Suretank, the world's leading provider of engineered solutions to the offshore oil and gas industry, has launched the world's first heated mud container.

Used for the transport and disposal of drill cuttings in the offshore oil and gas industry, the new container was developed in partnership with Norwegian company Onsite Treatment Technologies (OTT).  

The heated mud container has all the standard features of an offshore mud skip and is fully certified to DNV 2.7-1 and EN 12079.

Donal Duggan, Group R&D Manager at Suretank, explained: "This is an extremely exciting development for us as it's the first of its kind and comes in response to an increasingly common problem as exploration moves to harsher environments.  While operating in colder climates, the contents of the mud skips often become frozen and are rendered redundant for long periods of time. The heated mud container prevents this through a network of channels which allow heat to be input to the cargo, thereby thawing the contents sufficiently to empty the container."

"There is nothing like this currently available and we're seeing a lot of interest in the product from countries such as Canada, Russia and Norway", Donal continued.

OTT is a complete supplier of high pressure pumping equipment for offshore well intervention and well pumping operations. Commenting on the development Tore Rygh, Managing Director, from OTT said: "We have worked closely with Suretank throughout the development from concept to completion and we are delighted with the finished product.  It's a fantastic example of the type of engineered solutions offered by Suretank to practical problems."

Suretank is the world’s largest manufacturer of tanks and cargo-carrying units for the offshore oil and gas industry and all of its products are produced to DNV 2.7-1 certification as standard.

Suretank products are found worldwide, including the North Sea, West Africa, Gulf of Mexico, Brazil, Canada, Caspian, Sakhalin, India, Australia, Middle East and the Far East. Its product range includes chemical and acid tanks, helifuel tanks, offshore containers, baskets, mudskips and cryogenic tanks.