Hydraulic modeling and triple-combo lubricant package facilitated production casing run, saving the operator USD 25,000/wellDownload PDF
UTAH, UNITED STATES
Drilling lateral sections of up to 2 miles at an average of 35 hours per well
Two-pronged technical approach considering hydraulic and chemical factors in achieving well construction success:
An operator drilling lateral sections of up to 2 miles (3,219 meters) in Utah was averaging 35 hours per well to install production casing. Halliburton Baroid proactively approached this critical operational issue by optimizing the fluid system, customizing a lubricant application, and performing hydraulic trip speed modeling to improve overall efficiencies.
Concerned about the time it was taking to install production casing in lengthy lateral sections, the operator wanted to find a more efficient solution that would be simple to implement and reliable in execution. A primary objective was to minimize downtime during the casing operation, given the various risks and challenges of this particular formation.
Working with the regional North American team, Baroid conducted a thorough review of the existing well conditions. A two-pronged approach was taken to demonstrate to the customer that reducing their casing run times required more than the addition of a single lubricant. First, DFG hydraulic modeling software was used to estimate the cuttings load for the lateral section of the well. The effects of including a weighted sweep to improve hole cleaning in
this challenging section were clearly demonstrated. Next, Baroid recommended spotting a customized pill to address the challenges that were experienced in past offset wells:
This project exemplifies the benefit of applying engineered chemistry in conjunction with hydraulic modeling techniques. The combined approach of weighted sweep and customized lubricant treatment resulted in an average reduction of casing run time from 35 hours to
25 hours. At the operator’s planned spread rate, Baroid’s holistic fluid design delivered a savings of USD 25,000 per well for the life of the project. Additionally, Baroid’s strong technical methodology was noted by the operator, showing value in not only product recommendations, but also in hole cleaning modeling and pill design.
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