Reverse Circulation Placement Technique vs. Conventional Placement Technique: A Comparative Study of Cement Job Hydraulics Design
- E. Kuru (University of Alberta) | S. Seatter (University of Alberta)
- Document ID
- Petroleum Society of Canada
- Journal of Canadian Petroleum Technology
- Publication Date
- July 2005
- Document Type
- Journal Paper
- 16 - 19
- 2005. Petroleum Society of Canada
- 1.13.3 Cement Formulation (Chemistry, Properties), 1.13 Casing and Cementing, 1.6.3 Drilling Optimisation, 5.6.5 Tracers, 4.3.4 Scale, 1.7.1 Underbalanced Drilling, 1.8 Formation Damage, 1.6 Drilling Operations, 3 Production and Well Operations, 1.11 Drilling Fluids and Materials, 1.7.7 Cuttings Transport
- 0 in the last 30 days
- 636 since 2007
- Show more detail
- View rights & permissions
|SPE Member Price:||USD 5.00|
|SPE Non-Member Price:||USD 35.00|
Reverse circulation cement placement technique (RCCPT) has been suggested asan alternative for providing proper annular coverage for lost circulationzones. It is generally believed that RCCPT helps minimize the circulationpressure and hence, allows cement placement with no apparent losses.
A basic hydraulic design study is conducted to determine the anticipatedpressure losses during the cement jobs run by using both the RCCPT and theconventional cement circulation placement technique (CCCPT).
Results have shown that, for each design case (i.e., wellbore geometry andthe rheology of cement slurry), there is a critical depth above which theequivalent circulating pressure (ECD) with RCCPT can be higher than ECD withCCCPT. Examples of typical cement job design calculations are provided toillustrate the changing ECDs as a function of depth during both RCCPT andCCCPT.
Lost circulation is one of the most common problems encountered whencementing a well. The problem becomes increasingly critical, particularly whencementing fractured formations such as the ones encountered in geothermalwells, and coal bed methane wells, or low fracture gradient zones near sea bedsin offshore wells. Primary cementing of these zones using the conventionalcement circulation placement technique (CCCPT) has been very difficult, evenwith lightweight and foamed cement.
Reverse circulation of cement placement technique (RCCPT) has been offeredas an alternative to eliminate some of the problems experienced when cementingpotential lost circulation zones(1-5).
Marquarie and Brisac(1) reported successful applications of RCCPT in theNorth-Hassi-Messaoud Field in Algeria. Using RCCPT, they were able to cement aweak Triassic formation above the casing shoe without allowing the plasticclays (above the weak zone) to extrude and salt water to enter the well.
Griffith et al.(2) conducted large scale experimental tests to investigatethe advantages of RCCPT. They have suggested that RCCPT is a viable option tolower equivalent circulating densities during the cementing process. They havealso found that reverse circulation of cement on primary cementation neitherincreases nor decreases the displacement efficiency. Griffith et al.(2) alsooutlined a procedure for a typical reverse circulation cementing operationconducted by coal bed methane producers in the area of Trinidad, CO, in theU.S.
|File Size||381 KB||Number of Pages||4|