The original stress equilibrium of the formation is disturbed after borehole creation, and stress concentration is formed around the wellbore. During production, if drawdown pressure is too high, it will cause wellbore collapse and associated accidents. On the contrary, if the drawdown is too small, the production cannot meet the development needs. The ultra-deep fractured carbonate formation is tight and the in-situ stress is high. Dependent on the development of horizontal fractures and the degree of fracture filling and cementation, the distribution of UCS along the wellbore is quite different, leading to a larger variation of critical drawdown pressure. Meanwhile, different wellbore trajectories will result in different stress concertation around the wellbore and influence the critical drawdown pressure.

Furthermore, UCS of the rock will be reduced when the rock is soaked in completion fluids for a long time, and the critical drawdown pressure will be reduced. In view of these problems, this paper carried out a series of core tests, and developed a model to predict the critical drawdown pressure of uncased wellbores in fractured carbonate reservoirs. The influences of completion-fluid immersion and well trajectory on critical drawdown pressure is investigated. The results show that the critical drawdown pressure of vertical wells is less than that of horizontal wells. The critical drawdown of wellbores along the minimum horizontal principal stress is larger compared with wellbores along the direction of maximum horizontal stress. Completion-fluid immersion can cause a 4-5% reduction in critical drawdown pressure.

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