Designing and Managing Drilling Fluid 

Drilling Fluid
Publication: Oilfield Review
Volume: 6
Issue: 2
Publication Date: 03/01/1994

Drilling fluid-or mud-can contribute to virtually any drilling problem. Stuck pipe, poor completion, inadequate logs and production difficulties may all be laid at mud's door. In recent years, oil-base mud (OBM) successfully eliminated many of these concerns, but environmental regulations increasingly limit its use. This article discusses the issues that must now be considered when designing a mud program without OBM, looks into new types of drilling fluid, and examines how improved drilling fluids management can yield substantial efficiency benefits.

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