ERD wells are commonly associated with major challenges for installation of casing and liner strings. These wells typically present high torque and drag parameters that jeopardize getting strings to total depth.

In an attempt to optimize production, a major oil company in Angola decided to re-enter the study well in early 2016. A sidetrack was opened in the 9 5/8-in. casing, and drilling continued in the 8 ½-in. hole and penetrated the target zone in the highest location. Then a 7-in. production liner was run.

To reach the target zone, 5,583 ft of 8 ½-in. hole was drilled and deviations varied from 45° to 87°. This trajectory was a challenge for subsequent running of 7-in. liner. Torque and drag (T&D) models showed liner rotation at total depth (TD) was not possible, and a surge model indicated likelihood of mud losses while running the liner.

Liner hanger technologies became a very important phase of well construction, and service companies developed advanced liner hangers to overcome hostile well environments. In this case study, the short time available from the planning to execution phases and the current oil market conditions made it imperative that the right equipment, service, and technology were available in country. To achieve the ideal working parameters and get the liner to bottom, a thorough assessment needed to be performed to ensure risk mitigation.

This paper presents summarizes steps considered during planning for the 7-in. liner run including a detailed engineering analysis that enabled the operator to make the best decisions based on the available resources. The paper will also discuss lessons learned and best practices captured during the job that will be used for subsequent liners in similar wells.

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