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Liquid Mud Plant (LMP)

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Liquid Mud Plant (LMP)

Liquid Mud Plant (LMP)

Liquid Mud Plant (LMP) is designed for the production, storage, delivery and receipt of synthetic oil-based mud (SBM) and brines. The functionality of the LMP also has the capability to receive contaminated fluids from supply vessels, perform cleaning of the fluids as well as reconditioning. Additionally, there is capability to perform barite recovery when required.


Global Facilities Engineering Group


The worldwide standard for excellence in the design, construction and commissioning of LMP.


In what inarguably is the industry’s most extensive infrastructure, M-I SWACO operates more than 100 Liquid Mud Plants (LMP) in 70 plus countries. And, it is an infrastructure we are expanding continuously to meet the ever-changing needs of our clients.  
Expansion of that magnitude demands consistency. Consistency in design, consistency in construction and consistency in maintenance and operation. That’s why we established the Global Facilities Engineering Group (GFEG) to provide mandatory procedures and specifications to ensure that all of our new build LMPs are constructed and operated with the highest level of quality our clients have come to expect.
Specifically, the GFEG was created to:


  • Establish engineering, design and equipment standards
  • Develop operational and maintenance procedures
  • Improve product delivery efficiency for our customers
  • Ensure QHSE compliance
  • Protect M-I SWACO assets


From concept to commissioning, the group assists local operations by providing a required standard for site selection, design, manufacture, equipment selection, installation, commissioning, maintenance and project management of our LMP projects.

Primary facility details


  • Main tank farm capacity – 4,000 m/3
  • Bulk plant capacity – 1,200 m/3
  • Warehouse space – 3,500 m/2
  • OBM & brines mixing in 24/7 mode
  • Backload OBM/brines processing
  • Chemicals & equipment supply
  • Load out station for bulk fluids delivery
  • Load out station for bulk products delivery
  • RoK certified laboratory for testing fluids


Main tank farm – 4,000 m/3 fluid storage plant

  • 40 x 100 m/3 fluid storage tanks dedicated for OBM, brine, base oil and water storage to provide reliable drilling operations support in 24/7 mode


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OBM & Brine Mixing Facility


  • 3 x 80 m/3 OBM mixing tanks and 40 m/3 brine mixing tank are located inside the 3,500 m/2 sheltered warehouse
  • Shearing unit to provide deeper fluid mixing


Mixing facility


  • OBM mixing rate:        80 m3/day (2.0 S.G.)
  • Brine mixing:               160 m3/day
  • Big bags cutting:                      10 BB/hr
  • Transfer to marine vessel:      150 m3/hr


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Fluid transferring


  • 8 x powerful centrifugal pumps provides facility with desired transfer rates and reliable safe factor to secure mixing & transfer operations


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Pump control room



Load out station



Bulk products transferring


  • 2 x cutting bottles with conjunction with air compressors provides rapid building of bulk stock available in 12 x 100 m/3 silos
  • Dust collection system provides collection of dust excess during any bulk transfer operation to prevent harm impact to the environment


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Warehouse – the 3,500 m/2 of dry storage


  • Various chemicals storage
  • Mixing facility
  • Bulk transfer unit
  • Backload OBM conditioning unit


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Drilling fluids testing laboratory


Laboratory is equipped with testing equipment as per:

  • ISO 10414-1 Recommended Practice for Standard Procedure for Field Testing Drilling Fluid – Water Based Fluids (API RP 13B-1)
  • ISO 10414-2 Recommended Practice for Standard Procedure for Field Testing Drilling Fluid – Oil Based Fluids (API RP 13-B2)
  • ISO 13503-3 Testing of Heavy Brine (API RP 13J)


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Office building


  • 300 m/2 office space c/w internet, landline, water supply. Workers and engineering personnel compartments and dedicated Client’s office


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