Jul 29

Gas buster also called poor boy degasser or mud gas separator, which is used for oil and gas drilling. The description on oilfield glossary is “A simple separator vessel used to remove free or entrained gas from fluids circulated in the wellbore, such as mud used during drilling operations. The gas buster typically comprises a vessel containing a series of baffles with a liquid exit on the bottom and a gas-vent line at the top of the vessel”.

gus buster

gus buster

Gas Buster

is an important equipment to prevent well kick during drilling, so the production process should be strictly controlled. The process control including the following aspects:

1 Surface preparation


Before all paint actions will be taken the surface to be coated must be clean and free from contamination. Sharp edges shall be rounded or smoothed to radius 2 mm. Hard surface layers shall be removed by grinding before blasting. All welds shall be fully sealed.

Abrasive Blast Cleaning:

As abrasive steel grit or copper slag can be used. If oxidation has occurred between blasting and application of paint, the surface should be reblasted to the specified visual standard.

Surface defects revealed by the blast cleaning process, should be ground, filled, or treated in the appropriate manner.

2 Painting

Intershield 300 aluminium GTA 220

Intershield 300 bronze GTA 220

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Jan 14

The mud gas separator is used in a ‘kick’ situation to separate large volumes of free gas invaded in the drilling fluid.

 Function of Mud gas separator

 Mud gas separator also called poor boy degasser, Gus buster, which is designed to provide effective separation of the drilling mud and invaded gas from the well by venting the gas and returning the mud to the mud pits. Small amounts of entrained gas can then be handles by a

liquid gas separator

liquid gas separator

vacuum-type degasser located in the mud pits. The mud/gas separator controls gas cutting during kick situations, during drilling with significant drilled gas in the mud returns, or when trip gas is circulated up.

 Mud leg height is an important parameter for the mud gas separator, you need to clear it during evaluation.

 What is Mud leg?

The mud leg in the separator is controlled by adjusting the fluid level in the mud tank or by moving the separat6or up or down within the tank. Mud tank height can restrict the maximum mud leg obtainable for open-bottom mud gas separator.

 Mud leg is an important part for mud gas separator, it is also called Fluid level. Fluids level is maintained in a float mud gas separator by a float/valve configuration. The float opens and closed a valve on the mud return line to maintain the mud leg level. Valves can be operated by manual linkage system connected from the float to the valve, or the valve can be air-operated with the rig air. Mud leg height can be controlled by adjusting the float assembly.

 There are some inherent problems in the use of float-type mud gas separators. The manual linkage separator has experienced problems with linkage failure resulting in improper opening or closing of the mud return line valve. Air-operated valves fail to function if rig air is lost, resulting in no control of fluid level within the separator. Mud-return-line valves are prone to plug with solids, preventing mud flow back to the mud pits.

 Gas Flow calculation is another important issue to evaluate the mud gas separator.  

Usually we need to calculate the following items.

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