Drilling Fluid System and Emulsifiers Help Drill 3-Mile Lateral in One Run | SLB

Drilling Fluid System and Emulsifiers Help Drill 3-Mile Lateral in One Run

Published: 11/10/2021

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Date Depth, ft TVD, ft Fluid Weight, lbm/galUS Plastic Viscosity, cP
March 22, 2020 7,713 7,618 8.5 10
March 23, 2020 8,219 7,810 8.55 11
March 24, 2020
9,121 7,808 8.5 15
March 25, 2020 13,763 7,763 8.6 11
March 26, 2020 17,224 7,751 8.7 13
March 27, 2020 20,002 7,727 8.7 14
March 28, 2020 22,802 7,693 8.8 14
March 29, 2020 23,390 7,689 8.7 11
March 30, 2020 23,390 7,689 8.9 11
March 31, 2020 23,390 7,689 8.7 11

Using MEGADRIL drilling fluid system, MEGADRIVE P emulsifier, and MEGADRIVE S emulsifier, the Midland Basin operator achieved stable plastic viscosity throughout the well.

Location
United States, North America, Onshore
Details
Howard County, Texas
Midland Basin, Wolfcamp Shale
Background

An operator in the Midland Basin used MEGADRIL oil-based temperature-stable invert-emulsion drilling fluid system combined with MEGADRIVE P primary high-performance emulsifier and MEGADRIVE S secondary high-performance emulsifier. The combination helped the casing run to bottom easily and enabled drilling a 3-mile lateral in one bit run at an average ROP of 162 ft/h, setting operator records for ROP and distance drilled in a single run. The total distance drilled was 15,053-ft MD in 92.58 drilling hours at an average of 3,680 ft/d.

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