Abstract

The efficiency of the well construction process is highly dependent upon completion of the cementing phase. Drilling ahead is dependent on when the cement will build sufficient strength to support the existing casing. This paper presents a novel lightweight cementing technology through application of advanced chemistry that shows high potential for faster completion of the cementing phase, decreasing the waiting time for the cement to set, thereby allowing continued drilling operations. A unique lightweight density superior performing cement was successfully developed for high early compressive strength development that does not utilize traditional methods and materials for enhancing cement strengths like glass beads, cenospheres, silica fumes, fly ash, modified and/or natural clays.

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