Rig Equipment

Definition - What does Rig Equipment mean?

Rig Equipment is the devices or tools installed on a rig to perform various functions in the process of extraction and production of oil and gas. The type and functions of the equipment depend on the size and type of the rigs. Drilling rigs are of three sizes: the singles, the doubles and the triples. These categories state the length of the pipes that can stand in the derrick of the rig. Single holds one length pipes, double holds two and the triple holds three.

Petropedia explains Rig Equipment

There are several types of equipment used in the rig. They include:

  • Centrifuge - A Centrifuge is a device that is used to separate sand from fine silt and drilling fluids.
  • Chain Tongs - These are the wrenches that have a section of chain which wraps around anything that is loosened or tightened.
  • Solids Control - The equipment used for preparing drilling fluids for the drilling rig.
  • Desander & Desilter- These are devices that have hydrocyclones used to separate silt and sand from the drilling fluid.
  • Degasser- A Device used to separate gas and air from the drilling fluid.
  • Drawworks - Drawworks contains spool that reel in or out the drill line and lowers or raises the traveling block.
  • Drill pipes- These are the joints of hollow tubing that connects the surface equipment and the bottom hole assembly.
  • Drill Bit - This is the equipment used to break the rock being drilled.
  • Elevators - These are gripping tools that latch onto the casing or drill pipe to carry out the lifting or lowering out or into the wellbore.
  • Mud Pumps - These are reciprocal pumps that circulate drilling fluids throughout the system.
  • Mud Motor - This is a hydraulic-powered device that spins the bit separately from rest of the drill string.
  • Mud Tanks - These are the reserve stores for drilling fluid till it is taken down to the wellbore.
  • Shale Shaker - This is a device used to separate drill cuttings from the drilling fluid before pumping it back to the wellbore.
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