PowerPak HR Motor with Powerlast Elastomer Drills Reservoir Section in a Single Run, Kvitebjørn Field | Schlumberger
Case Study
Location
Norway, Europe
Details

Challenge: Reduce NPT due to motor failures while drilling a 5 3/4-in reservoir section through an abrasive HPHT environment using thru-tubing drilling, MPD techniques, and a positive displacement motor (PDM).

Solution:

  • Use i-Power integrated motor-bit modeling service to select and optimize an effective motor-elastomer combination for this specific downhole environment.
  • Deploy the PowerPak HR hard rubber motor with the Powerlast HW high-wear-resistant motor elastomer to drill the entire section in a single run.

Results:

  • Drilled the reservoir section in a single run.
  • Eliminated 75 h of NPT caused by motor stalls and failures.
  • Set field records by improving on the record section length by 60%, establishing the longest below-rotary hours and beating the pumping hours by 67%.
Products Used

PowerPak HR Motor with Powerlast HW Elastomer Drills Reservoir Section in a Single Run, Kvitebjørn Field

i-Power service enables motor-elastomer combination that eliminates 75 h of NPT and beats previous records for field section length by 60% and pumping hours by 67%

Reduce NPT caused by motor failures

Wells in the Kvitebjørn Field in the North Sea are HPHT wells where operators commonly use highly abrasive muds to drill reservoir sections. In 2006, pressure depletion and a well control incident required unconventional drilling techniques to continue production. Techniques included MPD, thru-tubing rotary drilling, as well as wellbore strengthening materials and rig-assisted snubbing units. In 2011, Statoil planned to drill a reservoir section with a 5 3/4-in bit, making drilling with a PDM necessary to minimize surface string rotation.

Mud motor failures were common due to the mud types used with motor-elastomer combinations deployed in the abrasive and HPHT environment. Consequently, no operator in that field was able to drill a reservoir section in a single run. Such failures caused NPT averaging about 75 h per well.

Use motor modeling techniques and durable elastomer to drill section in a single run

Statoil needed to reduce the NPT it experienced while drilling the section, which meant seeking out a new motor and elastomer combination. The i-Power service provided motor optimization modeling and a simulation strategy used during the prejob planning phase. Statoil’s goal: to drill the 5 3/4-in section in a single run.

i-Power service helped rule out several motor-elastomer combinations that would have failed. But Statoil found one successful combination—the PowerPak HR motor and the Powerlast HW elastomer. Simulations revealed this pairing would be far more durable than any other option.

i-Power service modelling
i-Power service modeling determined that the PowerPak motor and Powerlast HW elastomer combination could run throughout the section without failures.

Eliminated motor NPT and set field records while completing section in a single run

The PowerPak HR motor and the Powerlast HW elastomer selected by the i-Power motor-bit modeling service enabled drilling the entire 5 3/4-in reservoir section in a single run with no stalls, even through thick cemented sandstone stringers and for the first time since MPD was introduced more than 6 years before. The motor also set field records for the longest run length of 1,152 ft [351 m], the longest below rotary hours of 444 h, and the field maximum pumping hours of 302 h. These are considered the highest statistics for Schlumberger for the 4 3/4-in motor size worldwide.

Overall, the PowerPak HR motor with the Powerlast HW elastomer was able to increase section lengths by 60% and pumping hours by 67%, as compared with the previous field records. The technologies also eliminated the 75-h NPT associated with motors on previous drilling campaigns in the area. Unlike previous elastomers, the Powerlast HW elastomer was not damaged from increased temperatures when pumps were inactive.

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Using the Powerlast HW elastomer, Statoil was able to avoid motor failures entirely on two consecutive wells. In the offset wells drilled beforehand, motor failures were fairly regular.
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