Managing, processing and correctly disposing of drill-cuttings that have been contaminated with Oil/Synthetic-Based Drilling Fluids is an integral part of drilling most wells in the North Sea and beyond. While recent advances in offshore treatment capabilities have made approach more reliable in recent times, shipping the waste to specialised onshore facilities remains the preferred choice in many areas. As such, the nature of these treatment centres can have a substantial effect on the overall environmental footprint inherent in drilling a well, as well as the perception of the industry to the public living near such facilities. This paper discusses the process of designing and building a modern, fit-for-purpose and completely compliant waste processing facility in Peterhead, near Aberdeen, UK. While a hammer-mill is at the heart of this process, this paper focusses on the facility housing the hammer-mill rather than the thermal desorption process itself. Key areas of discussion include: initial site selection; external area considerations such as drainage, rainwater re-use and skip storage; internal area features to minimise noise and smell; overall HSE goals and processes including re-use of recovered base oil and disposal options for solid and water waste streams. Furthermore, key lessons learnt and potential future improvements, changes and expansion are touched on.

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