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Title:
EX-SITU SOLIDIFICATION SYSTEM
Document Type and Number:
WIPO Patent Application WO/2019/183022
Kind Code:
A1
Abstract:
An apparatus is disclosed which includes at least one feed line, a mixer including a first inlet configured to receive flow from the feed line and a second inlet configured to receive a flow from an external source, an outlet, at least one first conveyor to feed a first flow from the at least one feed hopper to the mixer, and at least one second conveyor to discharge a flow from the mixer via the outlet.

Inventors:
SHAMBLIN, Steven (5950 North Course Dr, Houston, Texas, 77072, US)
FOUT, Gary (14222 Meadow Estates Lane, Cypress, Texas, 77429, US)
JENSEN, Terrell (5950 North Course Dr, Houston, Texas, 77072, US)
Application Number:
US2019/022855
Publication Date:
September 26, 2019
Filing Date:
March 19, 2019
Export Citation:
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Assignee:
M-I L.L.C. (5950 North Course Drive, Houston, Texas, 77072, US)
International Classes:
E21B21/01
Foreign References:
US9109414B22015-08-18
RU2047728C11995-11-10
US9574413B12017-02-21
RU2145580C12000-02-20
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
SMITH, David J. (10001 Richmond Avenue, IP Administration Center of ExcellenceRoom 472, Houston Texas, 77042, US)
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Claims:
CLAIMS

What is claimed is:

1. A system comprising:

a tank module comprising a tank and a pump;

a solidification module comprising a mixer located a distance from the tank module, the solidification module configured to receive flow from the tank module and an external source; and

a flowline connecting the pump to the mixer.

2. The system of claim 1 wherein the tank module is located in situ relative to a drilling rig and the solidification module is located ex situ relative to a drilling rig.

3. The system of claim 2, wherein the tank comprises a downward sloped bottom.

4. The system of claim 1, wherein the tank module further comprises a valve assembly to control flow to the tank and the solidification module.

5. An apparatus comprising:

a feed line;

a mixer comprising a first inlet configured to receive flow from the feed line, a second inlet configured to receive a flow from an external source, and an outlet; a first conveyor to feed a first flow from the feed hopper to the mixer; and

a second conveyor to discharge a flow from the mixer via the outlet.

6. The apparatus of claim 5, further comprising a feed hopper connected to the feed line.

7. The apparatus of claim 5, further comprising a generator configured to power at least one of the mixer the first conveyor, and the second conveyor.

8. The apparatus of claim 5, wherein the apparatus is mounted on a trailer.

9. The apparatus of claim 5, further comprising a tank coupled to the outlet.

10. A method comprising:

discharging drill cuttings from a rig; pumping the drill cuttings to a mixer located a distance from the rig at a first rate; mixing the drill cuttings with an additive to produce solidified drill cuttings.

11. The method of claim 10, further comprising controlling a rate of the additive conveyed to the mixer.

12. The method of claim 10, further comprising controlling a weight ratio of the rate of the additive to the rate of drill cuttings conveyed to the mixer.

13. The method of claim 10, further comprising controlling the pumping of the drill cuttings with a valve assembly.

14. The method of claim 10, wherein the mixing comprises mixing 50 volume percent drill cuttings and 50 percent additive.

15. The method of claim 10, wherein the additive comprises twenty-five volume percent absorption stabilizer/solidifier,and twenty-five volume percent soil.

Description:
EX-SITU SOLIDIFICATION SYSTEM

BACKGROUND

[0001] This application claims priority from U.S. Provisional Application No.

62/645,597, filed March 20, 2018, herein incorporated by reference in its entirety.

[0002] Drilling locations are increasingly subject to environmental regulations that prohibit drill cuttings disposal on location or in rig-site pits and require companies to solidify or stabilize cuttings prior to haul-off for disposal. Drill cuttings are typically a combination of 50% liquid and 50% cuttings. Additional streams from the rig, such as waste collected from water hoses, spilled mud at connections, and general discharges may be added to the drill cuttings, which may further liquefy the drill cuttings, increasing the amount of agents needed to stabilize the mixture.

[0003] Current practices include in-situ mixing where the cuttings are stabilized prior to transportation off-site for disposal or secondary uses like road building, construction site fill, or location building for the next well. This in-situ processing occurs near the drilling rig, which may create an unsafe environment for workers on the rig. Regulations further require the solidified cuttings to be relatively free of heavy metals and toxins, and to have a pH less than 11.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF DRAWINGS

[0004] FIG. 1 is a schematic view of a processing system in accordance with the present disclosure.

[0005] FIG. 2a is a side view of a cuttings catch tank in accordance with the present disclosure.

[0006] FIG. 2b is a top view of a cuttings catch tank in accordance with the present disclosure.

[0007] FIG. 2c is an end view of a cuttings catch tank in accordance with the present disclosure. DETAILED DESCRIPTION

[0008] Embodiments of the present disclosure will now be described in detail with reference to the accompanying Figures. Like elements in the various figures may be denoted by like reference numerals for consistency. Further, in the following detailed description of embodiments of the present disclosure, numerous specific details are set forth in order to provide a more thorough understanding of the claimed subject matter. However, it will be apparent to one of ordinary skill in the art that the embodiments disclosed herein may be practiced without these specific details. In other instances, well-known features have not been described in detail to avoid unnecessarily complicating the description. Additionally, it will be apparent to one of ordinary skill in the art that the scale of the elements presented in the accompanying Figures may vary without departing from the scope of the present disclosure.

[0009] The present disclosure relates to a system for mixing drill cuttings with additives to solidify the drill cuttings at a location away from the drilling rig. More specifically, embodiments disclosed herein relate to a method of moving drill cuttings a distance from a drilling rig and mixing the drill cuttings with additives to solidify the drill cuttings at the distance from the drilling rig.

[0010] FIG. 1 shows a system 100 including a tank module 300 and a solidification module 200. The tank module 300 may be configured to collect drill cuttings from a separator 298 of a drilling rig and pump the drill cuttings a selected distance to the solidification module 200. The solidification module 200 may be configured to mix the drill cuttings with one or more additives, and thereby solidify the drill cuttings for transportation and/or disposal, in accordance with relevant regulations.

[0011] The tank module 300 may include a catch tank 252 and a pump 254. The tank module 300 may be located proximate a drilling rig or proximate a vibratory separator 298 of a drilling rig, such that the tank 252 may catch drill cuttings therefrom. Drill cuttings may be transferred from the vibratory separator 298 to the catch tank 252 by any means known in the art, such as pumping, pneumatic transference, or the use of a mechanical conveyor. In some embodiments, the catch tank 252 may be about thirty feet long, five feet wide, and eight feet high. In some embodiments, the dimensions and volume of the catch tank 252 may be selected based on the number and size of separators 298 at the drilling rig. In some embodiments, the catch tank 252 may hold up to 50 cubic yards of drill cuttings, up to 40 cubic yards, up to 30 cubic yards, or any lesser, greater or therebetween volume, such as approximately 33 cubic yards of drill cuttings. The drill cuttings may weigh between about 2,500 and 3,000 pounds per cubic yard. Therefore, the catch tank 252 may hold between about 40 and 50 tons of drill cuttings. One of ordinary skill in the art will be able to design the size and dimensions of the catch tank 252 based upon the drilling operation of the drilling rig.

[0012] The catch tank 252 may be coupled to an inlet of the pump 254. An outlet of the pump 254 may be fluidly coupled to the solidification module 200. In some embodiments, the outlet of the pump may be fluidly coupled to the solidification module 200 via a flowline 270. One of ordinary skill in the art will appreciate that the outlet of the pump may be connected to the solidification module 200 using any means known in the art, based on the flow rate of cuttings of the particular rig site, including the desired location of the tank module 300 and solidification module 200.

[0013] The pump 254 may pump drill cuttings out of the catch tank 252, through the flowline 270 to the solidification module 200. The solidification module 200 may be located on the drilling rig site at some distance from the tank module 300. In some embodiments, the solidification module 200 may be located between one hundred and one hundred fifty feet from the tank module 300. In some embodiments, the solidification module 200 may be located less than one hundred feet from the tank module. In some embodiments, the solidification module 200 may be located between one hundred and two hundred feet from the tank module 300. In some embodiments, the solidification module 200 may be located about one hundred fifty feet from the tank module 300. One skilled in the art may choose a location of the solidification module 200 relative to the tank module 300 based on the configuration of the rig site and to keep the solidification module 200 a safe distance from the tank module.

[0014] The tank module 300 may be located in situ relative to a drilling rig. In other words, the tank module 300 may be relatively close to the drilling rig. The solidification module 200 may be located at the rig site, but may be located ex situ relative to the drilling rig. In other words, the solidification module 200 may be located some distance from the drilling rig. This distance may allow access to the solidification module 200 to be restricted from personnel who have also access to the drilling rig. [0015] In some embodiments, the pump 254 may be capable of pumping the drill cuttings the distance between the catch tank 252 and the solidification module 200. The drill cuttings may be approximately 50% liquid and 50% solid. In some embodiments, the pump 254 may be capable of pumping mixtures including as little as 20% liquid. The pump 254 may be an eddy pump, a centrifugal pump, a positive displacement pump or any type of pump capable of moving drill cuttings having an amount of liquid therein over the distance between the tank module 300 and the solidification module 200. In some embodiments, the pump 254 should be resistant to corrosion.

[0016] As discussed above, the solidification module 200 may be located at a selected distance from the tank module 300. Therefore, the system 100 may require less equipment and personnel to be located in the immediate vicinity of the drilling rig than current practices of in situ solidification of drill cuttings. In some embodiments, the solidification module 200 may be located in an area designated as a restricted area. Thus, the configuration of system 100 may reduce the risk of injury to personnel or damage to the rig during solidification processes of drill cuttings.

[0017] As shown in FIG. 1, the solidification module 200 may include a mixer 102, at least one feed hopper 108, and a discharge auger 114. In some embodiments, the solidification module 200 includes at least one feed hopper 108 for providing additives to the drill cuttings to solidify and/or stabilize the drill cuttings. In the embodiment shown in FIG. 1, two feed hoppers 108 are included. One of ordinary skill in the art will appreciate that the number of feed hoppers 108 may be selected based upon the number, volume, and types of additives fed to the mixer to provide a product that meets current regulations. In some embodiments, a single feed hopper 108 may be used to feed multiple additives, the additives being mixed prior to being fed to the feed hopper. The size of the feed hoppers 108 may be selected such that minimal restocking of the contents occurs. In some embodiments, the contents of the feed hopper 108 may be a solid or a liquid.

[0018] The mixer 102 may be any mixer configured to mix solids and liquids to produce a product having a desired consistency. In some embodiments, the consistency of the mixer product is fluid like, such that the product can be discharged from the mixer. In some embodiments, the mixer 102 may be a pugmill or a dual auger mixer. The mixer 102 may include spinning paddles which may be adjustable to change the angle of the paddles and the rotational speed of the paddles based on the materials being mixed, the torque of mixing desired, or other considerations. In some embodiments, the mixer 102 may include a first inlet 104 at a first end of the mixer 102, a second inlet 106 at a second end of the mixer opposite the first end, and an outlet 112. In some embodiments, the outlet 112 may be located between the first inlet 104 and the second inlet 106. One of ordinary skill in the art will appreciation that the location of the first inlet 104, the second inlet 106 and the outlet 112 may vary depending upon, for example, the type of mixer, the feed rates to the mixer and the product to be discharged from the mixer.

[0019] The first inlet 104 of the mixer 102 may be configured to receive a flow of material from each of the feed hoppers 108. In some embodiments, each feed hopper 108 may have a first conveyor 110 which carries material from the feed hopper 108 to the first inlet 104 of the mixer 102. In some embodiments, both feed hoppers 108 may use a single first conveyor 110 to carry material from the feed hoppers 108 to the first inlet 104 of the mixer 102. In some embodiments, the first conveyors 110 may be variable frequency drive augers. The first conveyor 110 may be any equipment capable of moving the contents of the feed hoppers 108 to the first inlet 104. The first conveyors 110 may be designed based upon the contents of the feed hoppers 108, the mixing properties of the mixer 102 and the desired product to be discharged from the mixer 102. In some embodiments, the first conveyors 110 may have a capacity of 15 tons/hour.

[0020] The second inlet 106 of the mixer 102 may be configured to receive a flow of material from an external source. The external source may be the tank module 300. In some embodiments, the flowline 270 may be fluidly coupled to the second inlet 106 such that the second inlet 106 receives drill cuttings from the flowline 270. Additives introduced at the first inlet 104 are conveyed via the first conveyor 110 to the mixer where they are mixed with drill cuttings entering the second inlet 106 to produce solidified cuttings.

[0021] Solidified drill cuttings may exit the mixer 102 through the outlet 112. A discharge auger 114 may carry the solidified drill cuttings away from the outlet 112. In some embodiments, the discharge auger 114 may have a diameter of sixteen inches and a length of twelve feet. In some embodiments, the diameter of the discharge auger 114 may be between twelve and twenty inches, or between fourteen and eighteen inches. In some embodiments, the length of the discharge auger 114 may be between eight and sixteen feet, or between ten and fourteen feet. The configuration and dimensions of the discharge auger 114 may be selected based on, for example, the consistency or properties of the solidified drill cuttings, the flow rate of the solidified drill cuttings, and/or the distance over which the solidified drill cuttings are to be moved.

[0022] In some embodiments, the solidification module 200 may include a tank 120. The tank 120 may be fluidly coupled to the outlet 112 or to the second conveyor 114, such that the tank 120 may receive solidified drill cuttings flowing out of the outlet 112. The tank 120 may be any size and/or type of vessel capable of receiving and holding the solidified drill cuttings. In some embodiments, the tank 120 may be a three-sided tank. The tank 120 may be configured such that the solidified drill cuttings may be moved from the tank 120 to a dump truck or other vehicle. In some embodiments, the tank 120 may be transportable by a vehicle.

[0023] In some embodiments, the solidification module 200 may further include a generator 118 to provide power to the equipment of the solidification module. Specifically, the generator 118 may power one or more of the mixer 102, the first conveyors 110, and the discharge auger 114. The generator 118 allows the solidification module 200 to operate without an external power source, such as a rig. The generator 118 may generate a current of between one hundred and three hundred kilovolt amps, or between one hundred fifty and two hundred fifty kilovolt amps. In some embodiments, the generator 118 may generate a current of two hundred kilovolt amps. In other embodiments, the power to the mixer 102, the first conveyors 110, and the discharge auger 114 may be supplied by the rig power supply or another external source.

[0024] The mixer 102, the feed hoppers 108, the first conveyors 110, the second conveyor 114, and the generator 118 may be mounted on a trailer 116 or other portable frame, as shown in FIG. 1. In some embodiments, the trailer 116 may be a low profile trailer. The trailer 116 may have a length between thirty and sixty feet, or a length between forty and fifty feet. The trailer 116 may have a length of forty -five feet. The trailer 116 may include outriggers to support the weight of the equipment disposed on it. The mixer 102, the feed hoppers 108, the first conveyors 110, the discharge auger 114, and the generator 118 may be permanently or removably attached to the trailer 116. One having ordinary skill in the art may arrange and attach the components on the trailer 116 in any desired configuration, informed by the size of the components and the rig location of the solidification module 200. The solidification module 200, including the trailer 116, may be transported between rig sites without dismantling components from the trailer 116 or disconnecting components from each other. In this manner, the solidification module 200 may require less time to be set up at a rig site or removed from a rig site than currently used equipment. In some embodiments, the solidification module 200 may be able to be set up in less than three hours, less than two hours, or less than one hour. The solidification module 200 may be able to be set up in about one hour and removed from a rig site in about one hour.

[0025] FIGs. 2a-2c show a tank module 300 in more detail, illustrating a side view, a top view, and an end view, respectively. The catch tank 252 may have a first end 256 and a second end 258 opposite the first end. The pump 254 may be located proximate the second end 258 of the catch tank 252. The inlet of the pump 254 may be fluidly coupled to the second end 258, proximate a bottom surface 272 of the catch tank 252. In some embodiments, the pump 254 may be located on a pump porch 260 which extends from the second end 258 of the catch tank 252. The pump 254 may be located on the pump porch 260 and may be shielded by a protective guard (not shown). In some embodiments, the pump 254 may be located in any configuration relative to the catch tank 252 and may be coupled to any portion of the catch tank 252. In some embodiments, redundant pumps may be located in the tank module.

[0026] The bottom surface 272 of the catch tank 252 may be sloped. The bottom surface

272 may slope downwards from the first end 256 to the second end 258 of the catch tank 252. For example, the bottom surface 272 may be about one foot higher at the first end 256 of the tank 352 than at the second end 258. In some embodiments, the bottom surface may have a slope (height over length) between 0.01 and 0.1, or between 0.02 and 0.05. The bottom surface may have a slope of about 0.03. The sloped bottom surface 272 may promote the flow of drill cuttings toward the inlet of the pump 254. In some embodiments, the bottom surface 272 may have any slope angle. The configuration of the tank 252, including the bottom surface 272, may be selected based on a desired flow of the drill cuttings and properties of the drill cuttings. The tank 252 may include split jets (not shown) proximate the first end 256 to move drill cuttings towards the second end 258. One of ordinary skill in the art may design the catch tank 252 to include means to promote a desired movement of the drill cuttings.

[0027] Connecting the pump 254 and the mixer 202 of the solidification unit 200 is a flowline 270. The pump 254 pumps drill cuttings from the catch tank 252 into the flowline 270. In some embodiments, a recirculation flowline 264 may fluidly couple the flowline 270 to an opening in the first end 256 of the catch tank 252. In some embodiments, the recirculation flowline 264 may be connected to any location on the catch tank 252, such that the drill cuttings remain in solution and do not settle in the catch tank 252. A valve assembly 268 may be disposed proximate a junction of the flowline 270 and the recirculation flowline 264. The valve assembly 268 may control a rate at which drill cuttings flow through the flowline 270 and the recirculation flowline 264. The pump 254 pumps drill cuttings into the flowline 270 to the valve assembly 268 which diverts the drill cuttings to either the solidification module 200 or the catch tank 252 through the recirculation line 264. The valve assembly 368 may be a remote controlled valve or may be operable at the tank module 300 or the solidification module 200, or from any other desired location.

[0028] During use of the system 100, an operator may control the rates at which drill cuttings and additives flow into the mixer 102. The flow rate of the drill cuttings may be controlled through the operation of the valve assembly 268 of the recirculation line. The flow rate of the drill cuttings may be controlled by any means known in the art. The flow rate of the additives may be controlled by controlling the rotational speed of the first conveyors 110, which may be variable frequency drive augers. If more than one first conveyor 110 is used, the first conveyors 110 may be controlled to rotate at the same speed or at different speeds. Any means known in the art may be used to control the flow rate of the additives.

[0029] The flow rates of the drill cuttings and the additives may be controlled such that a desired ratio of drill cuttings to additives is added to the mixer 102 to produce a desired product. If more than one additive is being added to the mixer, the flow rates of the additives may be controlled such that the additives are added to the mixer at a desired ratio to each other. The ratios may be volume ratios, weight ratios, or any other ratio known in the art. The valve assembly 268 may be operated based on the operation of the first conveyors 110 and the second conveyor 114. The valve assembly 268, the first conveyors 110 and the second conveyor 114 may be controlled manually or automatically. The operation of the valve assembly 268, the first conveyors 110 and the second conveyor 114 may be controlled based on properties of the drill cuttings, properties of the additives, desired properties of the solidified drill cuttings, or any other factors.

[0030] Additives may be any material capable of solidifying the drill cuttings when mixed. Examples of additives include soil and blends of ground absorbent materials. The ground absorbent materials may include calcium based products such as quick lime, fly ash, gypsum, and cement kiln dust. The mix may be relatively free of heavy metals and toxins and have a pH less than 11. In some embodiments, native soil and Zorbix - an absorbent mix containing gypsum, quick lime, and other materials - may be used as additives. (Zorbix is available from Diversified Minerals, Inc.)

[0031] Test runs were performed of systems and methods consistent with embodiments disclosed herein. Zorbix and a system consistent with that shown and described with respect to FIG. 1 was used to determine consistencies of the solidified drill cuttings produced by a variety of additive ratios.

[0032] EXAMPLE 1

[0033] A mixture made of 50% drill cuttings, 25% soil, and 25% Zorbix, by volume was produced. The mixture was observed to be dry and crumbly and did not contain free liquid. The mixture has a pH of 10, which is in accordance with present regulations.

[0034] EXAMPLE 2

[0035] A mixture made of 70% drill cuttings, 15% soil, and 15% Zorbix, by volume was produced. The mixture was observed to be wet, but thick enough to not pass through a standard paint filter. The mixture was observed to dry further with time.

[0036] EXAMPLE 3

[0037] A mixture was made up of 60% drill cuttings, 20% soil, and 20% Zorbix, by volume was produced. The mixture was observed to be wet, but thick enough to not pass through a standard paint filter. The mixture was observed to dry further with time. [0038] Based on the ratios of EXAMPLE 1, processing rates of system 100 were estimated. Based on the catch tank 252 holding approximately 160 bbls (33 cubic yards) and the cuttings weighing about 13.7 ppg (575 ppb or 2762 pounds per cubic yard), each tank will have approximately 91,146 pounds of cuttings per tank to be blended with soil and reagent. Soil may weigh 21.6 ppg (906 ppb or 4351 pounds per cubic yard), thus 71,791 pounds of soil will be added to the tank. Zorbix may weigh 18.2 ppg (767 ppb or 3,681 pounds per cubic yard) will be added to the tank. In summary, the amount of products to be mixed include 36 tons of soil, 30 tons of Zorbix and 45.5 tons of drill cutings, the mixture having a volume ratio of 50% drill cutings, 25% soil, and 25% Zorbix. With the mixer 202 having a capacity of 30 tons/hour, it may take 3.7 to 4 hours to process one catch tank 252 of drill cutings.

[0039] During use of the system 100, the drill cutings may be sent the catch tank 252 from the separators 298. Zorbix may be stored in the first feed hopper 108 and soil may be stored in a second feed hopper 108. The valve assembly 268 of the recirculation line 264 may control the flow rate of the drill cutings into the mixer 102, and the first conveyors 110 may control the flow of the Zorbix and the soil into the mixer 102. The valve assembly 268 and the first conveyors 110 may be controlled such that the mixer 102 includes 50% drill cuttings, 25% Zorbix, and 25% soil at any given time.

[0040] The components of the drill cuttings processing module disclosed herein may be preinstalled on a trailer. Therefore, the module may be easily moved from one rig site to another. Processing drill cutings with the module may reduce installation time and demobilization time, and thereby reduce the cost of processing drill cutings. Being able to readily move the module from one rig site to another may reduce non productive time for the equipment. The module may be self-powered through a generator. Therefore, the module does not require power from a rig site.

[0041] The system disclosed herein may be capable of moving drill cutings a distance away from a rig before processing them. This may reduce the amount of personnel and equipment in the area around the rig, and thereby reduce the risk of injury to personnel and damage to equipment. The system includes a recirculation loop which may prevent drill cutings from settling before they are processed. This may improve the ease with which drill cuttings may be moved and prevent downtime caused by pump clogging or other equipment failures. The catch tank may allow cutting treatments to be scheduled and may minimize the personnel necessary for processing drilling cuttings.

[0042] The module, method, and system disclosed herein may provide for variable speed control of the flow rates of drill cuttings and additives and the speed of the paddles in the pump. Therefore, a ratio of drill cuttings and additives may be able to be mixed at a desired speed. This may allow for flexibility of processing different types of drill cuttings or making modifications based on other considerations.

[0043] In one aspect, the present disclosure relates to an apparatus including at least one feed line, a mixer including a first inlet configured to receive flow from the feed line and a second inlet configured to receive a flow from an external source, an outlet, at least one first conveyor to feed a first flow from the at least one feed hopper to the mixer, and at least one second conveyor to discharge a flow from the mixer via the outlet. In some embodiments, the apparatus may include at least one feed hopper connected to the at least one feed line. In some embodiments, the apparatus may include a generator configured to power at least one of the mixer the at least one first conveyor, and the at least one second conveyor. In some embodiments, the apparatus may be mounted on a trailer. In some embodiments, the mixer may be a pugmill. In some embodiments, the at least one first conveyor and/or the at least one second conveyor may be an auger.

[0044] In another aspect, the present disclosure relates to a system including a tank module including a catch tank and a pump, a solidification module including a mixer; and a flowline connecting the pump to the mixer. In some embodiments, the tank module may be located in situ relative to a drilling rig and the solidification module may be located ex situ relative to a drilling rig. In some embodiments, the catch tank may include a downward sloped bottom from a first end to a second end. In some embodiments, the pump may be an eddy pump. In some embodiments, the tank module may include a recirculation flowline connecting a flowline to the catch tank, and a valve assembly to control flow through a junction of the recirculation flowline and the flowline. In some embodiments, the mixer may include a first inlet configured to receive flow from a feed line and a second inlet configured to receive a flow from an external source and, an outlet. The solidification module may include the at least one feed line, at least one first conveyor to feed a first flow from the at least one feed hopper to the mixer, and at least one second conveyor to discharge a flow from the mixer via the outlet.

[0045] In another aspect, the present disclosure relates to a method including discharging drill cuttings from a rig, pumping the drill cuttings to a mixer located a distance from the rig at a first rate, and mixing the drill cuttings with a first additive and a second additive to produce solidified drill cuttings. In some embodiments, the method may include controlling a rate of the first additive and a rate of the second additive which are conveyed to the mixer. In some embodiments, the method may include controlling a weight ratio of the rate of the first additive to the first rate of drill cuttings conveyed to the mixer, or controlling a weight ratio of the rate of the second additive to the first rate of drill cuttings conveyed to the mixer. In some embodiments, the method may include controlling the pumping of the drill cuttings with a valve assembly. In some embodiments, the method may include mixing 50 volume percent drill cuttings with twenty-five volume percent first additive, and twenty-five volume percent second additive. The first additive may be Zorbix and the second additive may be soil.

[0046] While the disclosure includes a limited number of embodiments, those skilled in the art, having benefit of this disclosure, will appreciate that other embodiments may be devised which do not depart from the scope of the present disclosure. Accordingly, the scope should be limited only by the attached claims.