Casing While Drilling (CwD): A New Approach To Drilling Fiqa Formation in he Sultanate of Oman--A Success Story
- Francisco J. Sánchez (Petroleum Development Oman) | Houqani Said (Petroleum Development Oman) | Mounir Turki (Tesco Corporation) | Marco Cruz (Baker Hughes)
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- Society of Petroleum Engineers
- SPE Drilling & Completion
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- June 2012
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- Journal Paper
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- 2012. Society of Petroleum Engineers
- 1.6.1 Drilling Operation Management, 7.2.1 Risk, Uncertainty and Risk Assessment, 1.11 Drilling Fluids and Materials, 1.6 Drilling Operations, 1.6.10 Running and Setting Casing, 3 Production and Well Operations, 1.10.1 Drill string components and drilling tools (tubulars, jars, subs, stabilisers, reamers, etc)
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Highly reactive Fiqa shale used to compel well engineers in The Sultanate of Oman to plan drilling phase of surface and intermediate sections primarily based on time exposure to aqueous drilling fluid water-based mud (WBM). The new approach of drilling the time-dependent Fiqa formation using casing-while-drilling (CwD) allows well engineers to plan prospective top/intermediate wellbore sections differently by enhancing the overall drilling performance. This reduces the risk of setting casing strings at unplanned depths, getting pipe stuck, or reaming continuously when drilling with conventional drillstring. The technical feasibility study, risk assessment, planning, execution, and the lessons learned during the process of drilling two top-section pilot projects are described in this document. The CwD team compares the drilling performance of several offset wells and suggests actions to improve the CwD technology in Oman.
Two 17 1/2- and 22-in. surface sections were drilled successfully with large-diameter casing strings and reached 754- and 894-m measured depths, respectively. The implementation of the CwD concept reduced the overall drill/case phase time up to 40%, in comparison with the average using conventional drilling in those fields. Exposure time of Fiqa to aqueous environment was reduced by eliminating conditioning trips and nonproductive-time (NPT) associated with wellbore instability. Drilling both sections with non-retrievable 17 1/2 - 13 3/8-in. and 22 - 18 5/8-in. CwD systems did not require modification of well design or rig. The optimization of this technology will support its implementation as the conventional drilling approach in some fields in Oman.
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