The B24 well in the Fidaa Field was the first dual lateral underbalanced horizontal well drilled in Libya and the second well of Zueitina Oil Company's (ZOC) underbalanced drilling campaign.

The targeted reservoir "Facha" is partly depleted after 23 years of production to a 7.2 ppg equivalent mud weight. Nitrified diesel, a two-phase drilling fluid, was used to drill the reservoir section of the B24 underbalanced to avoid circulation losses and formation damage. Real time LWD was crucial for geosteering the well path in a complex reservoir structure and real time annular pressure measurement was also necessary to ensure the underbalanced condition was maintained throughout the entire UBD drilling phase.

Two 6" horizontal drains were drilled successfully with 2053' and 1517' drain lengths. Integrated efforts of ZOC and service companies of various disciplines during planning and operation stages of the well led to the success of the project. No QHSE incidents were reported and the productivity of the well was enhanced significantly.

The B24 well's production alone contributes to over 30% of the total Fidaa field production.

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