Reliability - Well Integrity

The growing global appetite for energy brings the pursuit of hydrocarbon to ever deeper and more-difficult-to-access reserves; which in turn creates a demand for innovative, cost-effective and reliable technologies and processes.  Reliable performance in all facets of operations—particularly deep water—is pivotal to reducing downtime, improving efficiencies and optimizing production.  Reliability is a deepwater imperative. 

What is reliability?  It is the probability that a device or system or service will perform as intended under known conditions for a specified time.  For Halliburton Cementing, it comes down to consistently providing the expected results over and over. 

Halliburton strives to design reliability into oilfield technology, equipment and processes to minimize exposure and risk while helping operators maximize well performance. Reliability is a core value throughout the Halliburton Cementing organization—from engineering to manufacturing to operations:

  • Design and testing procedures implemented during product and solution development.
  • Process controls for continual verification and maintenance within tolerance levels.
  • Training for and continual evaluation of safe and efficient operating envelopes and procedures.

When operators factor reliability into the procurement assessment process for cementing services, the overall result can be economic improvement.  This is because wellbore integrity not only determines the life-cycle costs for service, maintenance and repair of that well, but also contributes to sustained production.

Halliburton has established five offshore training centers to support the personnel competency development programs of each of Halliburton’s deepwater locations around the world:

  • Reforma, Mexico
  • Batam, Indonesia
  • Macaé, Brazil
  • Houma, Louisiana
  • Duncan, Oklahoma

Training on the actual equipment helps reinforce skills for critical tasks and promote efficiency for achieving wellbore integrity in the operating environments accessible only by deepwater drill ships and semi-submersible rigs. The curriculum includes remote-operation training on the highly-technical equipment required for the challenges of the deepwater environment: Automatic Density Control® (ADC®); the Liquid Additive Automated Metering and Pumping unit;  the wirelessly operated Commander™ 1000 top-drive cement head; and the real-time, data-acquisition functionality of the iCem® service. 

Personnel Training

Personnel Training

Deep water and ultra-deep water represents unique safety and economic challenges that require specialized equipment and training.
Global Work Methods

Global Work Methods

Halliburton is committed to the safe delivery of products and services that meet or exceed industry standards and satisfy customers' business needs and quality specifications, on time, and at the agreed upon price.
Recommended Primary Cementing Practices

Recommended Primary Cementing Practices

Deepwater primary cementing jobs should be designed in iCem® service and WELLCat service.
Recommended Remedial Cementing Practices

Recommended Remedial Cementing Practices

Recommended Remedial Cementing Practices

Reliability Challenges

Cementing Reliability Challenges If Unaddressed
Predict complex interactions with a sensitivity analysis of a large number of variables (i.e. wellbore geometry; fluid flow; fluid interface; rheological hierarchy; ECDs; temperature variances; etc.)

Inadequate operations plans and/or insufficient zonal isolation—possibly resulting in additional challenges with the well.

Life-of-the-well cementing / long-term zonal isolation. Functionality of well architecture succumbs to stress fatigue, resulting in lost production and requiring remediation or well abandonment.
Operations equipment maintained and fully prepared for the demands of offshore operations. Non-productive time.

Purposefully strive to achieve efficiency improvements, optimized production, and zero downtime.

Higher costs and non-productive time.
Address bulk cement deliverability issues

Up to 40% of bulk cement materials left in bulk transportation tanks. 

Understanding that there is a need for a change from the agreed operations plan not covered in the specified contingency plans. Failing to identify and risk-assess the change could lead to insufficient zonal isolation—possibly resulting in additional challenges with the well.
Managing and communicating changes to the agreed operations plan. Failing to effectively manage and communicate the changes can result in misaligned activities and confusion possibly resulting in additional challenges with the well.

Solutions for Reliability

Surface Reliability

Liquid Additive Automated Metering
The Liquid Additive Automated Metering & Pumping unit has been designed for offshore rigs for use during cementing operations to accurately meter all types of liquid additives.
HCS AdvantageOne™ Cementing Skid
The HCS AdvantageOne™ skid system is the next generation of cementing and well-control pump performance for ultra-deep water.

Sub-Surface

Foam Wiper Balls Darts
The foam wiper ball and dart are designed to wipe drillpipe or tubing string clean of cement, fluids or debris and can be used to separate fluids.
SuperFill™ Auto-Fill Equipment
Halliburton offers auto-fill assemblies that allow wellbore fluids to enter the casing as it is being run into the wellbore. Surge reduction float shoes and float collars reduce the effective wellbore surge pressure to help operators avoid losing valuable drilling fluid and damaging the formation.
SSR-II™ Subsurface Release II Cementing Plug System
Used to remotely release cementing plugs at a selected subsurface depth.
Commander™ 1000 Top-Drive Cementing Head
Commander™ 1000 top-drive cementing head is designed for offshore operations to surface launch balls or darts in order to operate subsea plug sets and associated tools.

Cementing Software

iCem® Service
Runs various simulations according to specific wellbore architecture design data provided by the operator. Based on computational fluid dynamics and finite element analysis, the simulations help enable the evaluation and optimization of cement designs to specifically address the operational and long-term parameters of individual wells.

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The HCS AdvantageOne™ offshore cementing system is the next generation of cementing and well-control pumping system.
Summary Summary Rigless Micro-channel Remedation Using WellLock Resin
A customer in New South Wales, Australia had an onshore coal seam gas well that had undergone an unsatisfactory plug-to-abandon process by a third-party cementing services company. WellLock resin successfully sealed a very narrow micro-channel securing the well for permanent abandonment.
Summary Summary VersaFlex® Big Bore System
Designed specifically for deepwater and subsea markets, the VersaFlex® Big Bore system is ideal for complex well conditions. The VersaFlex Big Bore system does not require landing in a pre-determined profile, helping to eliminate complications common to positioning in mudline/casing wellhead profiles.
Summary Summary XtremeGrip™ Expandable Liner Hanger System
The Halliburton XtremeGrip™ expandable liner hanger system takes the standard VersaFlex liner hanger to the next level. This high-performance, advanced metal sealing technology provides a fully compliant metal seal with a fully bonded resilient elastomeric seal to account for imperfections in the parent casing.
Summary Summary Wellbore Cleaning Technology
Halliburton's CleanWell® system technology specializes in mechanical wellbore cleaning solutions designed to deliver value-driven results throughout the well construction process.
Summary Summary X-Trieve Retrievable Production Packers
This family of premium retrievable packer solutions is made up of the X-Trieve HC and X-Trieve HP designs, and represents the highest level of capability within the retrievable packer product line.
Summary Summary DepthStar® Tubing-Retrievable Safety Valve
The DepthStar® Tubing Retrievable Safety Valve (TRSV) is a revolutionary new concept in the realm of surface controlled subsurface safety valves.
Summary Summary WellLock® Resin
WellLock® resin can act as an annular barricade against water and gas leaks.
Summary Summary BridgeMaker™ LCM Spacer Fluid
An environmentally friendly blend designed to overcome lost circulation while preparing the wellbore to receive cement.
Summary Summary LockCem™ and LockSeal™ Cement Systems
LockCem™ cement represents a Portland cement and resin blend; LockSeal™ cement is the foam version of the slurry system.
Summary Summary Liquid Additive Automated Metering
The Liquid Additive Automated Metering & Pumping unit has been designed for offshore rigs for use during cementing operations to accurately meter all types of liquid additives.
Summary Summary Foam Wiper Balls Darts
The foam wiper ball and dart are designed to wipe drillpipe or tubing string clean of cement, fluids or debris and can be used to separate fluids.
Summary Summary iCem® Service
Runs various simulations according to specific wellbore architecture design data provided by the operator. Based on computational fluid dynamics and finite element analysis, the simulations help enable the evaluation and optimization of cement designs to specifically address the operational and long-term parameters of individual wells.
Summary Summary SuperFill™ Auto-Fill Equipment
Halliburton offers auto-fill assemblies that allow wellbore fluids to enter the casing as it is being run into the wellbore. Surge reduction float shoes and float collars reduce the effective wellbore surge pressure to help operators avoid losing valuable drilling fluid and damaging the formation.
Summary Summary ZoneSeal® Isolation Process
A fully engineered zonal isolation process with automated controls to deliver the benefits of light-weight (foam) cement during placement and for the life of the well.
Summary Summary SentinelCem™ Cement
Specifically designed to cure losses and enable further drilling by achieving early static gel strength; helps achieve zonal isolation by accomplishing intended top of cement.
Summary Summary Latex 3000™ Cement Additive
A liquid additive designed to lower equivalent circulating density (ECD) and to impart excellent fluid-loss control, high-temperature suspension properties, and acid resistance to cement slurries.
Summary Summary DeepFX™-L Additive
DeepFX-L additive: A single additive to provide fluid-loss control and shorten transition time to help address shallow water flow concerns.
Summary Summary HCS AdvantageOne™ Cementing Skid
The HCS AdvantageOne™ skid system is the next generation of cementing and well-control pump performance for ultra-deep water.
Summary Summary Reliability - Well Integrity
An imperative in the deep water arena, Halliburton views reliability as a critical attribute that is reinforced in every phase of delivery, from solution design to operational processes. Beyond maintenance and the theoretical probability of failure, reliability is the capacity for a procedure, component or system to function as specified (quality) under a stated condition for a specified period of time.
Summary Summary The Protech™ Centralizer Family of Products
Halliburton’s Protech™ centralizer family of casing attachments provide a unique solution to casing centralization that utilizes the latest resin, carbon fiber and ceramic technologies to apply wear resistant and/or flow enhancing centralizers, deflectors or protectors directly to customer tubulars.
Summary Summary SSR-II™ Subsurface Release II Cementing Plug System
Used to remotely release cementing plugs at a selected subsurface depth.
Summary Summary Commander™ 1000 Top-Drive Cementing Head
Commander™ 1000 top-drive cementing head is designed for offshore operations to surface launch balls or darts in order to operate subsea plug sets and associated tools.
Summary Summary CAST-M™
The CAST-M™ tool provides high resolution cement and casing evaluation images
Summary Summary Chemical-Program-Management
At Multi-Chem, our job is to protect your investments. To help us achieve this, we establish a service plan with our customers to continuously monitor and help improve all aspects of the chemical-application program
Summary Summary Flow-Assurance-Engineering
With the immense investments and logistics necessary to operate in deepwater, it is imperative to know that everything in and around your system is working at its peak performance.
Summary Summary N-SOLATE Packer Fluid Systems
High performance insulating packer fluids designed to reduce undesired heat flow by controlling both conduction and convection
Summary Summary BaraECD® High-Performance Non-Aqueous Fluid System
Halliburton’s BaraECD® High-Performance Non-Aqueous Fluid System has a rheological profile designed to provide low, controlled Equivalent Circulating Density in wells with extreme narrow pore pressure/fracture gradients, reducing the risk of drilling induced fractures.
Summary Summary Mechanical Integrity Testing
State and Federal agencies require scheduled Mechanical Integrity Tests (MIT) of wells used for the underground disposal of hazardous materials.
Summary Summary SPIDR® - Self Powered Intelligent Data Retriever
SPIDR® is an acronym for Self Powered Intelligent Data Retriever.
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