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Covers horizontal and directional drilling, drilling fluids, bit technology, sand control, perforating, cementing, well control, completions and drilling operations. SPE Drilling & Completion is the successor publication to SPE Drilling Engineering
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Paper presented at the SPE International Symposium on Oilfield Chemistry, April 11–13, 2011
Paper Number: SPE-141327-MS
... Abstract As well profiles become more challenging, drilling fluids and lubricants face the need to provide further reductions in torque and drag. Tightening environmental regulations have placed further pressure on operators who now look more frequently to water-based fluids to solve...
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SPE Drill & Compl 18 (04): 332–338.
Paper Number: SPE-87328-PA
Published: 01 December 2003
...R. Stawaisz; S. Taylor; T. Hemphill; U. Tare; K. Morton; T. Valentine Summary An extended-reach well was planned and successfully drilled with a water-based drilling fluid in an area where wells historically have been drilled with mineral oil- and ester-based drilling fluids—the North Sea central...
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Paper presented at the IADC/SPE Drilling Conference, February 26–28, 2002
Paper Number: SPE-74545-MS
... Abstract An extended-reach [ERD] well was planned and successfully drilled in Block 16/26 of the U.K. Central North Sea with water-based drilling fluid in an area where wells have historically been drilled with mineral oil-based and ester-based drilling fluids. With increasingly stringent...
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Paper presented at the SPE Asia Pacific Oil and Gas Conference and Exhibition, October 8–10, 2002
Paper Number: SPE-77865-MS
... Abstract A major collaborative project was undertaken to develop novel environmentally acceptable water-based drilling fluids with high membrane efficiency to help meet the future requirements of the petroleum industry. This paper describes the rationale of the project, the fundamental...
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Paper presented at the Offshore Technology Conference, August 16–19, 2021
Paper Number: OTC-31179-MS
... Abstract This paper discusses both technical and project management aspects of drilling fluids services for deepwater and high pressure high temperature (HPHT) offshore drilling projects. The technical discussion part includes deepwater and HPHT specific fluids related concerns such as logistics, narrow...
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Paper presented at the IADC/SPE International Drilling Conference and Exhibition, March 8–10, 2022
Paper Number: SPE-208688-MS
... drilling fluid selection and formulation data mining drilling fluid chemistry drilling fluid management & disposal drilling fluid property drilling fluid formulation artificial intelligence fluid loss control iadc spe-208688-m drilling fluids and materials upstream oil & gas...
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Paper presented at the SPE International Conference on Oilfield Chemistry, December 6–7, 2021
Paper Number: SPE-204362-MS
... Abstract Stable invert emulsion with oil wet solids is achieved using invert emulsifiers and wetting agents. This paper reviews the chemistry and performance criteria of traditional invert emulsifiers and wetting agents utilized in formulating stable invert emulsion drilling fluids. However...
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Paper presented at the SPE International Conference on Oilfield Chemistry, December 6–7, 2021
Paper Number: SPE-204337-MS
... Abstract A need for more economic drilling fluids has been addressed by repurposing heavy brines typically used as completion fluids. Heavy brine corrosion inhibitors have been designed for stagnant systems. Drilling fluids are subjected to both heavy agitation and aeration through...
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Paper presented at the Abu Dhabi International Petroleum Exhibition & Conference, November 9–12, 2020
Paper Number: SPE-203439-MS
... Abstract The conventional drilling fluid to drill the high-temperature wells are non-aqueous fluid. ADNOC used high-temperature water-based drilling fluid instead of nonaqueous fluid to drill the well successfully. High-temperature water-based drilling-fluid systems hold several advantages over...
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Paper presented at the Abu Dhabi International Petroleum Exhibition & Conference, November 9–12, 2020
Paper Number: SPE-202711-MS
... Abstract Fiber-containing drilling fluid enhances hole cleaning or cuttings transport efficiency without significantly affecting the rheological properties of the base fluid. Objective of this study is to evaluate the hole cleaning capability of a novel seawater-biodegradable polymer fiber...
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Paper presented at the Offshore Technology Conference Asia, November 2–6, 2020
Paper Number: OTC-30368-MS
...Abstract Abstract The paper presents a case study of an Operator who successfully drilled two challenging wells through optimization of the drilling fluids. Well A was a HPHT well drilled with mud weight up to 18.6 ppg with overbalanced pressure as high as 6,800 psi – the highest overbalanced...
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Paper presented at the SPE International Symposium and Exhibition on Formation Damage Control, February 15–17, 2006
Paper Number: SPE-98391-MS
... Abstract The use of low-solids, water-based reservoir drilling fluids has generally been restricted to fields with temperatures of less than 300°F, primarily due to the limitations of fluids in more aggressive environments. The Miano and Sawan fields in Pakistan are both classified as high...
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Paper presented at the SPE/EPA/DOE Exploration and Production Environmental Conference, February 26–28, 2001
Paper Number: SPE-66552-MS
... control. The whole process of drilling fluids and waste management was re-evaluated in the light of these experiences and steps taken to radically reduce the cost of the operations and the environmental impact by reducing waste. In 1998 The ’Total Fluids Management’ process was adopted which has resulted...
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Paper presented at the The 29th International Ocean and Polar Engineering Conference, June 16–21, 2019
Paper Number: ISOPE-I-19-666
... stabilizing performance of drilling fluids on deepwater formations. The wellbore stabilizers and two water-based drilling fluids (WBDFs) were optimized. Sodium silicate has good shale inhibition and consolidation performance, and aluminum complex can also consolidate the shallow unconsolidated formations...
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Journal: SPE Journal
SPE J. 23 (06): 2339–2350.
Paper Number: SPE-191380-PA
Published: 29 August 2018
.... Application of drilling fluids with good lubrication for ERD is one of the most important methods to facilitate longer total depth (TD) of the wells. To better simulate the elevated-temperature environment in the borehole, this study proposes a method to perform tribological studies of drilling fluids...
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Paper presented at the SPE Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Annual Technical Symposium and Exhibition, April 23–26, 2018
Paper Number: SPE-192248-MS
... invariably increases the chances of a stuck pipe. Stuck pipe significantly increases the cost of drilling and decreases the chances of successfully drilling a well within the stipulated time. Drilling fluids formulated with a combination of manganese tetroxide and barite as weighting agents are expected...
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Paper presented at the SPE/IADC Drilling Conference and Exhibition, March 14–16, 2017
Paper Number: SPE-184686-MS
... drilling fluid chemistry drilling fluid selection and formulation drilling fluids and materials methane production monitoring production logging drilling fluid formulation production control Reservoir Surveillance annular pressure drilling liquid phase well control drilling fluid...
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Paper presented at the Abu Dhabi International Petroleum Exhibition & Conference, November 7–10, 2016
Paper Number: SPE-182973-MS
...Introduction Abstract The use of hollow glass spheres (HGS) is emerging as a leading solution for reducing the density of drilling fluids. With the continuous depletion of reservoirs, the presence of naturally fractured formations, and high permeability formations, the need for low-density...
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Paper presented at the SPE Russian Petroleum Technology Conference and Exhibition, October 24–26, 2016
Paper Number: SPE-182137-MS
..., expressed as a percentage. Complications and accidents No complications associated with drilling fluids were observed in tested multilateral wells, despite the large penetration through the productive formation, while nearby wells drilled with water-based muds revealed differential sticking...

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