Improved Drilling Efficiencies Using Offline Cementing Saves Days on Well and Reduces Costs
- Samuel Van Meter (Halliburton) | Kristin Kutchak (Halliburton) | Habib Guerrero (Inflection Energy LLC)
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- SPE Eastern Regional Meeting, 15-17 October, Charleston, West Virginia, USA
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- 2019. Society of Petroleum Engineers
- Cementing, Offline Cementing, Continuous Improvement, Drilling Operations, Cementing Operations
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Drilling in the Appalachian basin in Pennsylvania has evolved since its inception. Operators have shifted their focus from mere wellbore delivery to delivering wells in the shortest amount of time to reduce risks and costs, as well as drive efficiency. This paper presents a case study in which offline cementing helped improve operation efficiency by reducing drilling times and provided significant cost savings.
Offline cementing is not a new concept. In Q4 2015, an operator drilling in the Eagle Ford shale began the movement of their program toward offline cementing of both the surface and production casings. The operator determined that reducing flat time was crucial to create a cost savings (Hsieh 2018). When another operator began their 2018 drilling program in northeastern Pennsylvania, improving efficiencies was discussed with the service company. After quantifying the experience obtained during a previous project, the service company proposed offline cementing because of the economic benefits it could provide.
The service company was able to cement both the surface and intermediate casing strings offline while the operator skidded to the next well to begin rigging up. All surface casings were drilled and cemented offline and the rig skidded back to drill for the intermediate casings, which were also cemented offline. Approximately 15 hours was saved by skidding between surface strings, and another 16 hours was saved between intermediate casings.
This paper discusses the successful use of offline cementing during drilling operations in northeastern Pennsylvania. The flat time reduction achieved during this drilling program can be quantified into a cost savings of approximately USD 80,000 per well.
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