Losses while drilling are a serious concern to oilfield industry. Loss of expensive drilling fluid increases the overall cost of the well. Rig time spent curing the losses can represent significant cost overruns for the well. In extreme cases well control may become an issue.
The general practice to control losses starts from diagnosis of the cause. The common solutions to manage the loss circulation problem include drilling fluid treatments involving decreasing the density, controlling the viscosity and addition of lost circulation materials (LCM), controlling the drilling parameters, and placement of cement plugs.
This paper will discuss the treatment of drilling fluid with Advanced Engineered Fiber (AEF), the mechanism of action of AEF and its successful application as a solution for lost circulation in Pakistan.