Case Studies

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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....

Case Study: Operator Saves USD 7.2 Million with Improved Drilling Performance and Sets New Field Benchmark

DES helps operator reduce drilling with potential savings of USD 115 million across field CHALLENGE – These shallow-water wells were typically drilled in about 93–105 days because of many factors, such as trajectory management, bit selection, limited hole cleaning, and bit hydraulic power design. Thus, the rate of penetration (ROP) and the additional time spent for hole cleaning were not optimal. To keep...

Case Study: Mobile Testing Package Enables Early Production

Mobile express surface well testing system helps operator achieve production goals in new fields CHALLENGE – Parnaíba Gás Natural S.A. operates in Maranhão State and is responsible for about 10 percent of all natural gas produced in Brazil. While some of its fields are equipped with permanent measuring equipment, some of its remote wells are currently using the mobile express surface well testing...

Case Study: GeoBalance® Service Helps Operator Save Big in Challenging Deepwater Environment

Automated managed pressure drilling system successfully drills ‘undrillable’ wells in 2,000 meters of water CHALLENGE – The operator elected to use managed pressure drilling to overcome these challenges. This project would also be the world’s first implementation of a MPD surface control system onto a MPD ready drill ship. The safe and successful implementation of Halliburton’s GeoBalance® MPD technology required an engineered approach...

Case Study: Record-Setting Lateral Completion Achieved with Obsidian® Plugs

Halliburton and Eclipse Resources set 124 frac plugs averaging 5.3 frac stages per day CHALLENGE – Setting and drilling out 100 + frac plugs in an extended-reach 18,544 ft lateral is no easy feat, so finding a reliable, field-proven completion solution was key. Eclipse Resources considered running a sleeve system for the extended lateral; however, Obsidian® plugs proved to be a more economical...

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