Integrated Drilling Approach Achieves Single-Run Lateral to Save 2.5 Days and USD 148,000 off AFE | Schlumberger
Case Study
Middle East, Asia, Onshore

Challenge: Drill lateral section in one run with desired hole cleaning and minimized connection time.

Solution: Use CLEAR hole cleaning and wellbore risk reduction service along with the PowerDrive Orbit RSS and the expertise of a mud supervisor from M-I SWACO, a Schlumberger company.


  • Achieved hole cleaning objective with 51% less cumulative pill volume pumped.
  • Avoided wiper trip, saving up to 21.5 h.
  • Increased ROP to 91.3 ft/h [27.7 m/h] from an average 72.3 ft/h [22 m/h] on previous jobs.
  • Increased footage to 1,978 ft/d from previous 1,409 ft/d.
  • Reduced connection time by 60% toward the end of the run.
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Integrated Drilling Approach Achieves Single-Run Lateral to Save 2.5 Days and USD 148,000 off AFE

CLEAR service, advanced RSS, and expert mud monitoring increase ROP 130% and accomplish 51% less cumulative pill volume pumped in an onshore field, Middle East

Achieve high-quality hole cleaning, minimize connection time

When drilling in a remote onshore oil field in the Middle East, an operator wanted to drill a lateral section in one run with quality hole cleaning and minimized connection time. This required the operator to reduce flat time incurred through stuck-pipe incidents, circulating bottom-up timing, and wiper trips. The operator also sought to maximize ROP and footage, which are usually limited by wellbore cleaning challenges.

Develop integrated solution

Schlumberger engineers recommended an integrated solution that included advanced cuttings surveillance, mud monitoring, and a robust rotary steerable system. The team suggested combining the PowerDrive Orbit RSS with the ShortPulse integrated MWD platform because the combination would provide the directional control necessary to drill the lateral section in one run. The fully rotating PowerDrive Orbit RSS reduces drag, improves ROP, decreases the risk of sticking, and achieves superior hole cleaning.

In addition, the CLEAR service was used to monitor hole cleaning effectiveness and wellbore stability. Using a cuttings flowmeter, the service continuously weighs, measures, and analyzes cuttings reaching the surface. By comparing measured and theoretical volumes, the CLEAR service provides early detection of inadequate hole cleaning and excess returns caused by wellbore instability (caving) or damage. An M-I SWACO mud specialist provided support to the mud engineer on the rig, ensuring that the mud system was in good condition during drilling.

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Average footage increased to 1,978 ft/d from 1,409 ft/d on previous jobs.
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Average ROP increased to 91 ft/h from 72 ft/h on previous jobs.

Set new records while reaching drilling objectives

Using the integrated solution, the operator was able to steer the well trajectory into the reservoir zone with low tortuosity and increased ROP. The section was drilled 2.5 days ahead of plan with minimal stick/slip, shock, and vibration. The operator achieved optimal hole cleaning with cumulative cutting recovery of 84.4% and with a 51% reduction of cumulative pill volume.

Additionally, a new field record for drilling a 61/8-in section with a stand-alone RSS was achieved—this operation’s average ROP was 91.3 ft/h, and previous jobs’ average was 72.3 ft/h. Footage increased to 1,978 ft/d compared with the previous record of 1,409 ft/d. The operator also reduced connection time by 60% toward the end of run and saved USD 148,000, or 32%, off AFE.

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