The new Wärtsilä slop water treatment system has been ordered for an ultra-deep water drill ship 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 contract was signed in the end of 2013.
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. The environmentally favourable Wärtsilä system enables the amount of drill slop sent ashore to be reduced by as much as 80 to 90 per cent. With its compact design and modular concept, the Wärtsilä slop water treatment system is easy to retrofit to any rig.