Tech Report: @balance Control System Reduces Pad Costs by 45% in Six-Well Campaign, Western Canada

Managed pressure drilling solution navigates narrow pressure margin, improving drilling efficiency, economics, and safety in the Duvernay Formation

@balance Control Automated MPD System Reduces Pad Costs by 45% in Six-Well Campaign, Western Canada

Publication Date: 04/24/2018

The liquids-rich Duvernay Formation in the Western Canada sedimentary basin is a tight shale play with extensive networks of gas-bearing natural fractures. Due to abnormal reservoir pressures, the formation forces operators to drill within extremely narrow equivalent circulating density (ECD) margins—often leading to risk of gas influx or fluid losses. To minimize NPT and HSE risk, M-I SWACO recommended the @balance Control MPD system, which would ensure wellbore stability, optimize mud weight, and monitor pressures throughout the drilling campaign.




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