Several wells with bottom hole temperatures in excess of 400°F have been drilled in South Australia. Two early wells were drilled with Lignite-Lignosulfonate fluids and two recent wells used a newly introduced high temperature polymer system. A brief comparison of these high temperature wells has been made. The effects of temperature on the performance and properties of the polymer system are examined and the need for further improvements in the area of high temperature drilling fluids is also considered.

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