Technology Focus: Wellbore Tubulars (May 2010)
- Casey McDonough (Chesapeake Operating)
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- Society of Petroleum Engineers
- Journal of Petroleum Technology
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- May 2010
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- Journal Paper
- 66 - 66
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Shortly after the invention of gunpowder came the invention of the cannon. The first cannon barrels were made of paper and bamboo. Accuracy and distance requirements forced the refinement of the 13th-century cannon to the artillery guns of today. The first refinements came from incorporating different materials. The bamboo was replaced by iron. Other refinements came from shaping and treating the materials. As iron-working techniques developed, so did the cannon. Early cannons were cast with a bore, and then bores were machined. Smooth bores were replaced with rifling to further improve the accuracy of the projectile exiting the cannon. Through the centuries, material science and machining techniques were required to manage the rapidly expanding gas in a tube to propel projectiles to combat an enemy. See the parallel in our industry?
The use of different materials and techniques to combat physical and economic restraints of drilling and completing complex wellbores is the obvious theme of 36 papers reviewed for this feature. Recurring themes include applications for expandable casing, the use of unconventional tubular materials for drilling and completion operations, and combating corrosion. A majority of the articles covered extended-reach and horizontal applications. Modern drilling and completion technology depends critically on the availability of advanced materials and on tailoring these materials with a desirable set of structural and functional properties.
Many times, the use of new materials and technology solves some of the problems facing our industry. But many times, the solution is application of existing materials and technology in an innovative way. Of particular interest in my organization is tubular technology that may have merit in the vast domestic unconventional shale plays. Can different materials be used to reduce torque and drag while drilling and still provide the benefits of conventional methods? Can we squeeze more performance out of smaller rigs? And finally, can expandable casing be used to recomplete or restimulate an existing wellbore?
Wellbore Tubulars additional reading available at OnePetro: www.onepetro.org
SPE 120084 • “Effects of Friction on Post-Buckling Behavior and Axial-Load Transfer in a Horizontal Well” by Guohua Gao, SPE, University of Tulsa (now with Shell), et al.
SPE 126515 • “Influence of Relevant Parameters on Hole Cleaning and Pipe-String Erosion in Air Drilling” by Hongjun Zhu, SPE, Southwest Petroleum University, et al.
SPE 120542 • “Successful Application of Extra-Long Expandable Cased-Hole Liner Remediates Production Well” by Riyadh Al-Barghawi, Saudi Aramco, et al.
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