Milling 1,500 ft of Existing Cement Casing Saves USD 340,000 in Intervention Costs | SLB
Case Study
Location
United Kingdom, Europe, Onshore
Details

Challenge: Mill 1,500 ft of cement in 9 5/8-in casing with CT in two wells with poor cement integrity and gas leak.

Solution:

  • Use 4 3/4-in positive displacement motor (PDM) to mill cement in 9 5/8-in casing under pressure control
  • Deploy Jet Blaster engineered high-pressure jetting service to clean casing side after milling using the 2 7/8-in tool

Results: Reduced rig intervention costs after successful milling to prepare the well for permanent abandonment, saving the operator approximately USD 340,000 within one month between both wells.

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Milling 1,500 ft of Existing Cement Casing Saves USD 340,000 in Intervention Costs

Deploying Jet Blaster service and 4 3/4-in positive displacement motor helped prepare leaking, low-integrity wells for permanent abandonment

Gas leak in abandoned well

An operator in the United Kingdom who acquired an existing asset needed to address a gas leak in two onshore wells with poor cement integrity. The operator detected a gas leak through the steel plate welded to the 20-in casing.

The wells were originally drilled to TD at 3,620 ft below the rotary table and cased with 9 5/8-in casing. Based on the limited information available, the operator was unable to determine whether the casing strings were concentric in the well. Also, the 9 5/8-in casing was cut at 485 ft below the rotary table to attempt to pull the casing by the previous operator. Well schematics identified a 19-ft gap in the casing string at this level and indicated a potential drop in the casing below.

Larger PDM to mill out abandonment plugs

The operator collaborated with Schlumberger to create a customized solution for the gas leak. The team used a 4 3/4-in PDM with an 8 1/2-in bit to mill out the abandonment plugs under pressure control with a CT unit. The 2 7/8-in tool with the Jet Blaster service was then used to clean the casing side and two retrievable bridge plugs were set for each well prior to mobilizing a workover rig to abandon the wells in compliance with current Oil & Gas UK guidelines

Collaboration to eliminate gas leak

The collaboration between Schlumberger and the operator reduced rig intervention costs by an estimated USD 340,000 within one month. The operator also removed the existing poor-integrity cement, enabling proper abandonment of the wells per regulations.

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A 4 3/4-in PDM with an 81/2-in bit was used to mill out the abandonment plugs with a CT unit, and the wells were prepared for proper permanent well abandonment.
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