Best Practices for Wellbore Cleanup and Displacements in Openhole Sand-Control Completions
- Maye Beldongar (Schlumberger) | Daniel Agee (Schlumberger) | Amrendra Kumar (Schlumberger) | Matthew Offenbacher (Schlumberger) | Nicolas Flamant (Schlumberger) | Ashley Lees (Schlumberger) | Bala Gadiyar (Schlumberger) | M. Parlar (Schlumberger)
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- March 2018
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At some stage after drilling to target depth and before pumping the gravel-packing treatment or before putting the well on production, the drilling fluid is typically displaced from the wellbore. Practices in the industry vary significantly depending on the primary drivers of the completion engineers, sometimes with undesirable results. Inefficient wellbore displacements can cause a variety of problems, including increased nonproductive time, reduced well productivity, and incomplete gravel packing through various mechanisms.
In this paper, we detail our best practices to ensure efficient wellbore displacements for sand-control completions on the basis of learnings from more than 500 openhole completions throughout the world from 2013 through 2016. In the design phase, these involve various compatibility tests, some of which are not commonly performed, and/or potential problems that cannot be identified easily when they are performed using conventional test procedures. Additional considerations include the modeling of fluid/fluid displacements and determining the fluid properties, pump rates, and fluid volumes required for effective displacements in a given wellbore geometry and flow paths. On the rigsite, they involve several quality-control tests, some of which have not been implemented previously.
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