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1 Drilling Problems Pipe Sticking Lost Circulation Hole Deviation Pipe Failures Borehole Instability Mud Contamination Formation Damage Hole Cleaning H S General Equipment & Personnel Pipe Sticking Can not pull up can not go down can not rotate YOU ARE STUCK Differential pressure A portion of the drill string is embedded in the mud cake on the walls of the hole. It is held there by the pressure difference between in hole and the formation. The pull force to free the pipe is a function to the differential pressure, coefficient of friction and the total contact area of the pipe on the hole wall. The coefficient of friction is a function of the mud. An oil based mud with have a μ of.04, a water based mud up to.35. The contact area, A c, is expressed in terms of arc length, ψ arc, and the length. ψ arc d h d h d h tmc = tmc tmc d h dod t mc mud cake thickness inches A c = ψ arc L ep F pull = μ A ΔP c The causes of differential sticking, Unnecessary high differential pressures Thick mud cake (continuous high fluid loss to formation) Low-lubricity mud cake (high coefficient of friction) Excessive embedded pipe length (time delay in operations)

2 Ways to minimize differential sticking Proper mud characteristics (weight, fluid loss) Collar shape (spiral or square collars) Keep drilling solids low in the mud Keep rotating the drill string Indications Increase in torque and drag Inability to move the pipe Circulation of drill fluid is not interrupted When it happens Spot oil around the stuck portion Lower mud weight Back-off above the stuck portion then washover it Place a packer above it Mechanical Sticking High Accumulation of cuttings in the annulus Borehole Instability hole caving, sloughing, plastic squeezing Key Seat Accumulation of cuttings can occur in wells that do not have the adequate hole cleaning. This is common in directional or horizontal wells. Increasing circulating pressure while drilling, or increase in drag when tripping are indications of a problem. It is a good idea to circulate bottoms up before tripping the pipe as this cleans the hole. Minimizing Proper drilling hydraulics, rate and viscosity High rotation rate in directional holes Borehole Instability problems are common in shale sections of the hole. Shale can plastically flow inward or slough causing mechanical sticking. Salt also exhibits plastic behaviors. Any formation can collapse if the mud weight is not high enough to control it. Indications of trouble are an increase in the torque, increase in circulating pressure or even the blocking of returns to the surface.

3 Minimizing Proper mud design, weight and water loss A key seat is formed by the drill string pressing against the side of the hole and cutting groove. This happens when the hole is not straight. The problem occurs when pulling out of the hole the BHA will catch on this groove. Minimizing Keeping the hole in proper alignment When it happens First define the problem, what stuck ya Rotating and reciprocate the drill string if possible Increase the pump rate, watch the pressure Increase mud weight for hole instability Back off, use jars Washover Worse case, sidetrack

4 Lost Circulating The uncontrolled flow of drilling fluids into a downhole formation. This can be either a partial lost, some returns to the surface or a complete loss with no returns to the surface. This happens when the drilling encounters a highly fracture zone, one with low pressure-high permeability or a cavern. If drilling is continued with no returns it is called Dry or Blind drilling. Prevention Maintain proper mud weight Minimize annular friction pressure Maintain adequate hole cleaning Set casing to protect weaker formations If anticipated, treat mud with lost circulation materials If it happens Pump lost circulation materials in the mud Seal the zone with cement or other blockers Set casing Dry drill (clear water)

5 Hole Deviation When the hole deviates from the vertical or planned course. The bit tends to walk while drilling. Formation dip and rock properties can influence the path of the bit. This can cause both technical and legal problems. Causes Remedies Heterogeneous nature of the rock Drill string characteristics Applied WOB RPM of the drill string Lower WOB Slow the rotation Change the BHA, add stabizers etc Drill Pipe Failures Common failures Twist off Parting Burst or collapse Fatigue Leaking Most of these are prevented by starting with a good string. Drill pipe and collars should be constantly inspected, and regularly tested.

6 Borehole Instability Causes Mechanical in situ stresses Erosion due to drilling fluids Chemical interaction of fluids and formations Problems Hole Closure Increase in torque and drag Pipe sticking Running and seating casing Hole Enlargement Difficulty in cementing Increase chance of hole deviation Hydraulic problems in cleaning the hole Trouble logging the well Fracturing Lost circulation and kick potential Collapse Pipe sticking Loss of the hole Producing Formation Damage Defined as the impairment of the unseen by the inevitable, causing unknown reduction in the un-quantifiable. A reduced permeability near the wellbore caused by drilling, cementing or workover fluids. This is called skin. Mechanisms Solids plugging Clay particle swelling or dispersion Saturation change Emulsion blockage Filtrate blockage Precipitation of soluble salts

7 Remedies Lower mud weight Water loss control Hole cleaning Problems Pipe sticking Premature bit wear Slow drilling Formation damage fracturing Excessive torque and drag Trouble in logging and cementing Factors Annular velocity Hole inclination angle Flow rate max o Drill string rotation ROP Drilling fluid properties Characteristics of the cuttings

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