Case Study: Operator Achieves More Reservoir Insight Using a New Azimuthal Gamma Ray Service

Azimuthal gamma-ray images uncover stratigraphic features in a seemingly featureless unconventional reservoir Challenge – Unconventional resources are often costly to produce as a result of the need for hydraulic fracturing. In order for these shale plays to be considered economical, drilling costs must be kept to a minimum, and many operators drill and geosteer wells with only average gamma-ray measurements obtained from a logging-while-drilling (LWD) tool....

Tech Paper: Mapping the Bakken with Azimuthal Gamma Ray

New, cost-effective measurement allows for better unconventional well placement in difficult-to-interpret situations This paper defines current geosteering practices in the Middle Bakken formation using conventional gamma-ray detectors and discusses the use of a new azimuthally sensitive gamma-ray sensor for more accurate well placement in the target formation. Two wells were drilled in the Middle Bakken formation using both a conventional gamma-ray detector and a new azimuthally sensitive...

Case Study: PetroGuard® Openhole Shunt System Ensures Gravel-Pack Success for TOTAL’s Four-Well Batch Completion

Shunt contributed to 100 percent pack efficiency despite challenging openhole conditions CHALLENGE – TOTAL performed several internal studies to determine the most appropriate lower completion solution for its wells. It was identified early on that the four-well campaign required openhole gravel packs to successfully retain and control the formation sands. Additionally, hydraulic simulations were performed and sensitivities were used to assess the potential to successfully execute...

Case Study: Well Construction Performance Shaves More Than Eight Days Off of Plan in Rumaila Field

Solution optimizes drilling time while lowering costs CHALLENGE – Halliburton was challenged to design, drill, and deliver wells in the Rumaila field – and to do this safely, efficiently, on time, and within the allocated budget. The geology in the field presented significant obstacles, including losses within naturally vuggy or fractured formations, challenges of drilling through highly reactive shale sequences with borehole instability issues, and depleted...

Tech Paper: Numerical Maximization of the Secondary Polymer Flooding Value in a Mature, Offshore, Heavy Oil Reservoir

Methodology helps improve the chances of finding the maximum net present value solution Successfully implementing polymer flooding and maximizing benefits requires selecting best options of variables such as polymer concentration and slug, and number and location of new wells. Option-decisions combined generate thousands of scenarios. Therefore, even using smart algorithm optimizers to efficiently find the maximum of a business objective mathematical function can be a very...

Case Study: Operator Successfully Runs 5 ¾-inch Slim-Hole Drilling Operation with Geo-Pilot® RSS System

Innovative solution drills one of the longest slim sections (5,500 feet) on Norwegian Continental Shelf CHALLENGE – In the previous operation of this ERD well, an expandable liner had been set to address formation instability. This expandable liner created a challenge, since the liner’s internal diameter was only 5.795 inches, which is extremely narrow. The wellbore’s narrow opening required a slim-version drill bit and the rotary...

Tech Paper: Modeling Flow Profiles Using Production Log Temperature Data in Single and Multiphase Wells

Real-time multiphase flow monitoring proves valuable This paper presents the application of a method to determine a generalized wellbore-flow profile using predominantly fluid temperature data obtained through a platinum-resistance thermometer (PRT) tool. The method is advantageous, enabling the calculation of multiphase rates independently of spinner data, and it is based almost solely on temperature measurements, which are reliable and available with every production-logging string. The method...

Case Study: Illusion® Frac Plug Helps Operator Save $200,000

All 15 plugs dissolved, removing the need for coiled tubing millout CHALLENGE – In an ongoing effort to reduce the risks and costs incurred when completing a well using the plug-and-perforate method, the operator was primarily looking for ways to remove the need for milling out composite plugs. As an added challenge, the customer’s objective was to maintain the same parameters during the pump down and...

Tech Paper: The Radial Approach to Safety Factors for Tubular Design

New radial safety factor can help assist well engineers with safer and more straightforward tubular design. Traditionally, collapse safety factor (SF) is the ratio of tubular collapse resistance to collapse load. The collapse resistance is usually calculated using formulas suggested in API 5C3 or ISO 10400. If the collapse load is very small while the tension stress and/or internal pressure are high, the collapse SF could...

Case Study: Boots & Coots Regains Control of Platform After Five-Well Blowout

Team maintains stability of 30-well platform, contains blowouts, and safely caps wells CHALLENGE – The main concern was to maintain the stability of the platform, which was rapidly deteriorating due to prolonged heat exposure. Fortunately, some of the wells were producing via a gas lift process and, after the initial explosion, the operation could be shut down, extinguishing the fires on these wells. Now the fires...