Over the last six years nondamaging fluids, primarily inorganic salt blends, have proved to be very cost effective in numerous applications to drilling and production operations. A natural progression to high density, high cost non-damaging fluids has occurred. Successful application of these high cost fluids requires better planning and improved operational procedures, a better understanding of the physical properties of the fluids, and an evaluation of the optimum economic benefit of the fluid at project termination. The aim of the present discussion is to recommend a pre-operation planning procedure. A discussion of the physical properties of the fluids is presented to maximize the number of economic alternatives. The considerations governing whether fluid will be disposed, sold, or stored and reused are reviewed.

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