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Mud Pits

Mud PitsA series of open tanks, usually made of steel plates, through which the drilling mud is cycled to allow sand and sediments to settle out. Additives are mixed with the mud in the pit, and the fluid is temporarily stored there before being pumped back into the well. Mud pit compartments are also called shaker pits, settling pits, and suction pits, depending on their main purpose.*



*This is an abridged version of the Dictionary of Petroleum Terms used with permission from PETEX®, The University of Texas, at Austin. All rights reserved © PETEX 2001.