In this case study, we present the use of a new look-ahead resistivity technology to solve a challenge on the Valemon field where the top of the reservoir could not be mapped from surface seismic. The objective was to extend the overburden section deep enough to secure sufficient formation strength at the casing shoe while eliminating the risk of accidental drilling into the reservoir below. The application of the new technology secured standard casing design, and eliminated the extra time and costs associated with implementation of the managed pressure drilling technique. The target was to extend the 12 ¼-in overburden section 10-15m TVD into the Viking Group, as this formation generally provides sufficient formation strength for the 9 7/8-in casing shoe to enable conventional drilling of the following reservoir section. As there was a risk that the Viking Group could be absent or very thin in this area of the Valemon field, the look ahead measurement was used to monitor the formations ahead of the bit while drilling. Detection of higher resistivity ahead of the bit indicating an approaching reservoir would enable stopping prior to drilling into it. No reservoir response was detected ahead of the bit, and this enabled a safe extension of the 12 ¼-in section into the Viking Group as per the objective.

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