Reduce drilling time in formations with high UCS
The production section of the Tsarichansko Filatovskoe field, located in the Orenburg region of Russia, is composed of interbedded terrigenous carbonate formations. With high UCS in the range of 10,000 to 25,000 psi [69 to 172 MPa], these formations typically cause heavy impact damage to the PDC cutting structure during drilling, requiring multiple PDC bits and unplanned trips. In addition, wellbore instability, thief zones, and formation abrasion challenges contributed to slow ROP and decreased build rates.
Use engineered bits to improve drilling efficiency
Smith Bits, a Schlumberger company, used the IDEAS integrated dynamic design and analysis platform to analyze bit durability and drilling efficiency before recommending the StingBlade bit for the top part of the section and the AxeBlade bit for the remainder of the 8 11/16-in section. The unique 3D geometries of the Stinger conical diamond element and Axe ridged diamond element provide an ultraconcentrated force that resists wear and fractures high-UCS rock more efficiently—significantly improving footage and ROP in challenging formations. The Axe and Stinger elements, in addition to having a thicker, more durable diamond layer, enabled the engineered bits to drill farther and faster without sustaining the impact damage seen with conventional PDC bits.