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Drilling and Completion Fluids

Topics: Drilling fluids

This year has been a progressive year for me; besides being able to play more relaxing rounds of golf, it is now the execution time for all the research collaboration agreements signed earlier in the year, mainly with oil and gas companies. This year also marked a year after completing my tenure as the deputy director of the University of Malaya (UM) Center of Innovation and Commercialization (UMCIC). UMCIC is the technology-transfer office of UM, which is responsible for protecting UM’s inventions through intellectual-property registration such as patent, copyright, and trade secrets. This office is also responsible for promoting UM’s inventions through commercialization activities—namely, licensing, outright sale, and creation of spinoff companies. UMCIC also supports and promotes university/industry research collaborations that lead to potential innovative and commercial activities.

One crucial lesson I learned is the importance of mutual understanding and respect when collaborating with industry. It is no secret that universities and industry talk in two different languages and are living in two different environments. To the industry, time is of the essence; they always want everything “yesterday.” On the other hand, universities always have been seen as relaxed; they seem to want everything “tomorrow.” In a research-university setup such as at UM, where academic research publication is the prized output, the situation is even more challenging. UM has received a huge research grant under the high-impact-research special funding allocation from the Ministry of Higher Education of Malaysia. It is mainly to increase the number of Tier 1 and Tier 2 research publications. It is “publish or perish,” as they say. Interestingly, publication often hinders commercialization because it is considered as prior art. Hence, smart strategies should be in place to tackle this vital issue. A clear policy on harmonizing innovation and higher education should be created. However, caution must be taken not to have a one-size-fits-all approach.

In addition, one of the main challenges is the fundamental mismatch with regard to relevance, time horizons, and expectations. It is always the case for small- and medium-sized enterprises where resources and time are limited and demand is focused on highly applied, short-term solutions for technical issues. Given their greater emphasis on exploratory and in-depth study, we see a lack of interest from academics. This is a paradox that creates barriers to collaboration. Key findings from a case study on the Deutsche Telekom Laboratories show that, in order to overcome cultural, institutional, and operational collaboration barriers, a co-ownership collaboration framework is preferred. Building a common vision for the collaboration is key to overcoming cultural barriers. The most fundamental principle in collaboration is circumventing overlapping tasks. Universities should be able to do things that the industry cannot and will not, and vice versa. Otherwise, time and effort will be wasted. Any collaboration should be a win/win situation.

I hope you enjoy and benefit from the selected and highlighted papers. There are other interesting papers on the recommended-reading list. For further reading, the OnePetro online library has additional papers.

This Month's Technical Papers

Clay-Free Invert Fluid in High-Temperature Well Provides Consistent Low ECD Profile

Ultra-HP/HT Drilling-Fluid Design for Frontier Deep Gas Exploration

Innovative Manganese Tetroxide/CaCl2 Water-Based Drilling Fluids for HP/HT Wells

Novel Rigid-Setting, Temperature-Activated Material Stops Loss and Unwanted Fluids

Additional Reading

SPE 164064 Solids-Free Fluid-Loss Pill for High-Temperature Reservoirs by Pubudu Gamage, Halliburton, et al.

SPE 167033 Alternative Polysaccharide Fracturing Fluids for Harsh Reservoir Conditions by Jia Zhou, Baker Hughes, et al.

SPE 166126 Fluorous-Based Drilling Fluid for Ultrahigh-Temperature Wells by Kay A. Galindo, Halliburton, et al.

SPE 170281 Experimental Study Improves Prediction of PVT Behavior of Completion Brines by William Foxenberg, Schlumberger, et al.

Badrul Mohamed Jan, SPE, is a researcher and lecturer attached to the Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Malaya, Malaysia. He holds BS, MS, and PhD degrees in petroleum engineering from the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology. Jan’s research areas and interest include the development of superlightweight completion fluid for underbalanced perforation, ultralow-interfacial-tension microemulsion for enhanced oil recovery, and conversion of palm-oil-mill effluent to superclean fuel for diesel replacement. He has authored or coauthored numerous technical-conference and journal papers. Jan was the deputy director of the University of Malaya Center of Innovation and Commercialization. His responsibilities included providing an environment at the University of Malaya conducive to researchers bringing their research outputs to a commercialization-ready level. Jan is a member of the JPT Editorial Committee.

Drilling and Completion Fluids

Badrul Mohamed Jan, SPE, Researcher and Lecturer, University of Malaya

01 November 2014

Volume: 66 | Issue: 11

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