Trip Tank and Its Importance to Well Control

Trip tank is a small tank which has a capacity of 20 – 50 bbl and its shape is tall and shallow because it can effectively detect volume changes. The trip tank system has the ability to continuously fill the well and take return back to the tank. With this capability, it will keep the hole full all the time and the volume changes either increasing or decreasing can tell the condition of the well.


The diagram (Figure 1) below demonstrates how the trip tank is lined up.

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Figure 1 – Trip Tank Line Up To Continuously Fill The Hole

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What is a trip tank?

Trip Tank is a small metal tank with small capacity about 20-40 bbls with 1 bbl divisions inside and it is used to monitor the well. There are several operations that we can use the trip tank to monitor the well as follows;

1. Trip Out Of Hole (TOOH): While tripping out of hole, the trip tank is used to track volume of mud replacing volume of drill string. The volume of mud should be equal to displacement volume of any kind of tubular tripped out of hole.

2. Trip In Hole (TIH): While tripping in hole, the drilling string (bit, BHA and drill pipe) is ran back in the hole, the trip tank must be use to keep track volume gain. The expected volume gain should be equal to the displacement volume of whole string.

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3. Flow check: The trip tank is utilized to determine well condition in order to see if the well is still under static condition.

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