Drilling to the targeted depth of a well can be a challenge, considering the problems that may arise in the form of wellbore instability, mud losses, and/or differential sticking. The objective was to successfully drill a first-time implementation of an Oil-Based Mud (OBM) system with 60:40 Oil-Water Ratio (OWR).

The OBM system was maintained within the specified parameters in terms of mud weight, viscosity, and fluid loss. The addition of primary and secondary emulsifiers in the system enhanced electric stability (ES). Moreover, solid control equipment will be monitored continuously for immediate action if necessary. Contingency plan and a surplus of chemicals will be provided to ensure a smooth drilling and a swift movement of operations.

A fluid system was designed after extensive laboratory tests to analyze the optimal approach to drill using the first-time application of 60:40 OWR mud. It reduces the use of Diesel consumption by 26% in total OBM formulation, lowers the percentage of Low Gravity Solids (LGS) compared to the 80:20 OWR mud, and decreases the impact on the environment. Furthermore, the OBM was then reused in consequent wells with the addition of emulsifiers to reduce the cost.

This paper presents successful first-time applications of the 60:40 OWR fluid till the targeted lower Burgan formation, interbedded sandstone and shale formation. A complete laboratory analysis comparison between previous wells drilled and the current application indicates no difficulties were faced.

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