Abstract

MPD enables drillers to navigate through narrow drilling windows to reach designed target depths. After a hole section is drilled, pressure management is still required to pull drill strings out and run and cement liners. Conventional cementing programs and procedures may not be practical for a challenging hole section that has been drilled by MPD. Elaborate wellbore pressure management is required to ensure safe and efficient cementing operations. The same closed loop circulation system utilized for drilling is used to manage the wellbore pressure during cement operations. The technique of pressure management during liner cement jobs was utilized repeatedly by a major client in one of the most challenging HPHT campaigns in the North Sea. This paper provides an insight into the technique as well as information on the procedures, challenges and lessons learned pertinent to these operations. Various cases studies describing the setup, planning and execution of operations, simulation vs measured data will be compared.

Drilling wells in complex environments with century-old technology is difficult at best and unsafe at worst. From drilling through narrow pore-pressure/fracture-pressure gradient windows to mitigating kicks and differential sticking, managed pressure drilling (MPD) succeeds when conventional techniques are likely to fail. MPD entails the use of specialized equipment to control wellbore pressure profiles more precisely than is possible with conventional drilling methods. MPD enables drillers to navigate through narrow drilling windows to reach designed target depths. After a hole section is drilled, pressure management is still required to pull drill strings out and run and cement liners. Conventional cementing programs and procedures may not be practical for a challenging hole section that has been drilled by MPD. Elaborate wellbore pressure management is required to ensure safe and efficient cementing operations. The same closed loop circulation system utilized for drilling is used to manage the wellbore pressure during cement operations. A case study describing the setup, planning and execution of operations, and simulation is presented in this paper.

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