Albeit refined to an easily handled liquid or oil, the operation of extracting the resource from drilling wells both on and off shore and undertaking the process of refining its elements incorporates a multitude of activities that has to consider critical issues such as the environment, safety, quality and off course the commercial reward. Like so many resources society depends upon today, the oil industry continually has to defend its actions despite the demand from its detractors. However, with continued investment in technologies to ensure cleaner, safer and more efficient operations, then keeping abreast with the implementation of best engineering practices bodes well for the industry.

During the separation phase of the extraction, equipment used to handle and recycle drilling mud from cuttings suffers from extreme abrasion due to the volumes handled and velocities conveyed. This equipment is critical to the process of continuing operation; therefore it is imperative that the equipment is both robust and protected to ensure continual operation. Utilising our range of both metallic and ceramic materials we have improved efficiency by protecting the conveying or moving parts that suffer from extreme abrasion, thus reducing the costs for replacement and downtime.

Within the refinery, the stages of separation, conversion and treatment consist of a multitude of activities and through each stage, the effects of those operations has on equipment used to pump, separate and process the oil takes its toll. With stresses such as mechanical, thermal and friction ever present, the attrition rate of the process is subjected to, has to be capable to withstand the most rigorous test and performance criteria in order to comply with the industries code of practice, ensuring both operator and environmental safety. Encompassing a system within these valuable assets can enhance the productivity and its service life leading to a significant return on investment when a cost versus payback formula is applied.