Abstract

A successful use of MPD techniques from a semi??submersible rig in an HPHT drilling operation offshore Egypt is described. Included is a discussion of the MPD techniques and experience developed on jack??up HPHT drilling operations and how these were successfully transferred across to the floating rig operation. The presentation will discuss the rig modifications required to install the MPD equipment on the semi??submersible, including installation of the rotating head in the marine riser. It will also review the operations carried out utilizing MPD techniques, and give examples of how the equipment was used in the drilling of the last 3 hole sections. Some key areas considered essential to the success of this technology on a floating rig in a demanding HPHT environment and the benefits associated with the MPD operation are highlighted.

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