 30,000 tonnes (33,000 tons) of drill cuttings. It can also process 14,000  m3 (3.7 million gallons) of liquid waste or slops. The facility segregates each company’s drill cuttings, creating a transparent and fully auditable trail. The drill cuttings are processed to reduce oil content to less than 0.5%, allowing for disposal in approved landfills. Liquid waste is treated to separate and remove all solids and hydrocarbons. This allows the remaining liquid to meet or exceed the strict regulatory standards for reuse or disposal.

The Eco-Centre facility also includes Baker Hughes’ FES Global Research and Development Center. It’s the primary R&D hub for emerging technologies designed to reduce the environmental impact of the oil and gas industry. Additionally, the center will research drilling and production operations requiring a technology step change to ensure the highest level of environmental stewardship.

Unlike other options in the industry, the Eco-Centre offers E&P companies 24/7 visibility of their waste streams throughout the process. Our Eco-Link™ online, remote monitoring software system was specifically designed for the Eco-Centre facility. In addition to  full tracking and auditing capabilities, the Eco-Link software lets customers generate reports at any point during processing. This means operators and regulatory agencies have a consolidated audit trail that readily demonstrates complete accounting of a company’s waste.

The concept behind the Eco-Centre facility is to recycle and reuse the generated waste streams. This reduces the overall carbon footprint of the facility and the operators it serves. Following processing, the “cleaned” solid materials are used in place of quarried aggregates to cap local landfill sites. Recovered oil is reused to fuel the processing mill at the Eco-Centre facility. Recovered water is used to cool and rehydrate recovered solids. To minimize use of local water resources, rainwater is captured and used for many purposes, including fire suppression.

The Eco-Centre facility is the first purpose-built plant of its kind for Baker Hughes. It serves as a model for other global Eco-Centre waste management facilities.