Control Requirements for Automatic Managed Pressure Drilling System
- John-Morten Godhavn (Statoil ASA)
- Document ID
- Society of Petroleum Engineers
- SPE Drilling & Completion
- Publication Date
- September 2010
- Document Type
- Journal Paper
- 336 - 345
- 2010. Society of Petroleum Engineers
- 3 Production and Well Operations, 1.7.2 Managed Pressure Drilling, 1.7.5 Well Control, 1.13 Drilling Automation, 1.6 Drilling Operations, 1.7.6 Wellbore Pressure Management, 4.5 Offshore Facilities and Subsea Systems
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Automatic control solutions for drilling are expected to become widely used in the future. Both basic and more advanced control tools are well established in other communities such as offshore processing facilities and oil refineries. Drilling systems, however, have traditionally been operated manually. There is a great economic potential for the introduction of automatic control providing reduced drilling time, increased regularity, and improved performance, especially for wells with very narrow pressure margins. One example of automated drilling is automatic control of the downhole pressure by topside choking in managed-pressure-drilling (MPD) operations. Narrow drilling margins, especially in depleted reservoirs, ask for highly accurate pressure control.
Statoil applied automatic MPD successfully offshore at the Kvitebjørn field in the North Sea in 2007. This paper presents some MPD results from Kvitebjørn and discusses automatic control requirements for drilling operations. The requirements for MPD operations include a specified accuracy for a set of normal operations, such as rate changes and set point ramping during connections, surge and swab, and some failure operations, such as power loss, gas kicks, and blocked choke. The paper also includes some ideas for the future of intelligent-drilling operations with increasing automation.
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