A multitude of challenges exist when cementing production liners for deepwater operations. In many platform operations, cutting windows to sidetrack and drill highly deviated well paths to intersect reservoir targets result in difficulty obtaining adequate casing standoff due to tight inside diameter (ID) restrictions from previous casing architecture. Many of the zones near the target interval may have significant pressure depletion which can lead to expensive Synthetic Based Mud (SBM) losses and associated non-productive time (NPT). The size of the production liner is dependent on the wellbore architecture and completion plan. Thus in most cases, the borehole must be under-reamed in order to provide for adequate cement sheath thickness. In these cases, centralizer selection and placement can be challenging or all together impractical. Cementing in SBM environments has also been traditionally more challenging because special considerations for spacer/surfactant/mud design and testing are required to effectively displace the mud and "water-wet" the formation/casing for good quality cement-bonding. Technology improvements in spacer and surfactant package formulations provide a more qualitative method for optimum surfactant design to maximize mud removal and provide a bonding surface to the formation. Liner hanger selection may not always provide the capability for pipe rotation which has shown to be very effective for mud removal and increased circumferential cement coverage. Without pipe rotation, additional key techniques for successful cementation must be prioritized. A process driven decision matrix is presented along with a recent selection of successful production liners to support the design concept.

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