New Generation of HTHP Water Based Drilling Fluid Changing Conventional Drilling Fluids Solutions | Schlumberger
Tech Paper
Location
United Arab Emirates, Asia
Byline
Tariq Hasan Hamdan, Mohamad Husien, Salem Alblooshi, Mohamed Awadh Alhammami, Mohamed Qassem Hussain, Ayman El Shahat, and Mohamed Osama Abd El-Meguid, ADNOC Onshore; Carmelo Arena, Tint Htoo Aung, Balakrishnan Panamarathupalayam, Cedric Manzoleloua, Allwyn Dmello, and Clotaire Eyaa, and Vaughn Reza Traboulay, M-I SWACO, a Schlumberger Company
Society
SPE
Paper Number
203439
Presentation Date
2020
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New Generation of HTHP Water Based Drilling Fluid Changing Conventional Drilling Fluids Solutions



Abstract

The conventional drilling fluid to drill the high-temperature wells are non-aqueous fluid. ADNOC used high-temperature water-based drilling fluid instead of nonaqueous fluid to drill the well successfully. High-temperature water-based drilling-fluid systems hold several advantages over non-aqueous systems from financial and environmental viewpoints. However, most conventional water-based systems start to become unstable at temperatures above 300 degF. This paper details the design and implementation of specially designed water-based drilling fluids based on custom-made branched synthetic polymer that meet these temperature stability requirements. The branched synthetic polymer exhibits superior rheological properties and fluid loss control, as well as longterm stability above 400 degF. Under static conditions, the high-temperature fluid shows no gelation, resulting in lower swab surge pressures while the stability of the highly branched synthetic polymer and enhanced rheological profile minimize sag.

ADNOC required a cost-effective drilling-fluid system that remains stable under static temperatures expected to exceed 375 degF. The longterm stability of the system was critical for successful wireline logging operations. In addition, the system was required to provide shale inhibition, hydrogen sulfide (H2S) suppression and enough density to maintain well integrity while drilling through anticipated high-pressure zones. The challenging intermediate and reservoir sections were drilled and evaluated using high temperature water-based system. This paper will discuss the successful execution of high temperature water-based system in one of high-temperature well in ADNOC field.

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