This article, written by JPT Technology Editor Judy Feder, contains highlights of paper SPE 197123, “Technologies and Practices to Push the Extended-Reach-Drilling Envelope Within Existing Constraints,” by Phalgun Paila, SPE, Baker Hughes; Rudra Pratap Singh, ADNOC; and Kashif Abid, SPE, Baker Hughes, prepared for the 2019 Abu Dhabi International Petroleum Exhibition and Conference, Abu Dhabi, 11-14 November. The paper has not been peer reviewed.
Optimizing resources and pushing drilling limits to tap into deeper reservoirs at minimal cost is a primary objective of operators worldwide. The complete paper describes an offshore artificial island project northwest of Abu Dhabi in which drilling limits were extended continually by adopting new technologies and practices in an extended-reach-drilling (ERD) campaign. The project drilled longer wells at lower cost. The approach has resulted in drilling and completion of wells comfortably within the equipment-rating envelope and is considered a benchmark for nearby fields in the region.