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Extended Reach Drilling (ERD) wells has broadened its historical definition from having MD/TVD ratio of 2:1 to include wells with horizontal departure of up to 25,000 feet or more. In this workshop, we made an economic comparison between extended reach wells and conventional lower deviated departure, and emphasised on highlights and lowlights of drilling ERD wells.
Moreover, the discussions indicated the correlation among various components involved in ERD wells, which include the design and interaction of special equipment, liner design, tubulars, and introduction of new technologies. Furthermore, how drilling and completion fluids design are key factors in the construction of ERD wells. Hence, continuous development of advanced software modules for hydraulics and hole-cleaning plays a fundamental role in the success of ERD wells.
In addition, this workshop illustrated best practices for robust drilling and completion operations. Additionally, how advanced software modules, sensing hardware, data transmission, and real-time operating support are vital in the realisation and success of ERD wells.