G-SEAL-Treated Fluid Reduces Torque Values | Schlumberger
Case Study
Location
New Zealand, Oceania
Details

Challenge: All offset wells drilled in this area of the Taranaki basin had experienced problems coming out of the hole after trouble-free drilling of the 12¼-in. section.

Solution: Maintain the selected KCl/IDCAP D/GLYDRIL mud system and add G-SEAL graphite.

Results: 

  • Low torque.
  • Cost-effective additions.
  • No effect on other mud properties.
Products Used

G-SEAL-Treated Fluid Reduces Torque Values

Well Information

 
Location New Zealand
Well type Exploration
Hole angle range
Borehole static temperature 250°F (121°C)
Well depth 12,844 ft (3915 m)
Section drilled 7923 ft (2415 m)

The Situation

All offset wells drilled in this area of the Taranaki basin had experienced problems coming out of the hole after trouble-free drilling of the 12¼-in. section. No problems were experienced during drilling, although stick-slip was always high and torque erratic. Trips, however, were extremely slow since it was necessary to backream most of the way .Following this backreaming, the hole was always in good condition and no further problems were experienced running in or pulling out. Casing was always run to total depth without problems. Because it was agreed that mud weight was not an issue, the client asked for suggestions to make the trip out faster.

The Solution

Since there were no other hole problems, it was decided to maintain the selected KCl/IDCAP* D/GLYDRIL* mud system. It was proposed to add G-SEAL graphite to the mud at a concentration of approximately 2 lb/bbl (5.7 kg/m3) while drilling the section with a further boost to around 5 lb/bbl (14.3 kg/m3) before tripping in an attempt to lubricate (“slicken up”) the filter cake.

The Results

The trip out of the hole was smooth and trouble-free up to the point at which G-SEAL additions had commenced. It could not, however, be proved conclusively that this was attributed to the use of the G-SEAL graphite (subsequent wells did have problems pulling out even when G-SEAL graphite was used; however, they were generally less problematic than earlier wells on which the G-SEAL product had not been used.)

Low torque. The average recorded torque value was 10,000 ft-lb prior to addition of G-SEAL lost-circulation material, dropping to an average of 7400 ft-lb following the addition of just 2 lb/bbl (5.7 kg/m3)—approximately a 26% sustained reduction Similarly, the maximum observed torque prior to the addition of G-SEAL graphite was 21,200 ft-lb versus 14,800 post addition—also a reduction of more than 25%. Cost-effective additions. G-SEAL additions accounted for less than 10% of the section mud costs No effect on other mud properties. All properties remained within specification with no unplanned treatments The Details The fluid properties are shown in Table 1. Table 1
G-SEAL-Treated Fluid Reduces Torque Values

Before and After G-Seal

G-SEAL-Treated Fluid Reduces Torque Values
“Backreaming while tripping through new hole has been accepted as a necessary and costly fact of life when drilling offshore in the Taranaki Basin. Adding G-SEAL* material to the mud reduced the need to backream significantly.”

David Knox, Country Manager-New Zealand, M-I SWACO

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