Pressurised Mud Cap Drilling

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Pressurised Mud Cap Drilling as defined by the IADC is as follows:  A variation of Managed Pressurised Drilling (MPD), that involves drilling with no returns to surface and where an annulus fluid column, assisted by surface pressure (made possible with the use of an RCD), is maintained above a formation that is capable of accepting fluid and cuttings.

MPD is fast becoming the technology of choice for deepwater, carbonate-reservoirs and HPHT well control in this region.  This 3 day course breaks down the multitude of equipment and technologies used in MPD that in return directly enhances the capabilities of deeepwater & carbonate-reservoir drilling, together with relevant case studies from Sarawak, Jawa, Sumatra and Papua New Guinea participants will be able to better appreciate how these advances of drilling technology are currently being applied. You will also see the differences between PMCD and Floating Mud Cap Drilling (FMCD), learn the engineering, economics and safety benefits that make PMCD a preferred choice of major operators.

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Learning Level


Course Length

3 Days

Why Attend

  • To provide an understanding MPD, UBD, PMCD, their goals, historical development and differences from conventional drilling
  • To delve deep into PMCD, breaking down the challenges and constraints usually faced
  • Familiarising with the various equipments involved in PMCD
  • Appreciating the features, advantages and benefits of PMCD
  • Demystifying the economics, engineering and calculations surrounding PMCD wells
  • Breaking down well control, cementing aspects and other related operations
  • Understanding further from success stories and case studies of onshore, offshore, HPHT and Deepwater wells from around Malaysia, Indonesia and Papua New Guinea

Who Should Attend

  • Drilling Engineers
  • Production Engineers
  • Completion Engineers
  • Geologists


Engineers are responsible for enhancing their professional competence throughout their careers. Licensed, chartered, and/or certified engineers are sometimes required by government entities to provide proof of continued professional development and training. Training credits are defined as Continuing Education Units (CEUs) or Professional Development Hours (PDH).

Attendees of SPE training courses earn 0.8 CEUs for each day of training. We provide each attendee a certificate upon completion of the training course.


Julmar Shaun S. Toralde spent 6 years with NORSU as an Instructor and Department Chairperson of the Geothermal Engineering Program, also serving as a Research Coordinator of the College of Engineering and Architecture, and Research Journal Editor of the university. Shaun has served Weatherford as a Controlled Pressure Drilling (CPD) Engineer also as a CPD&T Engineering Coordinator. He also spearheaded the successful delivery of the globally pioneering deepwater MPD/PMCD/PGRM projects. He served previously as Engineering Manager - Asia Pacific, Well Construction Services, and is currently Sales Manager, Secure Drilling Services – Asia Pacific, as well as Engineering Lead, Well Engineering and Project Management - Asia Pacific, with Weatherford, where he is managing more than 50 engineers in developing novel solutions for critical environments using advanced well construction technologies.