Underbalanced Drilling With Coiled Tubing in Marginal Shallow Wells

Fig. 1—The subsurface ridge identified at the level of the target reservoir.

The complete paper describes a recent directional coiled-tubing drilling (DCTD) job completed for an independent operator in the Appalachian Basin. The objective was to access target zones identified as adjacent to a recently drilled vertical well using a lateral sidetrack. The project was ultimately successful in that a dry hole was re-entered and sidetracked to create a productive well.

The Economic Equation

The target of the project was to define drilling efficiency in terms of cost per production rate. This measure takes the initial production into account and ties together the ability of the driller to make hole in the direction required with the ability to select a productive part of the formation.

Recognizing that each stage of well construction can affect another, a multidisciplinary approach was adopted that included input from geology, geophysics, reservoir engineering, and drilling and completions engineering. Local experience with offset wells also was an important input, allowing for the fact that this experience was limited to vertical wells drilled with air or in an overbalanced condition.

This article, written by JPT Technology Editor Chris Carpenter, contains highlights of paper SPE 189904, “Underbalanced Drilling With Coiled Tubing: A Case Study in Marginal Shallow Wells,” by Adam Miszewski, SPE, and Toni Miszewski, SPE, AnTech, and Peter Hatgelakas, Chuck Henry Energy, prepared for the 2018 SPE/ICoTA Coiled Tubing and Well Intervention Conference and Exhibition, The Woodlands, Texas, USA, 27–28 March. The paper has not been peer reviewed.
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Underbalanced Drilling With Coiled Tubing in Marginal Shallow Wells

01 June 2018

Volume: 70 | Issue: 6

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