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Hole Cleaning, Torque Management Lead to Longest Extended-Reach Well in Brazil

Fig. 1—Drilling plot of Well A-27.

The Peregrino project, located in the post-salt zone of the Campos Basin, presents immense challenges for drilling extended-reach wells. This paper shares challenges imposed by the well profile and downhole environment on the design and execution phases. Information is included about the solutions used that led to reaching the target depth as planned, including the well-planning methodology, bottomhole-assembly (BHA) design, drill-bit selection, data monitoring, and procedures for maximizing the transfer of power downhole and minimizing rock-cutting energy.

Introduction

The Peregrino oil field is in the BM-C‑7 area of the Campos Basin. Of 47 wells drilled from two fixed platforms in the field (Peregrino A and B), 20 were from Peregrino A, where the longest horizontal sections have been drilled. The average horizontal length was 1419 m, and the operator is pushing the technical limits to extend the overall lateral stepout, increase reservoir lengths, and maximize hydrocarbon exposure.

Drilling horizontal sections beyond the field average length has several additional challenges including mud quality along the sections, high friction factors, and surface-equipment operational limits. For extended-reach wells, hole-cleaning efficiency and proper torque management have been shown to be key factors for flawless execution.

This article, written by Special Publications Editor Adam Wilson, contains highlights of paper OTC 28091, “The Longest Horizontal Section Ever Drilled in an Extended-Reach Well in Brazil,” by Rafael Kenupp, Affonso Lourenço, Stian Soltvedt, and Ian Thomson, Baker Hughes, a GE company, and Grazielli Simões, Daniela L. Morosov, and Raquel Andrade, Statoil, prepared for the 2017 Offshore Technology Conference Brasil, Rio de Janeiro, 24–26 October. The paper has not been peer reviewed. Copyright 2017 Offshore Technology Conference. Reproduced by permission.
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Hole Cleaning, Torque Management Lead to Longest Extended-Reach Well in Brazil

01 May 2018

Volume: 70 | Issue: 5

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