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Performance Report: Thailand: RHADIANT Fluid Helped an Operator to Reach Production Faster with Problem-Free Drilling and Logging Operation on Ultra High-Temperature Well

Challenge: A platform in the Gulf of Thailand was planned using a slim-hole design. The reservoir section would be drilled with a 6-1/8” hole and a highly deviated well geometry. The formations temperatures are up to 432° F (222° C), and contain acid gases such as CO2 and H2S. The combination of narrow diameters, high temperatures and acid gasses requires extraordinarily stable drilling fluid to avoid any gelation of the fluid. This would result in unacceptable ECD during drilling and the inability to run open-hole wireline logs, which is the most important well objective. Based on the initial success with the RHADIANT system in the Gulf of Thailand, the operator awarded M-I SWACO an additional rig that was scheduled to drill this platform. A similar platform drilled by a competitor’s system experienced severe fluid instability at high temperature leading to inability to log the majority of the wells.

Solution: RHADIANT was selected to meet these requirements and allow the hole to be fully logged and evaluated. The concentration of MUL XT, ONETROL HT, and ECOTROL HT was determined from extensive lab testing to confirm the performance and thermal stability of the system under expected downhole condition of this platform. Drilling fluid engineering practice based on M-I SWACO experience in the area was also an important element as the same drilling fluid would be reused from well to well on this twelve-well drilling program.

Result: The RHADIANT fluid, with Saraline 185V base fluid, performed well as per expectation by devilering excellent HPHT fluid loss control and filter cake quality with excellent rheological properties in the 6-1/8” interval. The drilling fluid proved to be thermally stable, which was observed from minimal mud weight variation and break circulation pressure after prolonged logging operation (greater than 48 hours). This lead to mimimal reported NPT comparing with wells in the same temperature range.

The wells below were drilled, logged, and completed in less time than what the operator expected with their experience in the same area and downhole conditions.


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