This paper presents a case example to illustrate how a consistent geomechanical approach and coherent data integration are used to provide the basis for the evaluation of formation mechanical properties, characterization of in-situ stresses, identification of wellbore failure mechanisms, and calibration of a wellbore stability model. The calibrated model is then used in conjunction with the proposed build-and-hold and catenary well profiles to generate the mud weight windows for an ERD well. To provide further insight into the wellbore stability with respect to wellbore trajectories and in-situ stresses, contour plots of mud weights are generated for a critical depth interval. These contour plots delineate potential instability areas and are critical for predrilled well trajectory designs. Additionally, an innovative approach to establish the lower limit of mud weight for wells that cannot be drilled without failure zones (breakouts) forming around the wellbore is presented. This approach enables difficult wells to be drilled, with the lower mud weight reducing the risk of formation damage and increasing the rate of penetration.

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