In recent years, slot recovery to drill more wells in brownfields has posed different challenges due to extensive and time consuming Plug and abandonment (P&A) and casing cut and pull operations [SPE 173954].

In 2013, For the first time on Statfjord Field, a ruggedized point the bit rotary steerable system (RSS) and Gyro while drilling (GWD) were used to sidetrack off cement plug in 17 ½-in hole section through a narrow window (80m) between 20-in casing shoe and 13 3/8-in casing stump. This reduced risk and saved time by sidetracking and drilling the section in one run. In similar scenarios on previous wells, mud motors had been used to kickoff and sidetrack from a cement plug between the casing shoe and casing stump. Two runs were always required to complete the sections; first run with a dedicated sidetracking assembly (motor BHA) and a second run with a drilling assembly (RSS BHA). After this success another attempt was made in 2014 where 17 ½-in section was sidetracked and drilled to TD through 40m narrow window between 20-in casing shoe and 13 3/8-in casing stump in high well collision risk environment. Significant time and cost saving was achieved on this project. In 2015 a challenging well was planned where kick off had to be done through 37m window and close to six producers. Due to high risk of collision and no possible option of whipstock exit, new Point the bit RSS technology was employed to kick off in high magnetic interference environment and drill the section in one run.

With the ruggedized point the bit RSS and GWD service, it was possible to constantly monitor direction and inclination in real time and thereby tracking the trajectory progress in the loose formations at shallow depth. This allowed to guard against dropping back to the mother bore and hitting the 13 3/8-in casing stump. Sidetracking in open hole from cement plug also increased formation strength at 20-in casing shoe and saved time/cost compared to whipstock exit.

During execution all three wells were sidetracked successfully from motherbores in the first attempt and drilled to section TD in one run saving significant rig time and cost.

This paper discusses the planning and execution phases of these three successful reentry wells drilled on Statfjord Field, one of the largest field on North Sea Continental Shelf (NCS).

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