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DISTRIBUTION LIST Eni - Agip Division Italian Districts Eni - Agip Division Affiliated Companies Eni - Agip Division Headquarter Drilling & Completion Units STAP Archive Eni - Agip Division Headquarter Subsurface Geology Units Eni - Agip Division Headquarter Reservoir Units Eni - Agip Division Headquarter Coordination Units for Italian Activities Eni - Agip Division Headquarter Coordination Units for Foreign Activities

NOTE: The present document is available in Eni Agip Intranet (http://wwwarpo.in.agip.it) and a CD-Rom version can also be distributed (requests will be addressed to STAP Dept. in Eni - Agip Division Headquarter) Date of issue: „ ƒ ‚ • € Issued by P. Magarini E. Monaci 28/06/99 REVISIONS PREP'D C. Lanzetta 28/06/99 CHK'D A. Galletta 28/06/99 APPR'D 28/06/99

The present document is CONFIDENTIAL and it is property of AGIP It shall not be shown to third parties nor shall it be used for reasons different from those owing to which it was given


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2.1. 2.2. FORECAST ON PRESSURE AND TEMPERATURE GRADIENTS OVERPRESSURE EVALUATION 2.2.1. Methods Before Drilling 2.2.2. Methods While Drilling 2.2.3. Real Time Indicators 2.2.4. Indicators Depending on Lag Time 2.2.5. Methods After Drilling TEMPERATURE PREDICTION 2.3.1. Temperature Gradients 2.3.2. Temperature Logging

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4.1. 4.2. 4.3. INTRODUCTION PROFILES AND DRILLING SCENARIOS 4.2.1. Casing Profiles CASING SPECIFICATION AND CLASSIFICATION 4.3.1. Casing Specification 4.3.2. Classification Of API Casing MECHANICAL PROPERTIES OF STEEL 4.4.1. General 4.4.2. Stress-Strain Diagram NON-API CASING CONNECTIONS 4.6.1. API Connections APPROACH TO CASING DESIGN 4.7.1. Wellbore Forces 4.7.2. Design Factor (DF) 4.7.3. Design Factors

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Application of Design Factors

DESIGN CRITERIA 4.8.1. Burst 4.8.2. Collapse 4.8.3. Tension BIAXIAL STRESS 4.9.1. Effects On Collapse Resistance 4.9.2. Company Design Procedure 4.9.3. Example Collapse Calculation


4.10. BENDING 4.10.1. General 4.10.2. Determination Of Bending Effect 4.10.3. Company Design Procedure 4.10.4. Example Bending Calculation 4.11. CASING WEAR 4.11.1. General 4.11.2. Volumetric Wear Rate 4.11.3. Wear Factors 4.11.4. Wear Allowance In Casing Design 4.11.5. Company Design Procedure 4.12. SALT SECTIONS 4.12.1. Company Design Procedure 4.13. CORROSION 4.13.1. Exploration And Appraisal Wells 4.13.2. Development Wells 4.13.3. Contributing Factors To Corrosion 4.13.4. Casing For Sour Service 4.13.5. Ordering Specifications 4.13.6. Company Design Procedure 4.14. TEMPERATURE EFFECTS 4.14.1. Low Temperature Service 4.15. LOAD CONDITIONS 4.15.1. Safe Allowable Pull 4.15.2. Cementing Considerations 4.15.3. Pressure Testing 4.15.4. Company Guidelines 4.15.5. Hang-Off Load (LH)


5.1. 5.2. GENERAL DRILLING FLUID PROPERTIES 5.2.1. Cuttings Lifting 5.2.2. Subsurface Well Control 5.2.3. Lubrication 5.2.4. Bottom-Hole Cleaning 5.2.5. Formation Evaluation 5.2.6. Formation Protection MUD COMPOSITION 5.3.1. Salt Muds 5.3.2. Water Based Systems 5.3.3. Gel Systems 5.3.4. Polymer Systems

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5.3.5. 5.4. 5.5. 5.6. 5.7. 5.8. SOLIDS

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6.1. 6.2. 6.3. 6.4. HYDRAULICS PROGRAMME PREPARATION DESIGN OF THE HYDRAULICS PROGRAMME FLOW RATE PRESSURE LOSSES 6.4.1. Surface Equipment 6.4.2. Drill Pipe 6.4.3. Drill Collars 6.4.4. Bit Hydraulics 6.4.5. Mud Motors 6.4.6. Annulus USEFUL TABLES AND CHARTS

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7.1. CEMENT 7.1.1. API Specification 7.1.2. Slurry Density and Weight CEMENT ADDITIVES 7.2.1. Accelerators 7.2.2. Retarders 7.2.3. Extenders 7.2.4. Weighting Agents SALT CEMENT SPACERS AND WASHES SLURRY SELECTION CEMENT PLACEMENT WELL CONTROL JOB DESIGN 7.8.1. Depth/Configuration 7.8.2. Environment 7.8.3. Temperature 7.8.4. Slurry Preparation

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8.1. 8.2. DEFINITIONS DESIGN CRITERIA 8.2.1. Material Specification

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SURFACE WELLHEADS 8.3.1. Standard Wellhead Components 8.3.2. National/Breda Wellhead Systems COMPACT WELLHEAD MUDLINE SUSPENSION

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10.1. STRAIGHT HOLE DRILLING 10.2. DOG-LEG AND KEY SEAT PROBLEMS 10.2.1. Drill Pipe Fatigue 10.2.2. Stuck Pipe 10.2.3. Logging 10.2.4. Running casing 10.2.5. Cementing 10.2.6. Casing Wear While Drilling 10.2.7. Production Problems 10.3. HOLE ANGLE CONTROL 10.3.1. Packed Hole Theory 10.3.2. Pendulum Theory 10.4. DESIGNING A PACKED HOLE ASSEMBLY 10.4.1. Length Of Tool Assembly 10.4.2. Stiffness 10.4.3. Clearance 10.4.4. Wall Support and Length of Contact Tool 10.5. PACKED BOTTOM HOLE ASSEMBLIES 10.6. PENDULUM BOTTOM HOLE ASSEMBLIES 10.7. REDUCED BIT WEIGHT 10.8. DRILL STRING DESIGN 10.9. BOTTOM HOLE ASSEMBLY BUCKLING 10.10.SUMMARY RECOMMENDATIONS FOR STABILISATION 10.11.OPERATING LIMITS OF DRILL PIPE 10.12.GENERAL GUIDELINES

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11.1. PLANNING 11.2. IADC ROLLER BIT CLASSIFICATION 11.2.1. Major Group Classification 11.2.2. Bit Cones 11.3. DIAMOND BIT CLASSIFICATION 11.3.1. Natural Diamond Bits 11.3.2. PDC Bits 11.3.3. IADC Fixed Cutter Classification

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11.4. BIT SELECTION 11.4.1. Formation Hardness/Abrasiveness 11.4.2. Mud Types 11.4.3. Directional Control 11.4.4. Drilling Method 11.4.5. Coring 11.4.6. Bit Size 11.5. CRITICAL ROTARY SPEEDS 11.6. DRILLING OPTIMISATION

12.1. TERMINOLOGY AND CONVENTIONS 12.2. CO-ORDINATE SYSTEMS 12.2.1. Universal Transverse Of Mercator (UTM) 12.2.2. Geographical Co-ordinates 12.3. RIG/TARGET LOCATIONS AND HORIZONTAL DISPLACEMENT 12.3.1. Horizontal Displacement 12.3.2. Target Direction 12.3.3. Convergence 12.4. HIGH SIDE OF THE HOLE AND TOOL FACE 12.4.1. Magnetic Surveys 12.4.2. Gyroscopic Surveys 12.4.3. Survey Calculation Methods 12.4.4. Drilling Directional Wells 12.4.5. Dog Leg Severity

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13.1. STUCK PIPE 13.1.1. Differential Sticking 13.1.2. Sticking Due To Hole Restrictions 13.1.3. Sticking Due To Caving Hole 13.1.4. Sticking Due To Hole Irregularities And/Or Change In BHA 13.2. OIL PILLS 13.2.1. Light Oil Pills 13.2.2. Heavy Oil Pills 13.2.3. Acid Pills 13.3. FREE POINT LOCATION 13.3.1. Measuring The Pipe Stretch 13.3.2. Location By Free Point Indicating Tool 13.3.3. Back-Off Procedure 13.4. FISHING 13.4.1. Inventory Of Fishing Tools 13.4.2. Preparation 13.4.3. Fishing Assembly 13.5. FISHING PROCEDURES 13.5.1. Overshot 13.5.2. Releasing Spear 13.5.3. Taper Taps 13.5.4. Junk basket 13.5.5. Fishing Magnet

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14.1. TEMPORARY ABANDONMENT 14.1.1. During Drilling Operations 14.1.2. During Production Operations 14.2. PERMANENT ABANDONMENT 14.2.1. Plugging 14.2.2. Plugging Programme 14.2.3. Plugging Procedure 14.3. CASING CUTTING/RETRIEVING 14.3.1. Stub Termination (Inside a Casing String) 14.3.2. Stub Termination (Below a Casing String)

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15.1. WELLS WITH THE ORIGINAL WELL HEAD CO-ORDINATES AND TARGET 15.1.1. Vertical Well 15.1.2. Side Track In A Vertical Well. 15.1.3. Directional Well 15.1.4. Side Track In Directional Well 15.1.5. Horizontal Well 15.1.6. Side Track In A Horizontal Well

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16.1. PROGRAMME FORMAT 16.2. IDENTIFICATION 16.3. GRAPHIC REPRESENTATIONS 16.4. CONTENTS OF THE GEOLOGICAL AND DRILLING WELL PROGRAMME 16.4.1. General Information (Section 1) 16.4.2. Geological Programme (Section 2) 16.4.3. Operation Geology Programme (Section 3) 16.4.4. Drilling Programme (Section 4)

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17.1. GENERAL 17.2. FINAL WELL REPORT PREPARATION 17.3. FINAL WELL OPERATION REPORT STRUCTURE 17.3.1. General Report Structure 17.3.2. Cluster/Platform Final Well Report Structure 17.4. AUTHORISATION 17.5. ATTACHMENTS

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Such Corporate Standards define the requirements. 1. This. AMENDMENT. 1. . IMPLEMENTATION The guidelines and policies specified herein will be applicable to all of Eni-Agip Division and Affiliates drilling engineering activities. while providing all personnel involved in Drilling & Completion activities with common guidelines in all areas worldwide where Eni-Agip operates. as such.A. it will be the responsibility of everyone concerned in the use and application of this manual to review the policies and related procedures on an ongoing basis. well testing and workover operations. 1. when the updating of the document will be advisable. Locally dictated derogations from the manual shall be approved solely in writing by the Manager of the local Drilling and Completion Department (D&C Dept. The objectives are to provide the drilling engineers with a tool to guide them through the decision making process and also arm them with sufficient information to be able to plan and prepare well drilling operations and activities in compliance with the Corporate Company principles. The final aim is to improve performance and efficiency in terms of safety. The Corporate Drilling & Completion Standards Department will consider such approved derogations for future amendments and improvements of the manual. in accordance with the development of Eni-Agip Division and Affiliates operational experience. using the Manuals & Procedures and the Technical Specifications which are part of the Corporate Standards. UPDATING. All engineers engaged in Eni-Agip Division and Affiliates drilling design activities are expected to make themselves familiar with the contents of this manual and be responsible for compliance to its policies and procedures. CONTROL& DEROGATION This manual is a ‘live’ controlled document and. however. INTRODUCTION PURPOSE AND OBJECTIVES The purpose of the Drilling design Manual is to guide experienced technicians and engineers involved in Eni-Agip’s in the production of well design/studies and in the planning of well operations world-wide. This encompasses the forecasting of pressure and temperature gradients through casing design to the compilation of the Geological Drilling Programme and Final Well Report.3. refer to Appendix A. quality and costs. Planning and preparation will include the drafting of well specific programmes for approval and authorisation.ARPO ENI S. Feedback for manual amendment is also gained from the return of completed ‘Feedback and Reporting Forms’ from drilling. methodologies and rules that enable to operate uniformly and in compliance with the Corporate Company Principles.2. it will only be amended and improved by the Corporate Company. still enables each individual Affiliated Company the capability to operate according to local laws or particular environmental situations. Accordingly.) after the District/Affiliate Manager and the Corporate Drilling & Completion Standards Department in Eni-Agip Division Head Office have been advised in writing.1. Agip Division IDENTIFICATION CODE PAGE 9 OF 230 REVISION STAP-P-1-M-6100 0 1.p.

p. i.228 Gov = where: PiP ∆t D Gov ∆H Hi = = = = = = 10 D × ∆h ∑ Hi 10 Numbers of ηsecond (calculated from sonic log for regularly depth interval. Formula used to derive the Fracture Gradient. if obtained from data (RFT. BHP gauges.1. Method for defining the Pore Pressure Gradient. electric logs.e. Agip Division IDENTIFICATION CODE PAGE 10 OF 230 REVISION STAP-P-1-M-6100 0 2. The following information must be included in the analysis: a) b) Method for calculating the Overburden Gradient. D exponent) of reference wells or from seismic analysis. Sigma logs.A. DST. every 50/100/200m) Transit time (second 10-3) Density of the formation Overburden gradient Formation interval with the same density D Total depth (Σ ∆H) . fracture) and temperature gradient. PRESSURE EVALUATION FORECAST ON PRESSURE AND TEMPERATURE GRADIENTS A well programme must contain a technical analysis including graphs of pressure gradients (overburden. c) d) The formulas normally used to calculate the Overburden Gradient are: ∆t = PiP × 1000 3.28 × ∆H ∆t − 47 ∆t + 200 D = 1. if obtained from electric logs of reference wells or from seismic analysis. production tests. 2.ARPO ENI S. pore. Source used to obtain the Temperature Gradient.

sandstone and carbonate rocks down to medium depth 0.28 for sands with shale. sandstone and carbonate rocks at great depth. .25 for clean sands. OVERPRESSURE EVALUATION There are three methods of qualitative and quantitative assessment of overpressure: a) b) c) Methods before drilling Methods while drilling Methods after drilling. Agip Division IDENTIFICATION CODE PAGE 11 OF 230 REVISION STAP-P-1-M-6100 0 Equations used by ENI Agip division for fracture gradient calculation. (when overburden gradients and pore pressure gradients have been defined).2.ARPO ENI S. are listed below: Terzaghi equation (commonly used): Gf = Gp + 2ν (Gov − Gp) 1− ν When the formation is deeply invaded with water: Gf = Gp + 2ν (Gov − Gp ) When the formation is plastic: Gf = Gov where: Gf Gov Gp v ν ν = = = = Fracture pressure Overburden gradient Formation pressure Poissions modulus when Poisson’s modulus may have the following values: = = 0. 2.p.A.

Methods Before Drilling Gradients prediction is based. provide a warning that a more careful and diligent observation must be maintained on the well.2. Although most of these methods do not provide the actual overpressure picture. the detection of formations characterised by abnormal pressures and. faults. formations tops. This initial drilling phase may be able to detect zones of potential risk but cannot guarantee against the potential presence and magnitude of abnormal pressures and. Agip Division IDENTIFICATION CODE PAGE 12 OF 230 REVISION STAP-P-1-M-6100 0 2. These can provide useful geological information such as lithology. dips. etc. abnormal pressures. successful drilling still depends on the effectiveness of the methods adopted and on the way they are used in combination.2. . However. they do signal the presence of an abnormal conditions due to the existence of an abnormally behaving zone. in the forecasting of probable pressure gradient. Provides two of the most important applications of seismic data in. analysis and processing of seismic data and data obtained from potential reference wells. the seismic data analysis may be the sole source of information available. This includes: Drilling Records These can be used in determining hole problems. on the most part.A. it is reflected in a travel time increase. The most critical situation occurs when a well with normal gradient penetrates a high pressure zone without any indications caused by faulting or outcropping at a higher elevation.1. therefore. hence caution must be exercised. wash out. Wireline Logs Seismic Surveys 2. The data from seismic surveys are analysed and interpreted to evaluate transit times and propagation velocity for each interval in the formation. lost circulation zones. Since overpressurised zones have a porosity higher than normal.ARPO ENI S.p.2. lost circulation zones. The prediction of the gradients is essential for planning the well and must be included in the drilling programme. when abnormal pressure occurs as a result of compaction only. It is obvious that if the drilling is explorative and is the first well in a specific area. many of the following real time indicators appears before a serious problem develops. required mud weights and properties. bed thicknesses. Methods While Drilling Given all the predictive methods available. formation fluid content and formation fluid pressure (pore pressure). Such methods.

ARPO ENI S. inefficient well cleaning by the drilling mud. the hole will be circulated out until bottoms up. Any time a drilling break is noticed. cavings may settle preventing the bit returning to bottom.A.3. etc. the density of the shale is decreased with a resultant increase in porosity. if any change occurs. etc. Also torque is not easy to interpret in view of many phenomena which can affect it (hole geometry.). Real Time Indicators Penetration Rate While drilling in normal pressured shales of a well. It should be noted that fill may be due to other causes. in an area of abnormal pressure. When this occurs it is confirmed when the hole must be reamed several times before a connection can be made. bottom hole assembly. Drilling Break A drilling break is defined as a rapid increase in penetration rate after a relatively long interval of slow drilling. there will be a uniform decrease in the drilling rate due to the increase in shale density. Agip Division IDENTIFICATION CODE PAGE 13 OF 230 REVISION STAP-P-1-M-6100 0 2. Therefore. The TDC Engineer is responsible for continuous monitoring and shall immediately report to the Company Drilling and Completion Supervisor. it must be thought as the second-order parameter for diagnosing abnormal pressure. Torque Torque sometimes increases when an abnormally pressured shale section is penetrated due to the swelling of plastic clay causing a decrease in hole diameter and/or accumulation of large cuttings around the bit and the stabilisers. rheological properties of mud insufficient to keep cuttings in suspension.2. Wall instability.p. such as wall instability through geomechanical reasons (fracture zones). The corrected ‘d’ exponent and Eni-Agip Sigmalog eliminate the effects of drilling parameter variations and give a representative measure of formation drillability. drilling shall be suspended and a flow check carried out. When abnormal pressure is encountered. may cause sloughing. A copy of corrected the ‘d’ exponent or Agip Sigmalog shall be sent on daily basis to the Company’s Shore Base Drilling Office by telefax for further checking. Hole Fill . When making up connections. Tight Hole During Connections Tight hole when making connections can indicate that an abnormal pressured shale is being penetrated with low mud weight. If there is any lingering doubt. deviation. the drilling rate will gradually increase as the bit enters an abnormal pressured shale.

from that previously found in overlying normally compacted shales. Agip Division IDENTIFICATION CODE PAGE 14 OF 230 REVISION STAP-P-1-M-6100 0 MWD In addition to directional drilling data. • An increase in the level of background gas. Bottomhole mud temperature can also be an indicator of overpressure as discussed below. The quantity of gas observed at the surface when circulation is resumed. MWD can provide a wide range of bottom hole drilling parameters and formation evaluation.A. mud and formation resistivity. 2. Failure to fill the hole on trips may also cause an increase in trip gas. drill pipe pulling speed. permeable formations containing gas are penetrated. It should also be noted that differential resistivity between the mud in the drill pipe and in the annular space may be considered as a kick indicator.. Indicators Depending on Lag Time Mud Gas The monitoring and interpretation of gas data are fundamental to detecting abnormally pressured zones. If the true weight and torque at the bit are known. • Trip gas may be an indication of well underbalance.ARPO ENI S. Monitoring the form and the volume of gas shows will make it easier to detect a state of negative differential pressure. or trend. gamma ray. swabbing. Formation resistivity is plotted and interpreted for pressure development. • The progressive changes.g. • Gas shows can occur when porous.p. the amount of connection gas will almost always increase. • Background gas is the gas released by the formation while drilling. differential pressure.4.g. torque at bit. the drilling rate can be normalised with more accuracy by producing a more accurate ‘d’ exponent and Agip Sigmalog. often occurs when drilling undercompacted formations. It usually is a low but steady level of gas in the mud which may be interrupted by higher levels resulting from the drilling of a hydrocarbon bearing zone or from trips and connections. . mud pressure and mud temperature.2. • Connection gas may be an indication of well imbalance (see above). e. When an undercompacted zone of uniform shale is drilled without increasing the mud weight. formation permeability. in connection gases is an important aid to evaluate differential pressure. e. the drop in pressure while static may allow gas to flow from the formation into the well. however will depend on several factors.: bottomhole weight on bit. The equivalent density applied to the formation with pumps off (static) is lower than the equivalent circulating density (dynamic) and when the well is close to balance point.

• Heat exchange in the marine riser between the mud and the sea. under ideal conditions. size and volume of cuttings: the amount of shale cuttings will usually increase. • Halts in drilling and/or circulation. The presence of seals. • Shale density: is based on the principle that bulk density in an undercompacted zone does not follow the trend of the normally compacted overlying clays and shales. which affects the speed at which the mud. The validity of the density obtained depends on the clay composition (the presence of accessory heavy minerals can greatly change the density). • Surface operations such as transfer of mud between pits. when an abnormal pressure zone is penetrated.A. the depth lagging (which can make cutting selection difficult). abnormally high compared with overlying normally pressured sequences. and the calories it contains. Accurate interpretation of these data is very difficult. etc. • Flow rate. • Shale factor: undercompacted clays which have been unable to dehydrate often have an unusually high proportion of smectite and an abnormally high shale factor.ARPO ENI S. drains or thick clay sequences is a determining factor in this analysis. the initial proportions of the clay minerals in the deposit can mask changes in shale factor and give a false alarm. along with a change in shape. This is because temperature gradients observed in undercompacted series are. • Thermophysical properties of the mud. which is dependent on the amount of cooling at surface. in general. due to a number of variables which frequently mask changes in geothermal gradient: • Inflow temperature. the mud type (reactive muds have an adverse effect on measurement quality) and clay consolidation (difficult to measure on wellsite the density of clays not sufficiently consolidated).p. • Heating effects at the bit face. or to anticipate their approach. returns up the annulus. • Shape. However. • Lithology: the lithological sequence may provide an overall indication of the possible existence of abnormal pressure. Cutting Analysis . Agip Division IDENTIFICATION CODE PAGE 15 OF 230 REVISION STAP-P-1-M-6100 0 Mud Temperature Measurement of mud temperature can also be used to detect undercompacted zones and.

For the calculation of gradient. neutron log (NL). formation density log (FDC). it lowers with depth increase (Refer to figure . while cuttings from an abnormal pressure are often long and splintered with angular edges.a).A. refer to the ‘Overpressure Evaluation Manual’. the pressured shales will burst into the wellbore rather than having being drilled. This change in shape. the resistivity of the shales increases with depth but. 2. sonic log (SL). along with an increase in the amount of cuttings at the surface. could be an indication that abnormal pressure has been encountered. Agip Division IDENTIFICATION CODE PAGE 16 OF 230 REVISION STAP-P-1-M-6100 0 • Cuttings from normal pressured shales are small with rounded edges and are generally flat.p. The most used methods for abnormal pressure detection are: Induction Log (IES) Method: Is used in sand and shale formations and consists in the plotting of the shale resistivity values at relative depths on a semilog graphic (depth in decimal scale and resistivity in logarithmical scale). in overpressure zones.2. if they are normal compacted. in this case the plot will be symmetric to that described above.2. As the differential between the pore pressure and the drilling fluid hydrostatic head is reduced.ARPO ENI S. Also it is possible to plot the values of the shale conductibility. .5. Methods After Drilling These are methods founded on the elaboration of the data from electrical logs such as: induction log (IES). The method is acceptable only in shale salt water bearing formations which have sufficient and a constant level of salinity. In formations.

A . It consists in the plotting of the shale factors on a semilog graph (depth in decimal scale and resistivity in logarithmical scale)at relative depths. the ‘Overpressure Evaluation Manual’.2. increases with depth in normal compaction zones and lowers in overpressure zones (Refer to figure 2.2-1 INDUCTION LOG 1 1500 Resistivity (OHMM) 10 100 2000 2500 3000 Top Overpresure 3500 4000 4500 5000 Figure .Induction Log Shale Formation Factor (Fsh) Method: This is more sophisticated than the IES method described above. Agip Division IDENTIFICATION CODE PAGE 17 OF 230 REVISION STAP-P-1-M-6100 0 Fig. It eliminates the inconveniences due to water salinity variation.b).A. For the gradients calculation.ARPO ENI S. The ‘Fsh’ is calculated by the following formula: Fsh = Where: Rsht Rw Rsh Rw =The shale resistivity read on the log in the points where they are most cleaned = The formation water resistivity reported in ‘Schlumberger’s tables on the ‘log interpretation chart’.p. . The value of Fsh.1.

. Agip Division IDENTIFICATION CODE PAGE 18 OF 230 REVISION STAP-P-1-M-6100 0 1 1500 F shale 10 100 2000 2500 Depth (m) 3000 Top Overpresure 3500 4000 4500 5000 Figure 2.p. from experience. It consists in the plotting.ARPO ENI S.c) For the calculation of gradient.A. The ∆t value (transit time) is read on sonic log in the shale points where they are cleanest. ∆t value lowers with the depth increase in normal compaction zones and increases with the depth in overpressure zones (Refer to figure 2. it gives the most reliability.‘F’ Shale Sonic Log (SL) Method: Also termed ‘∆t shale’.B . on a semilog graph (depth in decimal scale and transit time in logarithmical scale) of the ∆t values (transit time) at relative depths. is the most widely used as. refer to the ‘Overpressure Evaluation Manual’.

Agip Division IDENTIFICATION CODE PAGE 19 OF 230 REVISION STAP-P-1-M-6100 0 10 0 500 1000 1500 Depth (m) 2000 2500 3000 3500 4000 4500 5000 100 1000 Top Overpresure Figure 2.C Sonic log 2.3. TEMPERATURE PREDICTION The temperature at various depths to which a well is drilled must be evaluated as it has a great influence on the properties of both the reservoir fluids and materials used in drilling operations. The higher temperatures encountered at increasing depth usually have adverse effects upon materials used in drilling wells but may be beneficial in production as it lowers the viscosity of reservoir fluids allowing freer movement of the fluids through the reservoir rock. Another effect of temperature is the lowering of the strength and toughness of materials used in drilling and casing operations such as drillpipe and casing. these problems become more prevalent. In drilling operations the treating chemicals materials and clays used in drilling mud become ineffective or unstable at higher temperatures and cement slurry thickening and setting times accelerate (also due to increasing pressure).p. As technology improves and wells can be drilled even deeper. .ARPO ENI S.A.

3. Seasonal variations in surface temperatures have little effect on gradients deeper than 100ft (30m) except in permafrost regions. If the temperature gradient is not known in a new area. offset well data or any other source. formation temperature. temperature surveys will be taken at intervals which may help to confirm the accuracy of the temperature prediction. however.ARPO ENI S.1. Temperature Logging During the actual drilling of a well. the temperature gradient is well known and is only affected when in the vicinity of salt domes. is simply: T = Surface Ambient Temp + Depth/Gradient (Depth per Degree Temp) 2. Temperature Gradients The temperature of the rocks at a given point. it is recommended that a gradient of 3oC/100m be assumed. In most regions. The heat source is radiated through the rock therefore it is obvious that temperature gradients will differ throughout the various regions where there are different rocks.3. and relationship between temperature and depth is termed the thermal gradient.p. Temperature measurement during drilling may be by simple thermometer or possibly by running thermal logs. It is important therefore that the local temperature gradient is determined from previous drilling reports.A. the circulation of mud or other liquids tends to smooth out the temperature profile around the well bore and mask the distinction of the individual strata. Agip Division IDENTIFICATION CODE PAGE 20 OF 230 REVISION STAP-P-1-M-6100 0 2.2. The calculation of temperature at depth if the thermal gradient is known. . Consequently the use of temperature logs during drilling is uncommon. Temperature gradients around the world can vary from between 1oC in 110ft (35m) to 180ft (56m).

SELECTION OF CASING SEATS The selection of casing setting depths is one of the most critical factors affecting well design.size.ARPO ENI S. When planning. Drilling data from offset wells in the area. The key factor to satisfactory picking of casing seats is the assessment of pore pressure (formation fluid pressures) and fracture pressures throughout the length of the well. (Company wells or scouting information). . As the pore pressures in a formation being drilled approach the fracture pressure at the last casing seat then installation of a further string of casing is necessary. Information is sourced from: • • Evaluation of the seismic and geological background documentation used as the decision for drilling the well. run casing and the cost of equipment. figure 3. The following parameters must be carefully considered in this selection: • • • • • • • • • • • Total depth of well Pore pressures Fracture gradients The probability of shallow gas pockets Problem zones Depth of potential prospects Time limits on open hole drilling Casing program compatibility with existing wellhead systems Casing program compatibility with planned completion programme on production wells Casing availability . all available information should be carefully documented and considered to obtain knowledge of the various uncertainties.A. The following sections are to provide engineers with an outline of the criteria necessary to enable casing seat selection. Agip Division IDENTIFICATION CODE PAGE 21 OF 230 REVISION STAP-P-1-M-6100 0 3.time consumed to drill the hole.p.b show typical examples of casing seat selections. These are covered in detail in the ‘Casing Design Manual’. grade and weight Economics .

Example of idealised Casing Seat Selection . where the pore pressure P2 has risen to almost equal the fracture pressure (F1) at the first casing seat.A .p. where pore pressure P3 is almost equal to the fracture pressure F2 at the previous casing seat. Agip Division IDENTIFICATION CODE PAGE 22 OF 230 REVISION STAP-P-1-M-6100 0 • • • • Casing is set at depth 1. Another casing string is therefore set at this depth. where pore pressure is P1 and the fracture pressure is F1. be taken into account. This example does not include any safety or trip margins. Figure 3.ARPO ENI S.A. Drilling continues to depth 2. which would. with fracture pressure (F2). Drilling can thus continue to depth 3. in practice.

Agip Division IDENTIFICATION CODE PAGE 23 OF 230 REVISION STAP-P-1-M-6100 0 Figure 3.B . .Example Casing Seat Selection (for a typical geopressurised well using a pressure profile).ARPO ENI S.p.A.

In wells with subsea wellheads. the normal pressure interval below surface pipe is subjected to two detrimental effects: • • The fracture gradient may be exceeded by the mud gradient.103 x H]/[1.1. salt beds. The depth should be enough to provide a fracture gradient sufficient to allow drilling to the next casing setting point and to provide reasonable assurance that broaching to the surface will not occur in the event of BOP closure to contain a kick. 3.2. particularly if it becomes necessary to close-in on a kick The result is loss of circulation and the possibility of an underground blow-out occurring. it may need to be cased off shallower. SURFACE CASING The setting depth of surface casing should be in an impermeable section below fresh water formations. where there is near surface gravel or shallow gas. An intermediate string may be necessary to case off lost circulation. but many holes have been lost by attempts to extend the intermediate string setting depth beyond that indicated by the above rule. When a transition zone is penetrated and mud weight increased. . However.03)] where: Hi E H df = = = = Minimum driving depth (m) from seabed Elevation (m) distance from bell nipple and sea level Water depth (m) Maximum mud weight (kg/l) to be used integrated density of sediments (kg/dm3/10m) GOVhi = 3.df + 0. in general practice. The differential between mud column pressure and formation pressure is increased.p.67 x (GOVhi .3. The driving depth of the conductor pipe is established with the following formula: Hi = [df x (E+H) . INTERMEDIATE CASING The most predominant use of intermediate casing is to protect normally pressured formations from the effects of increased mud weight needed in deeper drilling operations. increasing the risk of stuck pipe. or sloughing shales.ARPO ENI S.A. The casing seat must be in an impermeable formation with sufficient fracturing resistance to allow fluid circulation to the surface. Attempts to drill with mud weight higher than this limit are sometimes successful. CONDUCTOR CASING The setting depth for conductor casing is usually shallow and selected so that drilling fluid may be circulated to the mud pits while drilling the surface hole.1. In cases of pressure reversals with depth. drilling is allowed until the mud weight is within 50gr/l of the fracture gradient measured by conducting a leak-off test at the previous casing shoe.03 . In some instances. no attempt is made to circulate through the conductor string to the surface but must be set deep enough to assist in stabilising the subsea guide base to which guide lines are attached. Agip Division IDENTIFICATION CODE PAGE 24 OF 230 REVISION STAP-P-1-M-6100 0 3. intermediate casing may be set to allow reduction of mud weight.

5. with increasing gradient. Depths. but. the fracture gradient increases relatively slowly compared to the depth of the surface casing string. Sloughing of high pressure zones can also cause stuck pipe . If increased mud weight will be required while drilling hole for the drilling liner. Emphasis is often placed on setting the surface casing to where there is an acceptable fracture gradient. it is usually better to do so before drilling the hole for the production liner. may have to be altered accordingly if depths run high or low. When pressure gradients are not increasing this can be a reasonably acceptable decision. kicks causing loss of circulation and possibly an underground blowout or the pipe becomes differentially stuck. hence the casing programme. Also. but the pressure gradients in the transition zones usually change rapidly. . any wear to the intermediate string is spanned prior to drilling the producing interval. resulting in considerable cost savings. the depth is determined by the geological objective. then leak-off tests should be specified in the Drilling Procedures in the programme for the intermediate casing shoe. 3. To ensure the integrity of the surface casing seat. The objective and method of identifying the correct depth should also be stated in the programme. By doing so. PRODUCTION CASING Whether production casing or a liner is installed. the risk is greater and should be carefully evaluated. Significantly in soft rock areas.A. Agip Division IDENTIFICATION CODE PAGE 25 OF 230 REVISION STAP-P-1-M-6100 0 This can cause either. Also. the intermediate casing can be designed for a lower burst requirement. 3. If the drilling liner is to be tied-back. Insufficient fracture gradient at the shoe may limit the depth of the drilling liner. This increases the cost of the intermediate string. Such a decision must be carefully considered as the intermediate string must be designed for burst as if it were set to the depth of the liner. leak-off tests should be specified in the Drilling Programme.ARPO ENI S. If drilling is to be continued below the drilling liner then burst requirements for the intermediate string are further increased. Greater control over potential conditions at the surfaces casing seat is affected by the intermediate casing setting depth decision. If a production liner is planned then either the production liner or the drilling liner should be tied back to the surface as a production casing. DRILLING LINER The setting of a drilling liner is often an economically attractive decision in deep wells as opposed to setting a full string.p.4. there is the possibility of continuing wear of the intermediate string that must be evaluated. It is often tempting to ‘drill a little deeper’ without setting pipe in exploratory wells.

Downgrading of a casing is only carried out after several wells are drilled in a given area and sufficient pressure data are obtained. After selecting a casing for a particular hole section. For development wells.ARPO ENI S. the practice is also to upgrade the selected casing.1. The engineer must keep in mind during the design process the major logistics problems in controlling the handling of the various mixtures of grades and weights by rig personnel without risk of installing the wrong grade and weight of casing in a particular hole section. The practice in design of surface casing is to base it on the maximum mud weights used to drill adjacent development wells. Once the factors are considered. refer to the ‘Casing Design Manual’. The selection of casing grades and weights is an engineering task affected by many factors. These pressures will obviously place controls only on the design of production casing or the production liner. it follows that cost is not always a major criterion. casing cost should be considered.p. formation pressures. . the practice is to use the highest measured bottomhole flowing pressures and well head shut-in pressures as the limiting factors for internal pressures expected in the wellbore. e. Buckling in deep and hot wells. hole depth. irrespective of any cost factor. Agip Division IDENTIFICATION CODE PAGE 26 OF 230 REVISION STAP-P-1-M-6100 0 4. the current practice is to upgrade the selected casing. Experience has shown that the use of two to three different grades or two to three different weights is the maximum that can be handled by most rigs and rig crews. logistics and various mechanical factors. For development wells. including local geology. CASING DESIGN INTRODUCTION For detailed casing design criteria and guidelines.g. irrespective of any cost factor.: • • • For exploration.A. formation temperature. If the number of different grades and weights are necessary. the designer should consider upgrading the casing in cases where: • • Extreme wear is expected from drilling equipment used to drill the next hole section or from wear caused by wireline equipment. 4. and intermediate casing. Most major operating companies have differing policies and guidelines for the design of casing for exploration and development wells.

2.p.Surface Wellhead As in onshore above. Agip Division IDENTIFICATION CODE PAGE 27 OF 230 REVISION STAP-P-1-M-6100 0 4. 4. Onshore • • • • • • • Drive/structural/conductor casing Surface casing Intermediate casings Production casing Intermediate casing and drilling liners Intermediate casing and production liner Drilling liner and tie-back string. Refer to the following sections for descriptions of the casings listed above.1. Offshore .A.Subsea Wellhead • • • • • • • Drive/structural/conductor casing Surface casing Intermediate casings Production casing Intermediate casing and drilling liners Intermediate casing and production liner Drilling liner and tie-back string.Surface Wellhead & Mudline Suspension • • • • • • Drive/structural/conductor casing Surface casing and landing string Intermediate casings and landing strings Production casing Intermediate casings and drilling liners Drilling liner and tie-back string. PROFILES AND DRILLING SCENARIOS Casing Profiles The following are the various casing configurations which can be used on onshore and offshore wells. Offshore . Offshore . .2.ARPO ENI S.

ARPO ENI S. Although these are also published in many contractors' handbooks and tables. All involved with casing design must have immediate access to the latest copy of API Bulletin 5C2 which lists the performance properties of casing.3. However. 4.A. physical and testing requirements on orders. or exceeds. Similarly. care must be taken to ensure that they are current. When using non-API pipe.p.1 below and the products available described in section 4. the API does provide for the purchaser to specify more rigorous chemical.1. in some cases. Casing Specification It is essential that design engineers are aware of any changes made to the API specifications. The area of use for this casing are also discussed in section 4. The casings available can be classified under two specifications. and design engineers should make themselves familiar with these documents and their contents. Casing specifications. It should not be interpreted from the above that only API tubulars and connections may be used in the field as some particular engineering problems are overcome by specialist solutions which are not yet addressed by API specifications. the API tolerances have been set fairly wide. . and the performance corrected if necessary.3. the designer must check the methods by which the strengths have been calculated. many of the ‘Premium’ couplings that are used in high pressure high GOR conditions are also non-API. these specifications. In fact.2.2 below give an overview of some important casing issues. it would be impossible to drill many extremely deep wells without recourse to the use of pipe manufactured outwith API specifications (non-API).3. Non-API casing manufacturers have produced products to satisfy a demand in the industry for casing to meet with extreme conditions which the API specifications do not meet. Agip Division IDENTIFICATION CODE PAGE 28 OF 230 REVISION STAP-P-1-M-6100 0 4. API and non-API. However. Usually it will be found that the manufacturer will have used the published API formulae (Bulletin 5C3). are described and discussed in the ‘Casing Design Manual’. backed up by tests to prove the performance of his product conforms to. the manufacturers have claimed their performance is considerably better than that calculated by the using API formulae. which are convenient for field use. CASING SPECIFICATION AND CLASSIFICATION There is a great range of casings available from suppliers from plain carbon steel for everyday mild service through exotic duplex steels for extremely sour service conditions.1 and 4.3.3. When this occurs the manufacturers claims must be critically examined by the designer or his technical advisors. including API and its history. Operational departments should also have a library of the other relevant API publications. and may also request place independent inspectors to quality control the product in the plant. Sections 4.3. tubing and drillpipe. It is also important to understand that to increase competition.

but the tension test is the most common and is qualitatively characteristics of all the other types of tests. deformation. Stress-Strain Diagram Tests of material performance may be conducted in many different ways. Beyond the elastic limit. sometimes called Young's modulus. is the modulus of elasticity E. If the stress is released in the region between the elastic limit and the yield strength (see above) the material will contract along a line generally nearly straight and parallel to the original elastic line.4. yield.g. The material is classed as brittle. Classification Of API Casing Casing is usually classified by: • • • • • • Outside diameter Nominal unit weight Grade of the steel Type of connection Length by range Manufacturing process.2. It is classed as ductile material. The action of a material under the gradually increasing extension of the tension test is usually represented by plotting apparent stress (the total load divided by the original crosssectional area of the test piece) as ordinates against the apparent strain (elongation between two gauge points marked on the test piece divided by the original gauge length) as abscissae. corrosion. or the ratio of stress to strain within the elastic range. Buckling may cause failure of the part without any failure of the material. deformation takes place before any final fracture occurs. and the slope of this line.4. i. As load is applied. it is seen that the elastic deformation is approximately a straight line as called for by Hooke's law. . wear. Agip Division IDENTIFICATION CODE PAGE 29 OF 230 REVISION STAP-P-1-M-6100 0 4. the shattering of glass).A. compression and shear. and if fracture occurs with little or no plastic deformation. A typical curve for steel is shown in figure 4. such as by torsion.4. and other causes. the material behaves elastically.e. 4. MECHANICAL PROPERTIES OF STEEL General Failure of a material or of a structural part may occur by fracture (e. permanent. or permanent. These failures are failures of the material. the elastic deformation is accompanied by varying amounts of plastic. some deformation may be sustained without permanent deformation.ARPO ENI S. or plastic strain occurs. With all solid materials. Beyond the elastic limit. 4. Reference should always be made to current API specification 5C2 for casing lists and performances.1. If a material sustains large amounts of plastic deformation before final fracture.p. From this.a.2. leaving a permanent set. 4.3.

A. the yielding phenomenon is less prominent and is correspondingly harder to measure. known as yielding. For steels used in the manufacturing of tubular goods the API specifies the yield strength as the tensile strength required to produce a total elongation of 0.ARPO ENI S. In materials that do not exhibit a marked yield point. The maximum stress reached in this region is called the upper yield point and the lower part of the yielding region the lower yield point.6% of the gauge length.2% is widely accepted in the industry).Stress . In the harder and stronger steels. Careful practice qualifies this by designating it the ‘proportional elastic limit’.Strain Diagram In steels. a curious phenomenon occurs after the end of the elastic limit. This is arbitrarily defined as the stress at which the material has a specified permanent set (the value of 0. and under certain conditions of temperature. Agip Division IDENTIFICATION CODE PAGE 30 OF 230 REVISION STAP-P-1-M-6100 0 Figure 4.5% and 0.A. as required by definition. it is customary to define a yield strength. Similar arbitrary rules are followed with regard to the elastic limit in commercial practice. . This gives rise to a dip in the general curve followed by a period of deformation at approximately constant load. it is customary to designate the end of the straight portion of the curve (by definition the proportional limit) as the elastic limit.p. Instead of determining the stress up to which there is no permanent set.

e. API specification 5CT ‘Restricted yield strength casing and tubing’ however specifies. and in the case of the yield point even maximum requirements (except for H 40). The denominations of the different grades are based on the minimum yield strength.ARPO ENI S. Some manufacturers produce non-API casings for H2S and deep well service where API casings do not meet requirements. The stress at the maximum point is called the tensile strength (TS) or the ultimate strength of the material and is its most often quoted property.000psi 55. This loss of area weakens the specimen so that the curve reaches a maximum and then falls off until final fracture occurs. Agip Division IDENTIFICATION CODE PAGE 31 OF 230 REVISION STAP-P-1-M-6100 0 As extension continues beyond yielding. In the design of casing and tubing strings the minimum yield strength of the steel is taken as the basis of all strength calculations As far as chemical properties are concerned.3).000psi .5.: Grade H 40 J 55 C 75 N 80 etc. Yield Strength 40. Reference to API and non-API materials should be made to suit the environment in which they are recommended to be employed. minimum requirements are laid down for the mechanical properties.A. NON-API CASING Eni-Agip Division and Affiliates policy is to use API casings whenever possible.000psi 80. the complete chemical requirements for grades C 75. The mechanical and chemical properties of casing. in API 5CT only the maximum phosphorus and sulphur contents are specified. the material becomes stronger causing a rise of the curve. tubing and drill pipe are laid down in API specifications 5CT and 5C2. but at the same time the cross-sectional area of the specimen becomes less as it is drawn out. The most common non-API grades are shown in the Casing Design Manual (STAP-P-1-M-6110-4. the quality and the quantities of other alloying elements are left to the manufacturer. Depending on the type or grade. C 95 and L 80.000psi 75. Min.g.p. 4.

A.ARPO ENI S.6. doglegs. As stated earlier.e. hence. higher joint strength than the pipe body yield strength with a few exceptions. according to API calculations. with both normal and special clearance. For connection dimensions refer to the current API specification. API connections rely on thread compound to form the seal and are not recommended for sealing over long periods of time when exposed to well high pressures and corrosive fluids as the compound can be extruded exposing the threads to corrosive fluids which in turn reduces the strength of the connection. in such conditions. The properties of both API and non-API connections are described below. API round threads and buttress threads have no metal to metal seals. etc. i. except for 20" and larger pipe where special connections could be beneficial due to having superior make-up characteristics. Problems like ‘pullouts’ or ‘jump-outs’ can happen with round thread type coupling on 103/4" casing or when also subjected to bending stresses. When subjected to high pressure gas. have less strength than the corresponding pipe body. Extreme line thread which is integral with either normal or special clearance.p. than if the pipe and coupling had the same strength. connections with metal-to-metal seals. Buttress threads also stab and enter easier than round threads. should be utilised. and/or corrosive environment this sealing method may fail. API connections are normally used on all surface and intermediate casing and drilling liners. 4. should be used whenever possible. Round thread couplings.1. Round thread long which is coupled. the seal in API thread is created by the thread compound which contains metal which fill the void space between the threads. API Connections The types of API connections available are: • • • • Round thread short which is coupled. Therefore. retains full strength.6. According to API standards the coupling shall be of the same grade as the pipe except grade H 40 and J 55 which may be furnished with grade J 55 or K 55 couplings. This in turn requires heavier pipe to meet design requirements. therefore. . Buttress threads have. Sealing on premium connections are provided by at least one metal-to-metal seal which prevents this exposure of the threads to corrosive elements. Agip Division IDENTIFICATION CODE PAGE 32 OF 230 REVISION STAP-P-1-M-6100 0 4. Buttress thread which is coupled. temperature variations. short or long. CONNECTIONS The selection of a casing connection is dependant upon whether the casing is exposed to wellbore fluids and pressures. directional drilled holes. Non-API or premium connections are generally used on production casing and production liners in producing wells.

the collapse load should be evaluated and the string sections upgraded if necessary. Specification of the mechanical strength of the pipe. Estimation of the extent to which the pipe will deteriorate through time and quantification of the impact that this will have on its strength. respectively. 4. Changing external pressure caused by plastic formation creep. H2S or squeeze/acid operations. Improper handling and make-up. This list is by no means comprehensive because new research is still in progress. collapse and axial loads or tension). grades and section lengths have been determined to satisfy the burst and collapse loading. these include: • • • • • • • • • Buckling. Thermal and dynamic stress. As there is little point in designing for loads that are not encountered in the field. Agip Division IDENTIFICATION CODE PAGE 33 OF 230 REVISION STAP-P-1-M-6100 0 4. Once the weights. . Subsidence effects and the effect of bending in crooked hole.7. Estimation of the formation strength using rock and soil mechanics. Next. Besides the three basic conditions (burst. The final step is a check on biaxial reductions in burst strength and collapse resistance caused by compression and tension loads. Various types of wear caused by mechanical friction. the tension load can then be evaluated.p.A. or in having a casing that is disproportionally strong in relating to the underlying formations.ARPO ENI S. there are clearly four major elements to casing design: • • • • Definition of the loading conditions likely to be encountered throughout the life of the well. APPROACH TO CASING DESIGN Casing design is basically a stress analysis procedure which is fully described in the ‘Casing Design Manual’.1. Wellbore confining stress. Changing internal pressure caused by production or stimulation. The steps in the design process are: 1) 2) 3) 4) 5) Consider the loading for burst first. If these reductions show the strength of any part of the section to be less than the potential load.7. the section should again be upgraded. The pipe can be upgraded as necessary as the loads are found and the coupling type determined. Wellbore Forces Various wellbore forces affect casing design. since burst will dictate the design for most of the string.

Possible damage to casing during transport and storage. As a consequence a of this and due to the fact that tubing has to combat corrosion effects from formation fluid. cost. This however. The use of excessively high design factors guarantees against failure. wrenches or inner defects due to cracks. in practice. The use of low design factors requires accurate knowledge about the loads to be imposed on the casing. a higher DF is used for tubing than casing. Uncertainties regarding collapse pressure formulas. whereas. Casing is generally designed to withstand stress which.p. pitting. The risk is usually due to the assumed values and therefore the accuracy of the design factors used.2. The DF will vary with the capability of the steel to resist damage from the handling and running equipment. Reliability of listed properties of the various steels used and the uncertainty in the determination of the spread between ultimate strength and yield strength. Agip Division IDENTIFICATION CODE PAGE 34 OF 230 REVISION STAP-P-1-M-6100 0 4.ARPO ENI S. is idealistic and never actually occurs.A. . Some determinations are usually necessary and some degree of risk has to be accepted. but provide excessive strength and. it seldom encounters due to the assumptions used in calculations. Also casing is installed and cemented in place whereas tubing is often pulled and re-used. etc. Damage to the steel from slips. Probability of the casing needing to bear the maximum load provided in the calculations. hence. production tubing has to bear pressures and tensions which are known with considerable accuracy. Design Factor (DF) The design process can only be completed if knowledge of all anticipated forces is available. The value selected as the DF is a compromise between margin and cost. due to dynamic loads or particular well conditions. Rotational wear by the drill string while drilling.7. Design factors are necessary to cater for: • • • • • • • Uncertainties in the determination of actual loads that the casing needs to withstand and the existence of any stress concentrations.

Application of Design Factors The minimum performance properties of tubing and casing from the ‘API’ bulletin are only used to determine the chosen casing is within the DF.ARPO ENI S. . The loading conditions are not always precisely known in casing design.10 L 80 1.20 All Grades 1.05 C 75 1. therefore invalidating the criteria on which burst and collapse resistance are calculated.05 J 55 1.70 > C-95 1.10 P 110 1.80 Tension The tensile DF must be considerably higher than the previous factors to avoid exceeding the elastic limit and. Design Factors The following DF’s must be used in casing design calculations: Casing Grade Design Factor H 40 1.10 Burst N 80 1. Note 4. grade. Burst For the chosen casing (diameter. Use the lowest value from columns 20-27 of the API casing tables and divide by the DF to obtain the joint strength for design calculation. implies that the actual physical properties and loading conditions are exactly known and that a specific margin is being allowed for safety.10 C 95 1.10 Collapse < C-95 1. weight and thread) take the lowest value from API casing tables columns 13-19.10 Q 125 1.7.3.A. Agip Division IDENTIFICATION CODE PAGE 35 OF 230 REVISION STAP-P-1-M-6100 0 4.p.7.10 C 90 1.05 K 55 1. and therefore in the context of casing design the term ‘Safety Factor’ should be avoided. This value divided by DF gives the internal pressure resistance of casing to be used for design calculation Use only column 11 of API casing tables and divide by the DF to obtain the collapse resistance for design calculation. It should be recognised that the Design Factor used in the context of casing string design is essentially different from the ‘Safety Factor’ used in many other engineering applications.4. Collapse Tension Note: The term ‘Safety Factor’ as used in tubing design.

the wellhead burst pressure limit is taken as 60% of the value obtained as the difference between the fracture pressure at the casing shoe and the pressure of a gas column to surface but in any case not less than 2.000psi (140atm). Internal Pressure The bottomhole burst pressure limit is set equal to the predicted fracture gradient of the formation below the casing shoe.A. or net pressure. . In any case it shall never be considered less than 2.1. See ‘BOP selection criteria’ in section 9. surface and bottomhole casing burst resistance must first be established according to the company procedure outlined below. the pressure rating of the pipe. the pressure from bottom-hole to surface will assume different profiles according to the position of influx into the wellbore.3kg/dm is normally used for this calculation.8.000psi (140atm). or higher than.1 (if atm) At the shoe .Air Gap) x Seawater Density x 0. and is generally set equal to that of the working pressure rating of the wellhead and BOP equipment 2 but with a minimum of 140kg/cm . Surface Casing The wellhead burst pressure limit is arbitrary.p.Water Depth x Seawater Density x 0.1. the external from internal pressure. the external pressure is assumed to be equal to the hydrostatic pressure of a column of drilling mud. In wells with subsea wellheads: At the wellhead .8. When taking a gas kick. Agip Division IDENTIFICATION CODE PAGE 36 OF 230 REVISION STAP-P-1-M-6100 0 4. The plotted pressure versus depth will produce a curve. as the specific gravities of any gases which may be encountered will usually be greater than that of methane. Consideration should be given to the pressure rating of the wellhead and BOP equipment which must always be equal to. To evaluate the burst loading.(Shoe Depth . DESIGN CRITERIA Burst Burst loading on the casing is induced when internal pressure exceeds external pressure. will be obtained by subtracting. at each depth. The use of methane for this calculation is the ‘worst case’ when the specific gravity of gas is unknown. the wellhead burst pressure limit will be 60% of the calculated surface pressure obtained as difference between the fracture pressure at the casing shoe with a gas column to surface.ARPO ENI S. Methane gas (CH4) with 3 density of 0. Connect the wellhead and bottomhole burst pressure limits with a straight line to obtain the maximum internal burst load verses depth. External Pressure In wells with surface wellheads.1 (if atm) Net Pressure The resultant load. With a subsea wellhead. 4. When an oversize BOP having a capacity greater than that necessary is selected.

Net Burst Pressure The resultant burst pressure is obtained by subtracting the external from internal pressure versus depth.p. . In subsea wellheads. With a subsea wellhead. hydrostatic seawater pressure should be considered. at the wellhead.ARPO ENI S. Agip Division IDENTIFICATION CODE PAGE 37 OF 230 REVISION STAP-P-1-M-6100 Intermediate Casing 0 Internal Pressure The wellhead burst pressure limit is taken as 60% of the calculated value obtained as difference between the fracture pressure at the casing shoe and the pressure of a gas column to wellhead. Connect the wellhead and bottom-hole burst pressure limits with a straight line to obtain the maximum internal burst pressure External Pressure The external collapse pressure is taken to be equal to that of the formation pressure. the wellhead burst pressure limit is taken as 60% of the value obtained as the difference between the fracture pressure at the casing shoe and the pressure of a gas column to the wellhead minus the seawater pressure The bottom-hole burst pressure limit is equal to that of the predicted fracture gradient of the formation below the casing shoe.A.

. and this pressure is applied to the top of the packer fluid (i. Agip Division IDENTIFICATION CODE PAGE 38 OF 230 REVISION STAP-P-1-M-6100 0 Production Casing The ‘worst case’ burst load condition on production casing occurs when a well is shut-in and there is a leak in the top of the tubing. therefore the fracture pressure at perforation depth and at the well head pressure minus the hydrostatic head in the casing plus a safety margin of 70kg/cm2 (1.p.A.3kg/dm3). With a subsea wellhead.ARPO ENI S. Internal Pressure The wellhead burst limit is obtained as the difference between the pore pressure of the reservoir fluid and the hydrostatic pressure produced by a colum of fluid which is usually gas (density = 0. hydrostatic seawater pressure should be considered. Note: If it is foreseen of that stimulation or hydraulic fracturing operations may be necessary in future. The bottom-hole pressure burst limit is obtained by adding the wellhead pressure burst limit to the annulus hydrostatic pressure exerted by the completion fluid. the mud weight in which casing is installed. Note: It is usually assumed that the completion fluid and mud on the outside of the casing remains homogeneous and retain their original density values.000psi) will be assumed.e. However this is not actually the case particularly with heavy fluids but it is also assumed that the two fluids will degrade similarly under the same conditions of pressure and temperature. Net Burst Pressure The resultant burst pressure is obtained by subtracting the external from internal pressure at each depth. completion fluid) in the tubing-casing annulus. Actual gas/oil gradients can be used if information on these are known and available. at the wellhead. equal to or close to. External Pressure The external pressure is taken to be equal to that of the formation pressure. Generally the completion fluid density is. or in the tubing hanger. Connect the wellhead and bottom-hole burst pressure limits with a straight line to obtain the maximum internal burst pressure.

these values must be used to design the intermediate casing string as well as the liner. the casing above where the liner is suspended must withstand the burst pressure that may occur while drilling below the liner. Collapse Pipe collapse will occur if the external force on a pipe exceeds the combination of the internal force plus the collapse resistance.8. In offshore wells with a subsea wellhead. Internal Pressure External Pressure Net Collapse Pressure . The solution to this problem is to run and tie-back a string of casing from the liner top to surface. it is calculated: At the wellhead . Surface Casing For wells with a surface wellhead. No allowance is given to increased collapse resistance due to cementing.ARPO ENI S. Agip Division IDENTIFICATION CODE PAGE 39 OF 230 REVISION STAP-P-1-M-6100 0 Intermediate Casing and Liner If a drilling liner is to be used in the drilling of a well.1 (if atm).2. the casing above the liner is part of the production string and must be designed according to this criteria Tie-Back String In a high pressure well. The resultant collapse pressure is obtained by subtracting the internal pressure from external pressure at each depth.(Shoe Depth .Air Gap) x Seawater Density x 0. the casing is assumed to be completely empty. isolating the intermediate casing. When well testing or producing through a liner. The design of the intermediate casing string is. The reduced collapse resistance under biaxial stress (tension/collapse) should be considered. the internal pressure assumes that the mud level drops due to a thief zone In wells with a surface wellhead. Since the fracture pressure and mud weight may be greater or lower below the liner shoe than casing shoe. 4. altered slightly.p. the external pressure is assumed to be equal to that of the hydrostatic pressure of a column of drilling mud.1 (if atm). In offshore wells with subsea wellheads. At the shoe . the intermediate casing string above a liner may be unable to withstand a tubing leak at surface pressures according to the production burst criteria.Water Depth x Seawater Density x 0. therefore.A.

ARPO ENI S. L'origine riferimento non è stata trovata. When thief zones cannot be confirmed.03 (kg/cm2/10m) Then H = Hloss (dm-1.03)/dm Hloss dm Gp = = = Depth at which circulation loss is expected (m) Mud density expected at Hloss (kg/dm2) Pore pressure of thief zone (kg/cm2/10m) .03 as gradient. Agip Division IDENTIFICATION CODE PAGE 40 OF 230 REVISION STAP-P-1-M-6100 0 Internal Pressure Intermediate Casing The ‘worst case’ collapse loading occurs when a loss of circulation is encountered while drilling the next hole section with the maximum allowable mud weight. nevertheless in particular well situations.Gp)/dm If Gp = 1. or otherwise. under these circumstances. Consequently it will be assumed the casing is empty to the height (H) calculated as follows: (Hloss-H) x dm = Hloss x Gp H = Hloss (dm . the mud level inside the casing is assumed to drop to an equilibrium level where the mud hydrostatic pressure equals the pore pressure of the thief zone. Production Casing During the productive life of well.p. the Drilling and Completions Manager may consider that the lowest casing internal pressure is the level of a column of the lightest density producible formation fluid. In wells with subsea wellheads. the production casing string could be partially or completely empty. tubing leaks often occur.usually Normally pressured with 1. The uniform external pressure exerted by salt on the casing or cement sheath through overburden pressure. should be given a value equal to the true vertical depth of the relative point. as is the case in exploration wells. the casing is assumed to be half empty and the remaining part of the casing full of the heaviest mud planned to drill the next section below the shoe.). The ideal solution is to design for zero pressure inside the casing which provides full safety. Also wells may be on artificial lift. Internal Pressure . during the collapse design. Eni-Agip division and associates suggests that on wells with surface wellheads. Net Collapse Pressure The effective collapse line is obtained by subtracting the internal pressure from external at each depth. This would result in the mud level inside the casing dropping to an equilibrium level where the mud hydrostatic equals the pore pressure of the thief zone (Refer to Errore. External Pressure The pressure acting on the outside of casing is the pressure of mud in which casing is installed.A. or have plugged perforations or very low internal pressure values and.

should be given a value equal to the true vertical depth of the relative point. the net pressure is equal to the external pressure at each depth. Agip Division IDENTIFICATION CODE PAGE 41 OF 230 REVISION STAP-P-1-M-6100 0 External Pressure Assume the hydrostatic pressure exerted by the mud in which casing is installed. Tie-Back String If the intermediate string above the liner is unable to withstand the collapse pressure calculated according to production collapse criteria. the casing above the liner is part of the production casing/liner and must be designed according to this criteria. the casing above where the liner is suspended must withstand the collapse pressure that may occur while drilling below the liner. Net Collapse Pressure In this case of the casing being empty. The uniform external pressure exerted by salt on the casing or cement sheath through overburden pressure.Fluid Height Calculation . Intermediate Casing and Liner If a drilling liner is to be used in the drilling of a well. In other cases it will be the difference between external and internal pressures at each depth.p.A. it will be necessary run and tie-back a string of casing from the liner top to surface. Figure 4.B .ARPO ENI S. When well testing or producing through a liner.

A. To evaluate the tensile loading. which justifies the preference for the simpler approximation method.p. The DF imposed is therefore much larger. Add the additional load due to bumping the cement plug to the casing string weight in mud. the differences in the calculated values are quite small. the company procedure outlined below applies.ARPO ENI S. Tension Surface Casing Calculate the casing string weight in air. the total tensile load line may be constructed graphically. A calculation of this kind is an approximation because the assumption has been made that: • No buoyancy changes occur during cementing. • The pressure is applied only at the bottom and not where there are changes in section.8. Once the magnitude and location of the forces are determined. Note: This pull load is calculated by multiplying the expected bump-plug pressure by the inside area of the casing. . Calculate the casing string weight in mud multiplying the previous weight by the buoyancy factor (BF) in accordance with the mud weight in use. Agip Division IDENTIFICATION CODE PAGE 42 OF 230 REVISION STAP-P-1-M-6100 0 4.3. As seen with the previous case. Note: more than one section of the casing string may be loaded in compression. Tension Note: The amount of parameters which can affect tensile loading means the estimates for the tensile forces are more uncertain than the estimates for either burst and collapse.

4. grades.A. which is tensile loading versus depth. reduction in burst resistance needs to be applied due to biaxial loading. section lengths and coupling types are known. By noting the magnitude of tension (plus) or compression (minus) loads at the top and bottom of each section length of casing. but the correction adopted by the API (API Bulletin 5C3) is only valid for D/t ratios of about 15 or less. is used to evaluate the effect of biaxial loading and can be shown graphically. and the weights. see figure 4.ARPO ENI S. Effects On Collapse Resistance The collapse strength of casing is seriously affected by axial load. the upper section of casing string may need to be upgraded. Agip Division IDENTIFICATION CODE PAGE 43 OF 230 REVISION STAP-P-1-M-6100 0 4. The adverse effects of tension on collapse resistance usually affects the upper portion of a casing string which is under tension reducing the collapse resistance of the pipe. Note: Fortunately most times. the biaxial effects of axial stress on collapse resistance are insignificant. As can be seen from figure 4.1. the strength reductions can be calculated using the ‘Holmquist & Nadai’ ellipse. . Note: The effects of axial stress on burst resistance are negligible for the majority of wells.9.c. The total tensile load. collapse and tension. increasing tension reduces collapse resistance where it eventually reaches zero under full tensile yield stress.p.c. In principle collapse resistance is reduced or increased when subjected to axial tension or compression loading.9. After these calculations. BIAXIAL STRESS When the entire casing string has been designed for burst.

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Effect Of Tension On Collapse Resistance .4 Tensile load Pipe body yield strength 0.8 0. Refer to figure 4. Multiply the collapse resistance by the percentage (Y).7 0. Calculate the ratio (X) of the actual applied stress to yield strength of the casing. without tensile loads to obtain the reduced collapse resistance value.6 0.1 Collapsresistence with tensile load Collapse resistence without tensile load 0.1 0.2.1 Y= Figure 4.6 0.A. Company Design Procedure The value for the percentage reduction of rated collapse strength is determined as follows: 1) 2) 3) 4) Determine the total tensile load.8 0.3 0.1 0. The collapse resistance increases towards the bottom as the tension decreases.5 0. Agip Division IDENTIFICATION CODE PAGE 45 OF 230 REVISION STAP-P-1-M-6100 0 4.9.2 0.9 1 1.p.9 1 1.7 0.ARPO ENI S.D . X= 0 0 0.5 0.2 0.d and curve ‘effect of tension on collapse resistance’ and find the corresponding percentage collapse rating (Y).4 0.3 0. This is the collapse pressure which the casing can withstand at the top of the string.

62 = 274t 1.A.3.ARPO ENI S.445 and the collapse resistance with tensile load can be determined Collapse resistance under load = Nominal Collapse Rating x 0.000lbs (338 t) = 0.9.859 = 5.p.1kg/dm3.445 . BTR casing with the shoe at a depth of 5. N 80. Collapse resistance without tensile load Pipe body yield strength Buoyancy factor Weight in air of casing Weight in mud of casing = 8. 32lbs/ft (4kg/m).750 x 47.610psi (605 kg/cm2) = 745.695 then Y = 0. Agip Division IDENTIFICATION CODE PAGE 46 OF 230 REVISION STAP-P-1-M-6100 0 4.000 = 274 x 0.695 Pipe Body Yield Strength 338 From the curve or stress curve factors in figure 4.750m and a mud weight of 1.d if X = 0. Example Collapse Calculation Determine the collapse resistance of 7".859 = 235 t x= Weight in mud of casing 235 = = 0.

A.52 × α × D × Af where: α D Af TB = = = = Rate (degrees 30m) Outside diameter of casing (ins) Cross-section area of casing (cm2) Additional tension (kg) . the following formula should be used: B = 15.Bending Stress Bending is caused by any deviations in the wellbore resulting from side-tracks.e) Figure 4. The bending of the pipe causes additional stress in the walls of the pipe.2. Agip Division IDENTIFICATION CODE PAGE 47 OF 230 REVISION STAP-P-1-M-6100 0 4.E . This bending causes tension on the outside of the pipe and in compression on the inside of the bend.p.10. Determination Of Bending Effect For determination of the effect of bending. assuming the pipe is not already under tension (Refer to figure 4.1. it must be deducted from the usable rated tensile strength of the pipe.10. General When calculating tension loading. build-ups and drop-offs. the effect of bending should be considered if applicable.ARPO ENI S.10. BENDING 4. Since bending load increases the total tensile load. 4.

ARPO ENI S.p. Agip Division IDENTIFICATION CODE PAGE 48 OF 230 REVISION STAP-P-1-M-6100 0 The formula is obtained from the two following equations: σ= where: MB D J σ MB × D 2× J = = = = = = Bending moment (MB = E x J/R) (Kg x cm) Outside diameter of casing (cm) Inertia moment (cm4) Bending stress (kg/cm2) Bending stiffness (kg x cm2) Radius of curvature (cm) ExJ R σ= where: MB × L E×J = = = = = Bending moment (kg x cm) Arch length (cm) Modulus of elasticity (kg/cm2) Inertia moment (cm4) Change in angle of deviation (radians) MB L E J θ Obtaining MB = θ×E×J thus the equation becomes: L θ×E×D 2×L σ= .A.

it must be deducted from the usable strength rating of each section of pipe that passes the point of bending. in effect. The result is that bending is a much more severe problem with large diameter casing than with smaller sizes. At the same time. the weight of casing is approximately proportional to its diameter. increases tensile load at the point applied.000kg/mm2 = 2. From that point up to the top of the section the full usable strength can be used. Company Design Procedure Since bending load. joint tension strength rises a little less than the direct ratio. The section which is ultimately set through a bend must have the bending load deducted from its usable strength up to the top of the bend. we obtain the final form of the equation for ‘TB’ as follows: θ= TB Af θ × E × D × Af 2×L TB = R= L= 180 × 30 π×α 1 R π × α × E × D × Af 180 × 2 × 30 π × α × 2.1 x 106kg/cm2 TB = ( ) TB = 15.25” to 0.52 x α x D x Af when: Af α TB W Note: = = = = Square inches Degrees/100ft 218 x α x D x Af (lbs) or 63 x α x D x W(lbs) Casing weight (lbs/ft) Since most casing has a relatively narrow range of wall thickness (from 0. 4.p.1 × 10 6 (25 × 4 ) × D × Af × 2 × 180 30 × 100 TB = E = 21. This means the value of the bending load increases with the square of the pipe diameter for any given value of build-up/drop-off rate.A.3.ARPO ENI S. Agip Division IDENTIFICATION CODE PAGE 49 OF 230 REVISION STAP-P-1-M-6100 0 Then.10.60”). by using the more current units giving the build-up or drop-off angles in degrees/30 m. .

BTR Directional well with casing shoe at 2.00 = 214t Wm = 214 x 0.4.375 x 133. . See figure 4.000lbs (707t) Design factor : 1.14 x 2.52 x 3 x 13.7 Calculation: Casing weight in air (Wa) Casing weight in mud (Wm) Wa = 107. (MD) Kick-off point at 300m Build-up rate: 3°/30m Maximum angle: 30° Mud weight : 1.A.441kg = 83t This stress will be added to the tensile stress already existing on the curved section of hole. C 75.99 = 83. 5) Total tension in the casing at 300m = 156 + 83 = 239t Tension in the casing at 600m (MD) =129t.859 = 184t Additional tension due to the bending effect (TB) TB = 15.1kg/dm3 Pipe body yield strength: 1. Example Bending Calculation Data: Casing: OD.558.p.14kg/m).ARPO ENI S. Total tension in the casing at 600m (MD) = 129 + 83 = 212t.10. Agip Division IDENTIFICATION CODE PAGE 50 OF 230 REVISION STAP-P-1-M-6100 0 4. Tension in the casing at 300m(TVD)=156t.000m.f for the graphical representation of the example. 13 3/8". 72lbs/ft (107.

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Agip Division IDENTIFICATION CODE PAGE 52 OF 230 REVISION STAP-P-1-M-6100 0 4.11.ARPO ENI S.G . CASING WEAR 4. The burst and collapse resistance of worn casing is in direct proportion to its remaining wall thickness.A. Figure 4.1.Casing Wear .p. General Casing wear decreases the performance properties of casing.11.


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A major contributing factor to reducing the life of a casing string is poor handling throughout the supply chain. All personnel in this chain must adopt the proper handling procedures. The major factors affecting casing wear are: • • • • • • Rotary speed Tool joint lateral load and diameter Drilling rate Inclination of the hole Severity of dog legs Wear factor.

The location and magnitude of volumetric wear in the casing string can be estimated by calculating the energy imparted from the rotating tool joints to the casing at different casing points and dividing this by the amount of energy required to wear away a unit volume of the casing. The percentage casing wear at each point along the casing is then calculated from the volumetric wear. Eni-Agip acceptable casing wear limit is </= 7%. Volumetric wear is proportional to an empirical ‘wear factor’ which is defined as the coefficient of friction divided by the volume of casing material removed per unit of energy input. The wear factor depends upon several variables including : • • • • Note: Mud properties Lubricants Drill solids Tool-joint roughness. The chemical action of gases such as H2, CO2 and O2 tends to reduce the surface hardness of steel and, thus, contributes significantly to the rate of wear.

4.11.2. Volumetric Wear Rate The volume of casing worn away by the rotating tool joint equals: Wear Volume Per Foot(V) = where: Specific Energy = The amount of energy required to wear away a unit volume of casing material.

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The frictional energy imparted to the casing by the rotating tool joint equals: Energy Input Per Foot = Friction Force Per Foot x Sliding Distance where: Friction Force Per Foot Sliding Distance and: Tool Joint Contact Time = where: S TJL P DPJL. = = = = Drilling Distance Tool Joint Length Rate of Penetration Drill Pipe Joint Length = = Friction Factor x Tool Joint Lateral Load Per Foot n x TJ Diameter x Rotary Speed x Contact Time


The lateral load on the drill pipe equals: Drill Pipe Lateral load per Foot (L) = where: TJLLPF = TJL DPJL. = = Tool Joint Lateral Load Per Foot Tool Joint Length Drill Pipe Joint Length


The Wear Factor controlling the wear efficiency is defined as: Wear Factor = Friction Factor/Specific Energy Combining the above equations. shows that the Wear Volume, V, equals:

where: V F L D N S P

60 x π x F x L x D x N x S P
= = = = = = = Wear Volume Per Foot (ins3/ft) Wear factor (ins2/lbs) Lateral Load on Drill Pipe Per Foot (lbs/ft) Tool Joint Diameter (ins) Rotary Speed (RPM) Drilling Distance (ft) Penetration Rate (ft/hr)


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The tool joint and drill pipe lengths do not appear in Equation 6 because they do not effect the amount of casing wear in the linear model. Note: Wear volume increases non-linearly with wear depth, because grooves become wider as the wear depth increases.

4.11.3. Wear Factors Wear Factor (F) Drilling Fluid Water+Betonite+Barite Water+Betonite+Lubricant (2%) Water+Betonite+Drill Solids Water Water+Betonite Water+Betonite+Barite Water+Betonite+Barite Water+Betonite+Barite Tool Joint Smooth Smooth Smooth Smooth Smooth Slightly Rough Rough Very Rough Table 4.A - Typical Casing Wear Factors Wear Factor Drilling Fluid Water+Betonite+Barite Water Tool Joint Rubber Protector (10-1 psi-l) 1-2 (10-1 psi-l) 0.5 0.5 - 5 5 - 10 10 - 30 10 - 30 20 - 50 50 - 150 200 - 400

Rubber Protector 4 - 10 Table 4.B - Typical Casing Wear Factors (Shell-Bradley, 1975)

Mud Weight Drilling Fluid Oil+Bentonite Water+Bentonite Water+Bentonite Water+Betontite Water+Betontite Water+Betontite (lbs/al) 10 10 10 10 10 8.8

Tool Joint Smooth Smooth Smooth Smooth Smooth Smooth

Weighting Material Barite Barite Iron Oxide Drill Solids Sand None

Wear Factor (10-l0psi-1) 0.9 - 1.2 0.8 - 1.6 3-4 5 - 11 11 - 13 22 - 27

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4.11.4. Wear Allowance In Casing Design With the design loads recommended it is highly unlikely that a reduction in collapse resistance due to wear will be critical at shallow depths or similarly that the reduction in burst resistance will be critical at the lower end of the casing string. The most likely wear points in a deviated wells are at the kick-off point and near surface in the vertical portion where buckling may occur (particularly at the top of cement). In the vertical wells, wear points may also develop at the top of cement if buckling occurs but unless there are known sudden changes in formation dip, which could cause a large ‘drilled dogleg’, wear is likely to be small and uniformly spread over the entire length of the string. For most purposes, consideration of wear allowances can be restricted to deviated wells, with the most likely wear point at the kick-off point where burst reduction will be the prime consideration. Since wear estimates are order-of-magnitude calculations, it is recommended that wear allowances be considered only in cases where the burst (or collapse) resistance of the casing at the wear point will be approached during the anticipated operating time in the string. In marginal cases, it may well prove cost effective to run a base caliper survey to re-survey the casing prior to entering a hydrocarbon bearing zone (or pressure test the casing to the equivalent of the burst pressures anticipated from the zone) than to run heavy walled casing through all the anticipated wear sections. The recommended procedure is therefore: 1) 2) Conduct the casing design. At the wear points, calculate the allowable reduction in wall-thickness so that the burst (or collapse) resistance of the casing just equals the burst (or collapse) load, including the appropriate Design Factor applied. Estimate the wear rate in terms of loss of wall thickness per operating day. Calculate, from the allowable loss in wall thickness and the rate of wear, the allowable operating time in the string.

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If the allowable operating time is less than the anticipated operating time, use heavier casing (or increases the grade) 100m above and to 60m below the wear point until the allowable operating time exceeds the anticipated operating time. If the allowable operating time is greater than the anticipated operating time (say estimated 50 days allowable versus estimated 20 days operating) do not include a wear allowance. If the allowable operating time and the anticipated operating time are about the same, either: a) b) include a wear allowance or monitor casing wear during drilling, and commission an intermediate string if the worn casing strength approaches the design loads.

In any given situation whether option a) or b) is exercised will be dependent upon a number of factors, many of which are beyond the scope of routine casing design.

In any event. Because the reduction in burst and collapse rating is directly proportional to wall thickness the revised theoretical value may be calculated. particularly in remote locations. in a vertical well. Again the casing over these depths can be of a higher grade or heavier wall thickness. it may be justified. followed by runs at discrete intervals during the drilling phase. However. In deviated wells. If wear is proven to have occurred. but it may be too high. in rank wildcats. the deeper objectives of the well may not be reached. option b) is preferred. wear will be over the build-up and drop-off sections. 4. However. In most cases. conditions as drilling proceeds may indicate that the design loads assumed are not going to be encountered and the reduction in casing strength is acceptable. Agip Division IDENTIFICATION CODE PAGE 57 OF 230 REVISION STAP-P-1-M-6100 0 Option a) Is the conservative approach.11.ARPO ENI S. Company Design Procedure There is no reliable method of predicting casing wear and defining the corresponding reduction in casing performance.5. Consideration should be given to increasing the grade or wall thickness of the first few joints below the wellhead.A. therefore. . and an intermediate string has to be commissioned early. given the gross uncertainties inherent in wear estimations.p. valuable data on casing wear in the area will be obtained and field practices may be improved as result of the attention paid to wear. casing wear is usually in the first few joints below the wellhead or intervals with a high dogleg severity. Option b) Requires a base caliper survey to be run immediately after installing the casing string. The normal procedure to cater for possible wear when designing casing is to select the next casing grade or wall thickness. eventually leading to a reduction in overall wear rates.

hole enlargement and the well's overall casing programme. This technique is probably the most reliable and safest approach for preventing casing collapse but is probably not necessary in the majority of salt sections. With regards to trouble free drilling. Agip Division IDENTIFICATION CODE PAGE 58 OF 230 REVISION STAP-P-1-M-6100 0 4.12. two strings may be more advantageous as experience has demonstrated that it is not practical to design a casing string to resist collapse. using casing with higher than normal collapse ratings and possibly two strings of casing through the salt section. There are other factors that have to not be under evaluated such as: • • • Control of gas flows from porous zones interbedded in the salt. The problem of salt formations has to be assessed on an individual well to well and/or area to area basis. Prevent casing collapse during the drilling and the production life of the well. mud problems from salt contamination. The rate of salt flow is a function of its composition.A. obtaining the best possible cement job. the designer should plan for non-uniform salt loading.ARPO ENI S. . sticking due to salt flow. To prevent casing collapse.p. differential sticking in porous zones. are the prime factors to be considered. The objectives for drilling through salt zones should be: • • To achieve trouble free drilling. temperature. depth or overburden pressure and also probably influenced by how it is bedded or interbedded with other formations. SALT SECTIONS Salt formations often exhibit plastic flow properties which can cause exceedingly high loads on casing. In some cases. Abnormal pressure due to entrapment of pressure by salt Shale sloughing from interbedded or boundary shales.

A. certain guidelines can be considered: • • • • • For production casing exposed to salt formations. The uniform external pressure exerted by salt on the casing (or cement sheath) due to overburden pressure should be given a value equal to the true vertical depth to the point in question. Any beneficial effects of the cement sheath should be ignored during design of the casing. If the pipe is well cemented. Proper cement placement opposite a salt section is often difficult due to washout. it is sufficient to design for collapse load in the traditional mode (overburden pressure/design factor). it may help to run heavier wall casing. In this case. additional axial forces due to hole curvature should be considered when determining the collapse resistance of the casing. . Agip Division IDENTIFICATION CODE PAGE 59 OF 230 REVISION STAP-P-1-M-6100 0 4.12. Company Design Procedure In designing casing for any application.1. If the wellbore is deviated. If the casing is poorly cemented the collapse effect may be very high.ARPO ENI S. assume the casing will be always evacuated at some point during the well life. the accepted design load is the one for which the casing is subjected to the greatest conceivable loads. In the particular case of casing design opposite salt formations.p. Conclusions: • • • Running casing in salt sections is rather a cementing problem than a casing problem.

4. Exploration And Appraisal Wells Routine measures to be taken during drilling include: • • • Use of casing and wellhead equipment with a metallurgy suitable for sour service. CORROSION A production well design should attempt to contain produced corrosive fluids within tubing.1.p. production casing strings are considered to be subject to corrosive environments when designing casing for a well where hydrogen sulphide (H2S) or carbon dioxide (CO2) laden reservoir fluids can be expected.13.A.13. consideration should be given to setting a sour service casing string before drilling into the reservoir. Any part of the production casing that is likely to be exposed to the corrosive environment.13. . External corrosion Where the likelihood of external corrosion due to electrochemical activity is high and the consequences of such corrosion are serious. During the drilling phase. However. if there is any likelihood of a sour corrosive influx occurring. should be designed to withstand such an environment. the production casing should be cathodically protected( either cathodically or by selecting a casing grade suitable for the expected corrosion environment).2. 4. Internal corrosion The well should be designed to contain any corrosive fluids (produced or injected) within the tubing string by using premium connections.ARPO ENI S. Use of inhibitors and/or scavengers. during routine completion/workover operations or in the event of a tubing or wellhead leak. Agip Division IDENTIFICATION CODE PAGE 60 OF 230 REVISION STAP-P-1-M-6100 0 4. These measures will provide a degree of short term protection necessary to control corrosion of the casing in the hole during the drilling phase. They should not be produced through the casing/tubing annulus. it is accepted that tubing leaks and pressured annuli are a fact of life and as such. Use of high alkaline mud to neutralise the H2S gas. The BOP stack and wellhead components must also be suitable for sour service. Development Wells Casing corrosion considerations for development wells can be confined to the production casing only.

decreases the pH of the water and increase its corrosivity.A. Carbon dioxide (CO2) When carbon dioxide dissolves in water. Pressure increases the solubility to lower the pH. To have a flow of current. Agip Division IDENTIFICATION CODE PAGE 61 OF 230 REVISION STAP-P-1-M-6100 0 4.0 PPM. The solubility of oxygen in water is a function of pressure. temperature and composition of the water. Contributing Factors To Corrosion Most corrosion problems which occur in oilfield production operations are due to the presence of water. temperature and chloride content. temperature decreases the solubility to raise the pH. Corrosion primarily caused by dissolved carbon dioxide is commonly called ‘sweet’ corrosion.13.500psi and a gas containing 2% carbon dioxide: Partial pressure = 3. or in any combination may be a contributing factor to the initiation and perpetuation of corrosion: Oxygen (O2) Oxygen dissolved in water drastically increases its corrosivity potential.p.ARPO ENI S. It is not as corrosive as oxygen. Whether it may be present in large amounts or in extremely small quantities. if any. The partial pressure of carbon dioxide can be determined by the formula: Partial Pressure = Total pressure x Mol Fraction of C02 in the gas Example: In a well with a bottom hole pressure of 3.3. corrosion is an electrolytic process where electrical current flows during the corrosion process. It can cause severe corrosion at very low concentrations of less than 1. there must be a generating or voltage source in a completed electrical circuit. it forms carbonic acid. of the following conditions alone. The important factors governing the solubility of carbon dioxide are pressure. it is necessary to the corrosion process. Oxygen usually causes pitting in steels. but also usually results in pitting.500 x 0. In the presence of water. The existence.02 = 70psi . Oxygen is less soluble in salt water than in fresh water.

Partial pressure < 3 psi generally is considered non corrosive. Velocity of fluids within the environment Stagnant or low velocity fluids usually give low corrosion rates.p. High velocities and/or the presence of suspended solids or gas bubbles can lead to erosioncorrosion. Attack due to the presence of dissolved hydrogen sulphide is referred to as ‘sour’ corrosion. Pressure Pressure affects the rates of chemical reactions and corrosion reactions are no exception. Corrosion rates usually increase with velocity as the corrosion scale is washed off the casing exposing fresh metal for further corrosion.ARPO ENI S. impingement or cavitation. Temperature Like most chemical reactions.A. . but pitting is more likely. In oilfield systems. corrosion rates generally increase with increasing temperature. the following relationships have been found: • • • Partial pressure > 30 psi usually indicates high corrosion risk. Hydrogen Sulphide (H2S) Hydrogen sulphide is very soluble in water and when dissolved behaves as a weak acid and usually causes pitting. More gas goes into solution as the pressure is increased this may in turn increase the corrosivity of the solution. Partial pressure 3-30 psi may indicates high corrosion risk. The combination of H2S and CO2 is more aggressive than H2S alone and is frequently found in oilfield environments. the primary importance of pressure is its effect on dissolved gases. Agip Division IDENTIFICATION CODE PAGE 62 OF 230 REVISION STAP-P-1-M-6100 0 Using the partial pressure of carbon dioxide as a yardstick to predict corrosion. It should be pointed out that H2S also can be generated by introduced micro-organisms. Other serious problems which may result from H2S corrosion are hydrogen blistering and sulphide stress cracking.

Cold die stamping is prohibited. Casing For Sour Service All temperatures (1) 150° F (65°C) (3) or greater 175° F (80°C) or greater API Specification 5CT Grade API Specification 5CT Grade API Specification 5CT Grade H40. Ordering Specifications When ordering tubulars for sour service. a) b) c) d) e) Downgraded grade N 80.A. Proprietary Grades: with 110. 80. all markings must be paint-stencilled or hot die stamped. must be submitted. yield strength Grade C 95 Grade P110 f) g) Note: . Table 4. Three copies of a report showing the physical properties of the goods supplied and the results of hardness tests (Refer to step 3 above) must be submitted. 1) 2) 3) Impact resistance may be required by other standards and codes for low operating temperatures.265kPa) max.580kPa) maximum yield strength permissible.420kPa) minimum to 140.D .4.000psi (758. the following specifications should be included.000psi (965. The pipe must be tested to the alternative test pressure (see API Bulletins 5A and 5 AC). for lower temperatures. P 105 or P 110 tubulars are not acceptable for orders for J 55 or K 55 casing. The latest revision of API Specification 5CT includes this requirement. Shell modified API thread compound must be used. in addition to those given in the above table. with a maximum yield strength of 100. Three copies of the report providing the ladle analysis of each heat used in the manufacture of the goods shipped.5.13. Agip Division IDENTIFICATION CODE PAGE 63 OF 230 REVISION STAP-P-1-M-6100 0 4. select from column 1. (2) K55 and J 55 N80 (Q and T) H40.475kPa) Q and T = quenched and tempered.Operation Temperature 4. N80 Grade C75 (2) and L80 Proprietary Grades: see NACE standard MR-01-75 Proprietary Grades: Q and T.13.000psi (689. The couplings must have the same heat treatment as the pipe body. Recommendations for casing to be used for sour service must be specified according to the API 5CT for restricted yield strength casings. together with all the check analyses performed. Continuous minimum temperature.ARPO ENI S.000 psi (551.p.

Generally. normalising and tempering). casing and tubing material will be selected according to the amount of H2S and other corrosive media present. Company Design Procedure CO2 Corrosion The following guidelines should be used for the appropriate corrosive environment. the presence of CO2 may lead to corrosion on those parts coming in contact with CO2 which normally means the production tubing and part of the production casing below the packer.g. In producing wells. Agip Division IDENTIFICATION CODE PAGE 64 OF 230 REVISION STAP-P-1-M-6100 0 The casing should also meet the following criteria: • • The steel used in the manufacture of the casing should have been quenched and tempered.ARPO ENI S. H2S Corrosion In exploration wells.A. • • In exploration wells.hand figure 4. if using carbon steel casing. generally the presence of CO2 in the formation causes little problems. wells producing CO2 partial pressure higher than 20 psi requires inhibition to limit corrosion. if there is high probability of encountering H2S. Refer to figure 4. Corrosion may be limited by: • • The selection of high alloy chromium steels. . and will have no influence on material selection for the casing. 4. All sour service casing should be inspected using non-destructive testing or impact tests only. In producing wells. consideration should be given to limit casing and wellhead yield strength according to ‘API’ 5CT and ‘NACE’ standard MR-01-75.p.13. (This treatment is superior to tubulars heated/treated by other methods e.i for partial pressure limits.6. as per API Specification 5CT. Inhibitor injection. resistant to corrosion.

Sour Gas Systems Figure 4.ARPO ENI S.H .p. Agip Division IDENTIFICATION CODE PAGE 65 OF 230 REVISION STAP-P-1-M-6100 0 Figure 4.Sour Multiphase Systems .A.I .

Sumitomo Metals .ARPO ENI S.J .A. Agip Division IDENTIFICATION CODE PAGE 66 OF 230 REVISION STAP-P-1-M-6100 0 Figure 4.p.

A.j) .ARPO ENI S. Agip Division IDENTIFICATION CODE PAGE 67 OF 230 REVISION STAP-P-1-M-6100 0 Application Mild Environment Domain Domain ‘A’ API Material J55 N80 P110 (Q125) Cr or Cr-Mo Steel API L80 C90 T95 1Cr 0.5Mo Steel Modified AISI 4130 SM’ Designation SM 95G SM 125G Notes Sulphide Stress Corrosion Cracking (medium pressure and temperature) Domain ‘B’ Sulphide Stress Corrosion Cracking (high pressure and temperature) Wet CO2 Corrosion Domain ‘C’ Domain ‘D’ 9Cr-1Mo Steel 13Cr Steel Modified AISI 420 Wet CO2 with a little H2S Corrosion Domain ‘E’ 22Cr 5Ni 3Mo Steel 25Cr 6Ni 3Mo Steel Wet CO2 with H2S Corrosion Domain ‘F’ 25Cr 35Ni 3Mo Steel 22C 42Ni 3Mo Steel 20Cr 35Ni 5Mo Steel Most Corrosive Environment Domain ‘G’ 25Cr 50Ni 6Mo Steel 20Cr 58Ni 13Mo Steel 16Cr 54Ni 16Mo Steel SM 80S SM 90S SM 95S SM 85SS SM 90SS SM C100 SM C110 SM 9CR 75 SM 9CR 80 SM 9CR 95 SM 13CR 75 SM 13CR 80 SM 13CR 95 SM 22CR 65* SM 22CR 110** SM 22CR 125** SM 25CR 75* SM 25CR 110** SM 25CR 125** SM 25CR 140** SM 2535 110 SM 2535 125 SM 2242 110 SM 2242 125 SM 2035 110 SM 2035125 SM 2550-110 SM 2550-125 SM 2550-140 SM 2060-110*** SM 2060-125*** SM 2060-140*** SM 2060-155*** SM C276-110*** SM C276-125*** SM C276-140*** Higher yield strength for sour service Quenched and tempered Quenched and tempered Duplex phase Stainless steels * Solution Treated ** Cold drawn As cold drawn As cold drawn *** Environment with free Sulphur (Refer to figure 4.p.

ARPO ENI S. Use figure 4.K . Low Temperature Service Operations at low temperatures require tubulars made from steel with high ductility at low temperatures to prevent brittle failures during transport and handling.14. Figure 4.14. It no information is available on temperature gradients in an area.k below for reductions in yield strength against temperature. TEMPERATURE EFFECTS For deep wells.1. .3). a gradient of 3°C/100m should to be assumed (Refer to section 2.p. reduction in yield strength must be considered due to the effect on steel by higher temperatures.A. Agip Division IDENTIFICATION CODE PAGE 68 OF 230 REVISION STAP-P-1-M-6100 0 4.Temperature Effects 4.

the weight indicator increases to a maximum when mud has been displaced from the casing by the full amount of cement.A. Agip Division IDENTIFICATION CODE PAGE 69 OF 230 REVISION STAP-P-1-M-6100 0 4. when reciprocating pipe during the cementing procedure. the cement sheath may contribute to problems. Sudden acceleration forces (e.15. Formation movement.p. The application of the pulling load should only be considered as an emergency measure to retrieve the casing string from the wellbore. Either of the above will cause a stress wave to be created which will travel through the casing at the speed of sound.: if the spider accidentally closes or the slips are kicked-in when the pipe is moving or the pipe hits a bridge). (Refer to previous section 4.15. Safe Allowable Pull The safe allowable pull must be calculated and stipulated during the casing string design process and communicated to the well site prior to running casing.13). Cementing Considerations The cement sheath can protect the casing against several types of potential downhole damage including: • • • Deformation through perforating gun detonations. In fault slippage zones. This effect is quantified as follows: SL Where: SL V Af 150 = = = = Shock load (lbs x ins2) Peak velocity when running (ins/sec) Cross-sectional area (ins2) Speed of sound in steel (lbs x sec/ins) = 150 x V x Af 4.2.: picking the pipe out of the slips or if the casing momentarily hangs up on a ledge then freed). However.g. . particularly. It is normal to incorporate in the casing string design an overpull contingency of 100. 4. The maximum weight of the string occurs when the cement reaches the casing shoe or when the top cement plug is released. As a cement slurry is pumped into the casing. doglegs and certain sand control failures.15.000lbs (45t).ARPO ENI S. Loss of bottom joint on surface/intermediate strings during drilling.g. over the weight of the string in mud. the following aspects need to be considered: • • Adding resistance to casing collapse for design purposes is questionable. LOAD CONDITIONS When running casing. etc. shock loads are exerted on the pipe due to: • • Sudden deceleration forces (e. salt flows.1.

When establishing an internal casing pressure test.ARPO ENI S. the design engineer may decide that a higher allowable pull is required. the differential pressure due to a difference in fluid level and/or fluid density. with mud above. For design calculation.A. After considering the above loading. When testing blind/shear rams of the BOP stack against the casing. Each casing shall be pressure tested at the following times: • • • When cement plug bumps on bottom with a pressure stated in the drilling programme.10 minutes.3. If reciprocation is contemplated.Mw) x D + 1000] x Ai where: CCL Cw Mw D Ai 1. shall be taken into account.000psi’ before the pumps are able to be shut-down. The inside of the casing is full of cement slurry.15. 4. The shoe instantaneously plugs-off just as the cement reaches it and the pressure rises to a value of circa ‘1. a worst case situation is assumed as follows: • • • The mud weight in the annulus is the lowest planned for the section. The test pressure shall remain stable for at least 5 .15. After having drilled out a DV collar. In all cases the test pressure will be no higher than 70% of API minimum internal yield pressure of the weakest casing in the string or to 70% of the BOP WP. inside and outside the casing. hence stretching the pipe. The load is calculated as follows: CCL = [(Cw .000 = = = = = = Cementing contribution load (lbs) Cement weight (psi/ft) 0utside mud weight (psi/ft) Length over which Cw & Mw act(ft) Internal area of casing (ins2) Pressure increment (psi) 4. .4. Company Guidelines The leading criteria for pressure testing will be the maximum anticipated wellhead pressure. Agip Division IDENTIFICATION CODE PAGE 70 OF 230 REVISION STAP-P-1-M-6100 0 This weight increase can approach the remaining allowable pull in the string. Pressure Testing Casing pressure tests will be carried out according to the pressure stated in the drilling programme. this problem may be severe enough to prevent reciprocation and.p.

∆tm1 ∆tm1 = tf1 + (ts1-tf1)/2 H/S ∆tm2 = tf2 + (ts2-tf2)/2 H/S2 L3 = 26 (OD – ID ) π/4 ∆tm .6 ID π/4 Pi l2a = 0.03 OD2 π/4 (2M – M2/H) γ0 l2c = 0.03 ID2 π/4 (2N – N2/10) γ0 2 l1c = -0.ARPO ENI S. Hang-Off Load (LH) The Hang-off load required for a casing is obtained as per algebraic amount of the following loads: LH= Pa + L1 + L2 + L3 + Fc Where: Pa = weight in air of the not cemented casing L1 = stress due to variation of internal pressure L2 = stress due to variation of external pressure L3 = stress due to variation of average temperature Fc = critical force (take into account only if it is positive) l1a = -0.γ1)/2 H/10 L2 = l2b = 0. Agip Division IDENTIFICATION CODE PAGE 71 OF 230 REVISION STAP-P-1-M-6100 0 4.6 OD2 π/4 (γ2 .6 ID2 π/4 (γ2 .5.γ1)/2 H/10 L1 = l1b = 0.6 OD2 π/4 OD2 Pe (for inside casing mud weight variation) (for inside casing mud level drop) (for inside casing pressure applied) (for outside casing mud density variation) (for inside casing mud level drop “m”) (for outside casing pressure applied) ∆tm = ∆tm2 .A.p.15. with 2 2 Fc = Pi ID2 π/4 – Pe OD2 π/4 H = uncemented casing length ID = inside diameter M = outside casing mud level drop N = inside casing mud level drop OD = outside diameter Pi = inside pressure applied at casing head Pe = outside pressure applied at casing head S = casing setting depth S2= end of the next phase tf1= flow line mud temperature when the well is at “S” ts1= static bottom hole (S) temperature tf2= flow line mud temperature when the well is at “S2” ts2= static bottom hole (S2) temperature γ 0 = mud density at the time of the inside casing mud level drop γ 1 = mud density during cementing job γ 2 = max mud density during the next drilling phase ∆ tm = temperature total variation ∆ tm1 = variation of temperature at shoe depth ∆ tm2 = variation of temperature at the end of the next phase .

1.ARPO ENI S. Water based muds are thickened by adding bentonite.2. Cuttings Lifting Clearing the hole of cuttings is an essential primary function of a drilling fluid system and is often the most misinterpreted and abused. When using bentonite. No variation from the mud program is permitted without previous discussion with and approval of the Company Shore Base Drilling office. DRILLING FLUID PROPERTIES Drilling fluids serve many purposes but their primary functions are to • • • • • • Lift formation cuttings to surface Control subsurface pressures Lubricate the drill string Clean the hole Aid in formation evaluation Protect formation productivity 5. sometimes a thinner needs to be added to prevent flocculation and water loss control problems.p. This provides the operator with a choice of options. . The mud characteristics to be used for specific operations. etc. The use of large quantities of solids is an undesirable solution if it is not required to increase mud weight for subsurface pressure control. 5. casing running. such as tripping. a) b) A detailed mud programme shall be included as an integral part of the drilling programme. What may have begun as a simple mud thickening problem is complicated by the resulting effects on the other mud objectives. Drill solids are heavier than the mud and will tend to slip downward against the flow. This slip velocity when the fluid is in viscous of laminar flow is directly affected by the thickness or shear characteristics of the mud. The relationship between mud velocity and thickness to enable cutting removal is important and if velocity is low due to pump rate or enlarged hole sections. A Mud Service Contractor may be contracted for the preparation of the mud programme. refer to Eni-Agip’s Drilling Fluids Manual. Usually a mud selection is a compromise of all the various problem solutions and often the lifting capability is not effective. flocculation or by the use of special additives.A. The same Contractor may be contracted for Mud Engineering on rig site under the control of the Company Drilling and Completion Supervisor.. MUD CONSIDERATIONS GENERAL For full information on drilling fluids preparation.1. however the use of bentonite is the most popular as it is relatively cheap. then the mud must be thickened and vice versa. shall be based on specifications described the relevant sections of the Drilling Programme. c) d) e) 5.2. large volumes of solids. which shall be submitted to the Company Drilling Office for approval before to integrate into the Drilling Programme. Agip Division IDENTIFICATION CODE PAGE 72 OF 230 REVISION STAP-P-1-M-6100 0 5.

The mud weight selected must exceed the formation pore pressures in each section but to minimise drilling problems and still not exceed the fracture pressure.465psi/ft but vary from region to region. a mud with a 700psi safety margin at 10. Formation pressure and temperature prediction is usually found be using offset well data but can also be predicted (refer to section 2).020psi at 8.A.000ft will only provide a 350psi margin at 5. ppg Formation pressure.2.42ppg 8.052 x MW x TVD Mud weight is increased by the addition of heavy solids. a safety margin must be added and then mud weight calculated: MW = where: MW PF TVD PF +SafetyM arg in TVD× 0. Example.500 ft× 0. Once the formation pressures for a section are known. it is necessary to obtain predicted formation pore pressures and the fracture gradient. psi True vertical depth.000ft.500ft. This is sometimes a fine balancing act between satisfying well control and not exceeding the rock strength in weak zones. a safety margin of 600psi is desired. Agip Division IDENTIFICATION CODE PAGE 73 OF 230 REVISION STAP-P-1-M-6100 0 5. It is important that overpressure are predicted and monitored for during drilling.p.052 Safety margins are usually around 0. ft Example: A formation pressure has a pressure of 4.020psi+600psi = 10. the hydrostatic pressure applied by the mud must be greater than the highest formation pressures to effect pressure control. To determine the mud weight required.2. It may be decided to use an increased mud weight at the shallower depths if the margin is too small. To calculate pressure at a given depth and mud weight the calculation is: PH = 0. . what is the required mud weight ?. Subsurface Well Control It is always desirable to utilise the lowest possible mud weight to achieve maximum drilling rate and lost circulation problems are minimised. However.ARPO ENI S.052 = = = Mud weight. Normal formation pressure gradients are 0.2ppg but may vary according to conditions. MW = 4.

Working life of expensive equipment can be prolonged by adequate cooling and lubrication. e. Bentonite acts as a lubricant by reducing friction between the wall cake and the drill string. Agip Division IDENTIFICATION CODE PAGE 74 OF 230 REVISION STAP-P-1-M-6100 0 5. The type of mud will also have an effect. Salt water fluid with high calcium content have also been effective. graphite.g.ARPO ENI S. Surfactants have been claimed to lubricate but this should be analysed as they are more expensive.4.p. Problems such as excessive torque. The ideal protection policy is to keep all foreign fluids away from the formation.A. 5. special surfactants and walnut shells. Asphalt is usually added for its other properties but also acts as a lubricant.5. Oil is less used today due to the environmental impact and disposal problems and similar to graphite as it also requires oil as a carrier. The formation evaluation programme must take all of these considerations into account to obtain the best results. etc.6. For instance. Viscosity may be increase to ensure improved cutting lift. detergents. In general fluids with low solids contents are more effective in hole cleaning. oil based mud make evaluation of potential producing formations difficult and salt water fluids can mask permeable zones.2. however in most cases this is impractical. Bottom-Hole Cleaning Thin fluids with high shear rates through the bit are the most effective at hole cleaning and means that viscous fluids can be used if they have shear-thinning characteristics. unless air drilling.2. reduction in the filtration rate may be employed but reliance on static surface testing as assurance may be misleading on actual downhole filtration rates. Thick filter cake can interfere with side wall coring information and water or oil invasion affects resistivity logs. 5. Lubricants include bentonite.2. drag and differential sticking are also reduced. oil. Formation Evaluation Drilling fluids have been effect greatly by the requirement for quality formation evaluation.3. 5. . Formation Protection In the past it has been proven that the drilling process and fluids will cause damage to producing formations and the utmost precautions should be taken to minimise this damage. oil based mud can be used when it is desirable to keep water off a zone. filtration may be reduced to reduce fluid invasion or special fluids used instead of the mud system for logging and well testing.2. The procedures for mud conditioning before logging have become standard today. Lubrication Lubrication and cooling are also important functions of the mud. however oil based mud may be more damaging to gas zones than salt water fluid. and hence the drilling fluid should be selected according to conditions. asphalts. To help minimise invasion.

6ppg (1.6ppg (1.3.p.0 to 11. • • • • Fresh Water Salt water Oil Mixture of above The base fluid for most muds is fresh water as it is usually readily available and is cheap. Oil based mud is very popular when it is desired to reduce the amount of water in the system.390kg/m3) The following figures show amount of salt and water required to achieve the range of brine densities. solids and chemical additives.1.A.150kg/m3) up to 10.200-1.3.0ppg (1. Two types of oil based mud are available. .ARPO ENI S. 5. The maximum weight ranges for various types of brines are: Kcl NaCl2 CaCl2 up to 9. Agip Division IDENTIFICATION CODE PAGE 75 OF 230 REVISION STAP-P-1-M-6100 0 5. an oil mud that has less than 5% water by volume and invert emulsion which is between 5 and 50%. Salt Muds Salt added to water will provide a range of weights according to the type and amount of salt added. MUD COMPOSITION The composition of drilling mud is a mixture of the base fluid (see the list of liquids below). Seawater has become more widely used due to the increase in offshore drilling for obvious reasons.200kg/m3) 10.

p.A .Material Required For Preparation Of Sodium Chloride Solutions (20o) .Material Required For Preparation Of Potassium Chloride Solutions (20o) Figure 5.B .ARPO ENI S.A. Agip Division IDENTIFICATION CODE PAGE 76 OF 230 REVISION STAP-P-1-M-6100 0 Figure 5.

Agip Division IDENTIFICATION CODE PAGE 77 OF 230 REVISION STAP-P-1-M-6100 0 Brine weight is affected by temperature and it is necessary to obtain the average well temperature in order to determine the density reduction from that when it was prepared at surface. figure 5.C .c below shows brine densities at various temperatures.Density Vs Temperature For Brine .A.ARPO ENI S. Average well temperature = Bottom hole temp + Top hole temp 2 Figure 5.p.

050kg/m3.2. When working with salt at saturation point. Agip Division IDENTIFICATION CODE PAGE 78 OF 230 REVISION STAP-P-1-M-6100 0 If drilling through salt beds or sections.4ppg as sodium chloride may be used which is considerably cheaper. Calcium chloride is used in the higher weight range but should be prepared with seawater as precipitates may form and the sodium chloride content may crystallise if the weight range is above 1. Sodium chloride is a cheap brine and has good solubility which varies little with temperature. the drill fluid should be saturated which will preserve hole geometry avoiding enlargement. figure 5. Water Based Systems High weight mud systems usually contain more solids than low weight systems. weight material and drill solids from the rock.d shows a field developed guidelines for solids level in water muds. 5.320kg/m3.ARPO ENI S. For brine densities below 1. it is recommended to include 1-3% by weight of KCl in the brine formulation to inhibit interaction between the fluid and water sensitive clays in the formation. Good solids control systems and the proper addition of water and chemicals will eliminate solids build up and problems. Potassium is rarely used in concentrations above 0. .A. it is not uncommon to find salt deposited in the lines and surface tanks with temperature drop.p.3. chemicals. Extra solids in high weight mud originate from the gels.

filtration and filter cake properties are also improved with bentonite. Agip Division IDENTIFICATION CODE PAGE 79 OF 230 REVISION STAP-P-1-M-6100 0 Figure 5. 5.3.4. Drilled solids also enter the system during drilling.D.A.p. Polymer Systems Polymers have been used mainly in completion and workover operations requiring minimum solids content.Guidelines for Clay Based Mud Systems 5. If flocculation of bentonite occurs then a dispersant should be added. hence reducing formation damage. gel strengths and suspension. Bentonite is added to increase viscosity.ARPO ENI S. Attapulgite is used where bentonite does not react properly.3.3. Gel Systems The commercial clays added to the mud system are bentonite and attapulgite. .

The most common clays used are bentonite or gel and attapulgite (salt gel). Changing from water based to oil based mud may cause contamination in long sections of open hole will have absorbed a considerable amount of water. SOLIDS Solids are divided into two groups.0606 0. Oil based mud was treated as special purpose mud due mainly to its high cost in comparison to water based mud.A.reactive refers to whether they react to changing downhole conditions.0403 0.A .5. limestone.3. they are erosive to circulating equipment. The size of solids in microns and inches with the appropriate screen sizes are given in table 5. Reactive and non.4. dolomite. Oil mud is only less damaging if the water phase is dosed with salt to a higher concentration of that in the formations to prevent the water being pulled out and. some shales and mixtures of other minerals.ARPO ENI S.p. therefore should be restricted to cased hole only. 5.a below: Microns 1540 1230 1020 920 765 Inches 0. The salt used for this is usually calcium chloride due to its good solubility properties. Low gravity solids include sand chert. The low gravity solids are further subdivided into reactive and non-reactive groups. Lime must be added to oil mud to convert sodium salts into calcium soaps and combat problems associated with carbon dioxide and hydrogen sulphide intrusion. The hindrance to the use of oil based mud is the environmental disposal of coated cuttings. Agip Division IDENTIFICATION CODE PAGE 80 OF 230 REVISION STAP-P-1-M-6100 0 5. hence causing sloughing. low and high gravity.0362 0.Solids Size Versus Screen Size Reactive solids are clays which are reactive to water.0483 0. Shaker Screen Size 12 x 12 14 x 14 16 x 16 18 x 18 20 x 20 . however with today’s restocking arrangements available with the suppliers it has become much more economic. In general terms. Oil Based Mud As pointed out earlier oil based muds are used to reduce torque and/or drag beneficial in drilling directional wells and where water based muds may cause hole damage such as in shales. Non-reactive solids are undesirable and if larger than 15 microns in size. Bentonite is used to both add thickness and viscosity to the mud and control fluid loss.0303 Table 5. the costs of drilling with oil based mud is considered to be 30% less than for comparable water based weight mud thought to be due getting more efficient weight on the bit.

1 Table 5. gal Volume of final mud.6. lbs Weight of final mud. ppg Weight of final mud. gal Weight of original mud. ppg Weight of material added to original mud. FLUID CALCULATIONS The following equations are provided for an engineer to be able to calculate material requirements. A mud system will normally gain weight due to the addition of drilled solids if proper mechanical solids control equipment is not used or is inefficient.5 5. the formation pressure must be controlled by the hydrostatic weight of the mud.p. stock levels and mud weights.B.b below: Material Barite Lead Sulphide Calcium Carbonate Ilmenite Hematite (Itagrite ore) Average SG 4.ARPO ENI S. lbs Volume of original mud.7 4.A. ppg Weight of material added.5. Agip Division IDENTIFICATION CODE PAGE 81 OF 230 REVISION STAP-P-1-M-6100 0 5. The symbols listed below are used in the following equations and examples.25 6. Max Mud Weight (ppg) 20-22 28-32 12 21-26 24-26 5. gal Volume of material added. lbs Weight of material added. lbs/bbl .Common Weighting Materials Water based fluids can be weighted up by salts. These solids are undesirable in high mud weight systems as they cause problems when weighting materials are added. These or variations in these may be found in any drilling fluids handbook.6 2. DENSITY CONTROL MATERIALS To drill a well successfully. WO WA WF VO VA VF DO DA DF w = = = = = = = = = = Weight of original mud. Common weighting materials are shown in table 5.

Agip Division IDENTIFICATION CODE PAGE 82 OF 230 REVISION STAP-P-1-M-6100 0 Calculation of solids material required to increase mud weight. how many sacks of barite are required to increase the density to 12.3 − 100 (11. Equation: w= 42(D F −D O ) D 1− F DA Example: A mud system contains 750bbl of 10.4 1− 35. what is the resulting density of adding 100bbl of 42o API oil ?.80ppg Calculate VF: VF = 800 bbl + 100 bbl = 900 bbl D F = 11.5 =0. Calculate SG of oil: SG= 141.5 Calculate density of oil: D A = 0. w= 42 (12.A.p.33 = 6. Equation: DF = D O − VA (D O − D A ) VF Example: A mud system contains 800bbl of 11.8 ppg .4 Total barite required: = 750 bbl x 130 lbs / bbs 100lbs / sk = 975 Calculation of density resulting from adding liquid to decrease mud weight.4ppg mud.3ppg mud.816SG 42+131.816 x 8.4 ) = 130lb / bbl 12.3 − 6.ARPO ENI S.4 − 10.4 ?.80) 900 = 10.

000 lbs 800 bbl = 25lbs / bbl Calculate final density: 25 42 DF = 25 1+ 42 x 35. what was the final density of the mud ?.63ppg 9 . Equation: w 42 DF = w 1+ 42 x D A DO + Example: 10 tons of barite were added to 800bbl of 9.A. First calculate w: w= 10 t x 2.ARPO ENI S.p.2ppg mud.4 = 9. Agip Division IDENTIFICATION CODE PAGE 83 OF 230 REVISION STAP-P-1-M-6100 0 Calculation of density by adding solids to a mud.2 + .

Test Water Based Mud Mud balance Marsh funnel & graduated cup Sand content kit Viscometer Shearmeter API filter press HP/HT Press High temperature pressurised aging cells Modified calorimetric method (pHydrion dispenser) or electrometric method (pH meter) Retort kit Methylene blue kit Potassium chromate.A. Agip Division IDENTIFICATION CODE PAGE 84 OF 230 REVISION STAP-P-1-M-6100 0 5. Refer to API RP 13B for Standards Mud Testing Procedures. water.p. phenolphthalien or methyl orange Versentate hardness test N/A Calcium and magnesium Electrical stability N/A* Voltage breakdown meter * Not applicable in most cases or is not customarily evaluated.7.ARPO ENI S.Common Mud Testing Equipment and Chemicals . YP) Shear strength (nonpressurised Low pressure filtration (100psi) High pressure filtration Static pressure filtration Hydrogen ion determination Oil. solids determination Bentonite content Chloride content Water phase salinity and total soluble salts Alkalinity Retort kit for determination of O/W ratio N/A* N/A* Measurement of calcium chloride and sodium chloride content %BWOW N/A* N-50 sulphuric acid. Table 5. MUD TESTING PROCEDURES The following table summarises the common mud field testing procedures.C . silver nitrate N/A* Oil Based Mud Mud balance Marsh funnel & graduated cup N/A* Viscometer Shearmeter Usually not applicable except with a relaxed filtration mud HP/HT Press High temperature pressurised aging cells N/A* Mud weight Viscosity Sand content Rheology n(PV.

severity of potential drilling problems and rig load capacity. cement. When overpressurised formations are anticipated.p. recorded. The minimum barite stock shall be 100t. A minimum volume of 70m3 of kill mud at 1.ARPO ENI S. After nippling up a BOP stack. Agip Division IDENTIFICATION CODE PAGE 85 OF 230 REVISION STAP-P-1-M-6100 0 The following mud properties in the units shown below shall be included in the Drilling programme. pipe freeing agent. These shall be clearly checked. barite stock shall be based on expected formation pressure gradients. on the actual mud weight and on the volume of the active drilling fluid in the system. kill and reserve mud on the rig. MINIMUM STOCK REQUIREMENTS a) Minimum stock requirements for mud weighting materials. depends on the well pressure prognosis. minimum requirements for kill mud cannot be specified. Properties of reserve and kill mud should be checked and maintained daily and recorded the mud report. chemicals. dispersant. or at least enough to prepare 200m of cement plug. The minimum cement stock shall be 100t. lost circulation material.4kg/l shall be stocked while drilling surface hole without a BOP stack installed. The volume and density of kill mud shall be adjusted to the well pressure prognosis and pit volumes available on the rig.8. kg/l °C secs/gal/4 centipoise g/100cm2 g/100cm2 cm /30mins millimetres % by volume % by volume % by volume mg/l Ca++ g/l Cl3 b) c) d) e) f) . and also reported to Company Drilling Office on a daily basis: Weight Temperature (especially in oil mud) Funnel viscosity Plastic viscosity Yield point Gel strengths Water losses Filter cake Sand content Solids content Oil content Calcium content Salinity 5.A.

Biopolymer): the quantity shall be enough to prepare 200m3. cement and diesel oil. the following material is recommended to be available on board for contingencies: • • • • • • A stock of diesel oil. Agip Division IDENTIFICATION CODE PAGE 86 OF 230 REVISION STAP-P-1-M-6100 0 g) In addition. The inventory of materials on board should be reviewed daily and replenishment arranged immediately when stock levels approach the specified minimum requirement.ARPO ENI S.e. .3t Viscosifier for salt water (i. Pipe freeing agent. drilling operations shall be suspended. With regard to barite. should the stocks fall below the minimum requirement.A. The quantity shall be sufficient to prepare two pills.20 drums Mica (fine. enough to guarantee five day of operations. medium and coarse) -1.p. the volume of each one shall be two times the capacity of the annulus open hole/BHA. Dispersant .5t of each Wall Nut .

constant pump speed or variable pump speed h) i) j) k) .A. 6. FLUID HYDRAULICS The Eni-Agip IWIS (ADIS) software programme is currently used for all hydraulic programmes and provides all the necessary information to be input into the ‘Geological Drilling Programme’.1.e. Minimum annular velocity Length and ID of standpipe. max bit hydraulics.p. However it is necessary for drilling engineers to be armed with sufficient information to use the ADIS programme and plan for drilling operations. max jet impact force. HYDRAULICS PROGRAMME PREPARATION Before the design of a hydraulics programme can commence. Agip Division IDENTIFICATION CODE PAGE 87 OF 230 REVISION STAP-P-1-M-6100 0 6. type and model • Number of pumps • Horsepower available • Liner sizes available • Max pump speed • Min pump speed • Max pump pressure. kelly hose and kelly (or top drive) Drill string design Priority for the hydraulics programme. swivel.ARPO ENI S. the following information about the well and drilling equipment should be ascertained: a) b) c) d) e) f) g) Drilling contractor Drilling unit Hole sizes Depth intervals Mud weights at the various depths Whether plastic viscosities are expected Pumps: • Manufacturer. i. There are some company guidelines that are helpful in fulfilling this objective outlined in the following sub-sections but more detailed information can be found in the company’s ‘Mud Manual’.

Agip Division IDENTIFICATION CODE PAGE 88 OF 230 REVISION STAP-P-1-M-6100 0 6. This is calculated by using the following equation: Hp = where: Hp P Q PQ 1741 = = = Surface horsepower available Maximum permitted surface pressure Maximum flow rate The following example illustrates a typical calculation: Maximum permissible surface pressure: 3. Obviously this demands much higher circulation volumes when drilling larger hole sizes.034HP: 6.034 1741 If the pump size is 1. Hydraulic design methods include: • • • • Hydraulic Impact Bit Hydraulic Horsepower Nozzle Velocity A combination of these Methods Regardless of the design method to be used. Upward flow velocities of 100-200ft/min are usually sufficient in normal conditions.ARPO ENI S.500HP then it is capable of delivering the required 1.p.2.A. The recommended flow rates for the standard bit size are given in table 6.a: .000psi Maximum flow rate: Available horsepower: 600gpm Hp = 3000 × 600 = 1. to provide enough velocity to remove cavings and cuttings and the jetting requirements of the bit for each hole section. DESIGN OF THE HYDRAULICS PROGRAMME The first priority of a hydraulics programme is to maximise bottomhole cleaning.3. FLOW RATE The flow rate must be maintained high enough to achieve two functions. the first step is to determine the maximum surface hydraulic horsepower available.

000 2. Agip Division IDENTIFICATION CODE PAGE 89 OF 230 REVISION STAP-P-1-M-6100 0 Hole Size [ins] 17 /2” 15” 121/4” 97/8” 81/2” 77/8” 63/4” 6” 1 Flow Rate [l/min] 3.51(Q) DH2 − DP 2 The flow rate must also maintain good hole condition so that erosion does not occur or cause invasion of formations that may damage potential producing zones. gal/min Diameter of hole.600 800-1.500 2.200-2.000 600-800 Table 6.800-3.Rates for the standard casing design Optimum annular velocity can also be calculated by the following equation: Optimum Annular Velocity = where: MW DH = = Mud weight.ARPO ENI S.04 × DH − DP × (DH − DP) × MW [ ( (YP × MW ))] .200-1. annular velocity can be calculated as follows: Annular Velocity = where: Q DH DP = = = Flow.200-1. Critical annular velocity is expressed by: Critical Annular Velocity = where: PV YP = = Plastic velocity Yield point 64.900 1.8 MW + DH From a given flowrate.600 1.A.600 1.8 PV + 3. ins Diameter of pipe. inches 11. Rates of circulating above that necessary simply to maintain good hole conditions can be used to obtain faster drilling rates.500-1. ins 24.p.000-4. lbs/gal Diameter of hole.A. The additional horsepower and pumping equipment required for this due to increased friction losses must be justified to ensure economy.

Considering two points in a circulating system.c Pb Pd. ft Flow velocity. The total friction losses caused by the surface equipment.e Pd p. ft/sec Pressure of the fluid. lbs/ft3 Acceleration of gravity 32ft/sec2 Sum of flowing pressure losses Sum of mechanical energy added = = = = = = = In a mud system.c.p. therefore the equation is reduced to: W=F ‘W’ represents the hydraulic horsepower that must be applied to the mud with ‘F’ representing the fluid pressure losses in the system and the nozzles of the bit.a + Pd.a Pd. the following equation may be used: h1 where: h U P ρ g F W U12 2g + U 2 p p1 − F + W = h2 2 + 2 − F + W ρ1 2g ρ2 Height above a chosen reference elevation.4.pa = = = = = = = Total pressure drop Pressure drop in the surface equipment Pressure drop in the drill pipe Pressure drop in the drill collars Pressure drop in the bit Pressure drop in the hole and drill collar annulus Pressure drop in the hole and drill pipe annulus . Bernoulli’s theorem may be used for the whole circulating system or just part of the system such as the nozzles of the bit. + Pd.pa where: Ps Ps.c + Pb + Pd.A. drill string and annuli can be summed up as: Ps = Ps. PRESSURE LOSSES Pressure losses are calculated using Bernoulli’s Theorem. Pd. Agip Division IDENTIFICATION CODE PAGE 90 OF 230 REVISION STAP-P-1-M-6100 0 6. lbs/ft2 Density of the fluid. as h1 and h2 are at the same height they cancel each other and the velocity values are negligible.c.ARPO ENI S.e + Pd p.

4327 × 10 −7 ) MW × L × AV 2 DH − DP Turbulent annular pressure loss (psi) = where: L = Length. it is necessary to determine whether flow is laminar or turbulent and the plastic viscosity correction factor. The pressure drops also depend largely on whether the flow regime is laminar or turbulent. Laminar flow annulus pressure loss is calculated by: Laminar annular pressure loss (psi) = L × YP L × AV × PV + 225 (DH − DP) 90000 (DH − DP ) 2 (1.ARPO ENI S. This aspect and all of the pressure drops in a system are calculated by the ADIS software programme Any alteration in the mud properties or drill string design or bit nozzle area will in turn alter the hydraulic programme. To determine if flow is laminar or not. Agip Division IDENTIFICATION CODE PAGE 91 OF 230 REVISION STAP-P-1-M-6100 0 Each of the pressure drops for a particular section can be obtained by calculation or from using industry standard tables if the mud properties of rheology and weight are known.A.p.322 log 1.000 flow is laminar and over 4. Before pressure drops can be calculated. Suitable assumptions must be made for contingency in order that the available pump horsepower is sufficient to cater for most circumstances which may arise.000 is turbulent. ft .41 × AV DH − DP 2PV + YP PV + YP σ600 σ300 = = = If the Reynolds number is less than 2.47 × MW × AV (DH − DP ) µ σ300 300 3. it is necessary to find out the Reynolds number by: Reynolds number (Rn) = where: µ κκ η ρ σ600 σ300 = = = 300Kη -1 15.

A.p.ARPO ENI S.a Figure 6.Plastic Viscosity Correction Chart . Agip Division IDENTIFICATION CODE PAGE 92 OF 230 REVISION STAP-P-1-M-6100 0 The plastic viscosity correction factor is found from the following figure 6.A .

ARPO ENI S. Further to this. the following is the recommended hydraulic horsepower delivery for roller cone bits in the most common hole sections: 8 ½” 12 ¼” 17 ½”(16”) = = = 8-9 HHP/ins2 5-6 HHP/ins2 3-4 HHP/ins2 The pressure drop across the nozzles are calculated by: Pressure Drop Across Nozzles = where: TFA = Total flow area. The calculation is the same as that given in the previous subsection. 6. Eni-Agip recommends that the minimum nozzle velocity is 100m/sec.2.00061 × MW × L × Q1. standpipe. Each of these parameters need to be known for input into the ADIS programme.1. sq ins MW × Q 2 10858 × TFA Bit HHP can be calculated by: Bit HHP/in = 2 ∆P × Q 1346.86 ID1.p.2 × DH Jet impact force is calculated by: Jet Impact Force (lbs) = 0.3. Surface Equipment The lengths and IDs of the surface lines. Bit Hydraulics The jetting action across the bit nozzles must be sufficient enough to clean the cuttings away from the bit and up into the hole/drill collar annulus. the various lengths of drill collar IDs need to be known.86 6. Drill Pipe If a parallel or tapered drilling string is used. Drill Collars Similar to the drill pipe above. the length of each section for varying depths needs to be determined for each individual size of pipe and then the pressure drops in each combined to obtain the total pressure drop of the string.4. kelly or top drive will cause a friction drop. Agip Division IDENTIFICATION CODE PAGE 93 OF 230 REVISION STAP-P-1-M-6100 0 6. Pressure drop in pipe bore (psi) = 0.4.4.A. manifolds. the pressure drop for each length calculated and then added.4. 6.000516 × MW × Q × VJet .4.

drill pipe ODs and corresponding lengths as follows: Turbulent Flow Annulus Pressure Loss (psi) = The equivalent circulating density is calculated: Equivalent Circulating density = MW + (1.4.742 .172 .266 .468 3.307 .883 TFA Of 3 Jet .597 3.376 1. 6.484 1.393 .778 .773 .p.200 1. the HHP required will be provided by the supplier and must be added into the total pressure drop of the system.992 2.750 .230 .907 1.4327 × 10 ) × MW × L × AV −7 2 DH − DP .062 .371 442 .442 .860 .663 .167 1.038 .339 3.764 2.342 .176 1.300 .259 .767 TFA Of 5 Jet . Total Annular Pr essure Drop × 19.098 .518 .557 .534 TFA Of 9 Jet .186 .148 2.855 2.196 .650 TFA Of 7 Jet .245 .6.110 .196 .305 .552 .228 1. Annulus Pressure loss calculations for the annulus between the hole/drill collar annulus and the hole/drill pipe annulus need to be carried out by inputting the collar ODs.389 .762 3.190 .613 .371 .535 1.204 1.152 .516 .226 2.186 .921 1.050 1.650 .249 .464 .537 .153 .049 .835 .325 TFA Of 4 Jet .221 .150 .076 .900 1.994 1. Mud Motors If mud motors are used.842 2.209 TFA Of 6 Jet .559 .460 .784 .747 .996 1.884 1.130 .ARPO ENI S.114 .295 .498 .278 .648 .980 1.614 .037 1.568 1.4.742 .093 .241 2.A.25 True Vetical Depth .497 .124 .344 .600 .494 1.441 TFA Of 2 Jet .113 1.455 2.392 .5.743 2.331 .032 1.344 . Agip Division IDENTIFICATION CODE PAGE 94 OF 230 REVISION STAP-P-1-M-6100 0 Jet Size 7 8 9 TFA Of 1 Jet .311 .372 1.588 .TFA Comparison (Total Flow Area) 6.092 TFA Of 8 Jet .450 .307 .B.976 /32” /32” /32” /32” /32” /32” /32” /32” /32” /32” /32” /32” /32” /32” 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 18 20 22 24 Table 6.147 .077 .373 .435 .228 .383 .690 .548 1.688 .245 1.249 .350 1.

5 16.5.3 8.3 701.3 142.Buoyancy Factors lbs/gal 7.0 Table 6.873 . Agip Division IDENTIFICATION CODE PAGE 95 OF 230 REVISION STAP-P-1-M-6100 0 6.5 101.3 753.3 67.3 lbs/gal 14.0 1013.5 17.5 82.5 lbs per cu ft 56.5 130.847 .0 138.p.5 519.0 11.4 623.5 10.817 . USEFUL TABLES AND CHARTS Mud lbs/gal 8.0 13.2 805.0 987.6 467.6 431.0 9.0 1039.5 19.40 2.38 1.5 545.00 1.694 .0 123.76 2.1 164.ARPO ENI S.0 78.96 1.62 psi per 1.28 2.0 18.771 .2 831.8 149.755 .56 1.9 120.08 1.725 .1 909.2 857.0 59.80 1.14 1.39 psi per 1.5 13.1 179.6 SG 1.801 .34 2.16 2.633 Table 6.28 2.90 0.00 1.786 .20 1.34 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 Weight lbs cu ft 62.6 415.5 11.0 90.5 18.1 149.Conversion Units for Various Mud Weights .5 9.92 2.710 .32 1.5 112.5 g/cc or sp gr 1.52 2.8 82.98 2.664 .04 2.88 Buoyancy Correction factor .9 135.32 1.8 97.2 104.16 2.5 12.2 134.0 8.0 15.4 127.5 71.75 1.5 15.4 597.7 127.80 1.4 67.6 157.6 97.0 SG 0.D .000 ft 389.A.0 12.0 lbs per cu ft 150.10 2.000 ft 727.2 119.1 75.2 441.0 10.22 2.1 961.26 1.740 .3 675.0 17.0 93.92 1.4 63.64 2.649 .5 86.862 .68 1.0 14.8 62.20 1.44 1.6 142.5 571.3 115.08 1.5 493.86 1.1 883.56 1.68 1.0 108.2 779.0 19.C .4 649.3 89.04 2.3 74.6 172.1 935.02 1.5 8.44 1.7 112.679 .1 145.0 16.5 20.50 1.832 .

4 13.6 20.64 4.97 4.40 4.6 16.79 3.4 10.60 3.0 19.82 3.9 21.78 3.96 Nominal Weight 6.6 16.52 5.A.9 21.80 4.7 16.5 10.29 3.3 13.3 15. Agip Division IDENTIFICATION CODE PAGE 96 OF 230 REVISION STAP-P-1-M-6100 0 Pipe OD (ins) 2 /8 2 /8 2 /8 3 /2 3 /2 3 /2 4 4 4 4 4 /2 4 /2 4 /2 4 /2 4 /2 4 /2 5 5 5 /2 5 /2 5 /2 5 /2 5 /2 6 /8 6 /8 6 /8 5 5 5 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 7 7 7 Tool Joint Connector IF XH IF FH & XH IF IF FH IF FH IF FH FH XH IF FH & XH IF XH XH REG FH FH IF FH REG FH IF ID (ins) 2 /8 12 /8 2 /8 2 /16 2 /16 2 /16 2 /16 3 /4 2 /16 3 /2 3 3 /32 3 /2 3 /4 3 3 /8 3 /4 3 /2 2 /4 3 /16 4 4 /16 4 3 /2 5 5 /32 Same as ID 29 1 13 13 3 1 3 5 3 1 5 1 11 1 13 9 11 7 1 7 1 Equivalent ID(ins) 2.60 5.7 25.p.7 15.0 14.76 2.76 3.24 3.14 2.2 25.9 24.Drill Pipe Sizes Metric and Imperial .9 21.74 2.64.2 25.E .6 16.6 21.5 14.18 3.225 2.5 25.0 15.0 20.88 5.23 3.34 3.75 4.15 2.2 For Drill Collar Bores Table 6.ARPO ENI S.56 3.

880 0-2.API Cement Specification Class A Class B Class C Is intended for use when no special properties are requires.8303. is to provide zonal isolation.A .97 1.1.3 4.3 5. To this end.6 14.3 16.97 1. CEMENTING CONSIDERATIONS The objective of the primary cementing process.1.000-14.4 16.A.6 15. A through H.000 0-8.97 1.87 1.8304.3 Slurry Weight lbs/gal 15.830 1. a hydraulic seal must be obtained between the cement and the casing and between the cement and the formations at the same time preventing fluid channels in the cement sheath.7 19.3 16.77 1. This section provides information. Agip Division IDENTIFICATION CODE PAGE 97 OF 230 REVISION STAP-P-1-M-6100 0 7.97 ft Well Depth m 0-1.4 kg/ltrs 1. Is intended for use when conditions require high early strength. that engineers are provided with sufficient information and guidelines so that they can plan and conduct successful cementing operations preventing the need to conduct remedial operations which may be damaging to the well and costly in terms of lost rig time.000 6.000 0-8. To achieve this. guidelines and the basic calculations necessary to achieve this. to provide standard to suit a range of well conditions.8 16. to place cement in the annulus between the casing and the formations exposed to the wellbore.440 0-2. 7.3 ltrs/sk 19.050-4.000 0-6.000 80-130 80-130 80-170 170-260 170-290 230-320 80-200 80-200 27-77 27-77 27-77 77-127 77-143 110160 27-93 27-93 Table 7.440 Static BHP Temperature o F o C 0-6. Has the same properties as class A except has a moderate to high sulphate resistance (MSR and HSR).3 18.87 1.000-16.ARPO ENI S. The API classification system is shown in table 7.000-12.9 16.000 10.3 4.000 0-6.2 5.4 16.7 23.1.660 1.3 4.830 0-1.830 0-1. . 7.2 6. API 10 consists of eight classes of cement.89 1.8 16.0 4.a below: API Class A B C D E F G H Mixing Water gal/sk 5. This requirement makes the primary cementing operation the most important performed on the well. CEMENT API Specification Portland cement is the most widely used in cementing operations in the oil industry and an API specification (10) was established. it is vital.000 6.p.270 3.8 16.4 15.

033 0. These are the most widely used cements today. Intended for use in extreme high temperature and pressure conditions and is available in both MSR and HSR.030 ltrs 3/sk 0. plus 25% safety factor Maximum thickening time required for Schedule 5 is 120 mins *** ++ .ARPO ENI S. table 7.97 Ft3/sk 1.8 15. Classes G and H were developed in response to the improved technology in slurry acceleration and retardation by chemical means.97 1. Class D Class E Class F Intended for use in moderately high temperatures and pressures and is available in both MSR and HSR.4 kg/ ltrs 1.5ml is 1.030 0.4 16.89 1.18 1.0 4.77 1. Intended for use in high temperature and pressure conditions and is available in both MSR and HSR.30 0.7 23.3 5.06 Slurry Volume m3/sk 0.B . API Class Water gal/sk A&B C G h D.d below shows the typical compressive strengths and thickening times of API cements.32 1.33 0.6 14.b shows the various properties of neat slurries and API cement. H Intended for use as a basic well cement to cover a wide range of well depths and temperatures and is available in both MSR and HSR. Class G.87 1.30 Table 7. E & F 5. Types G and H are essentially identical except that H is significantly coarser than G.3 16. evident from their different water requirements.37 0. E and F are referred to as retarded cements developed for higher temperature and pressures conditions.p.3 ltrs/sk 19.037 0. Agip Division IDENTIFICATION CODE PAGE 98 OF 230 REVISION STAP-P-1-M-6100 0 Classes D.9 18. table 7.15 1. The following table 7.A.8 16.33 0.033 0.69 = ABc This relationship is valid for units of consistency less than 30Bc Thickening time required are based on 75% values of total cement times observed in the casing survey.8 16.3 Slurry Weight lbs/gal 15.06 1.2 6.d Definitions * ** + Bc ABc Determined by Wagner turbidmeter apparatus Based on 250ml volume percentage equivalent 3.4% Bearden unit of slurry consistency (Bc) Bearden units of consistency on a preserved consistometer Beaden units of consistency on an atmosphere pressure consistometer The relationship between Bc and ABc is approximately Bc x 0.3 4.Properties of Neat Slurries and API cement.

000 1.3) (10.000 (177) (20.700) (3.80 0.4) (10.000 1.000 (38) Atmos (12.700) (3.500 1.000 2.000 500 (160) (20.5) 8S 290 3. Maximum % 150 160 220 Fineness *(Specific surface) Minimum m 2/kg 3.4) (2.3) 6S 230 3.8) (6. psi (MPa) Temp Pressure Number o o f ( C) psi(kPa) 100 Atmos 250 200 300 300 300 (38) Atmos (1.700) (13.80 0.000 1.1) (2.80 Soundness (autoclave expansion).000 (143) (20.500 (60) Atmos (10.9) 6S 230 3.000 500 (110) (20.A.p.Physical Requirements for API Portland Cements .5) 9S 320 3. Agip Division IDENTIFICATION CODE PAGE 99 OF 230 REVISION STAP-P-1-M-6100 0 A B C D E F G H Well Cement Class 46 46 56 38 38 38 44 38 Water % by weight of well cement 0.9) 10S 350 3.80 0.700) (6.80 0.C .1) (2. psi (MPa) Temp Pressure Number o o f ( C) psi(kPa) 100 Atmos 1.5) Compressive Strength Test 12-hours Curing time Curing Curing Schedule Minimum Compressive Strength.800 1.700) Compressive Strength Test 24-hours Curing time Curing Curing Schedule Minimum Compressive Strength. psi (MPa) Temp Pressure Number o o f ( C) psi(kPa) 8S 290 3.700) (13.9) (6.000 2.000 500 (143) (20.8) 4S 170 3.3) (13.500 2.7) (1.700) Pressure Temperature Thickening Time Test Specification Test Maximum Consistency 15 to Minimum Thickening Time (min***) Schedule Number 30 min Straining Period B + 1 30 90 90 90 4 30 90 90 90 90 5 30 90 90 5 30 120 max ++ 120 max ++ 6 30 100 100 100 8 30 154 9 30 190 - Table 7.700) (6.000 1.000 (77) (20.80 0.000 (110) (20.5** 3.700) (3.ARPO ENI S.5** Free-Water content.8) 9S 320 3.9) 8S 290 3.000 (143) (20.80 0.1) 140 Atmos 1.80 0.000 (160) (20. Maximum ml Compressive Strength Test 8-hours Curing time Curing Curing Schedule Minimum Compressive Strength.

0556 0.1. according to table 7.769 0.07%.1123 0.44 2.ARPO ENI S. As there are 31.00 3 SG Table 7.65 1. if 30% silica sand is used in a blend.95 4.33 2.377 0.1202 (m /t) 0. Slurry Density and Weight The slurry density is calculated by adding the masses of the components and dividing it by the total of the absolute volumes occupied.377 0.0270 0.4lbs/sk is prescribed.2 = 23.2. Agip Division IDENTIFICATION CODE PAGE 100 OF 230 REVISION STAP-P-1-M-6100 0 Concentration of Additives The concentrations of most solid cement additives are expressed as percentage by weight of cement (BWOC). i.2lbs total mix.p. This is now used to calculate the number of 94lbs sacks required to achieve the required annulus volume.30 1.0859 = 4.2 = 122.2/122.D . Salt is an exception and is added by weight of mix water (BWOW).225 0.0925 0. If a concentration of 0.0454 0.e. liquid sodium silicate has an absolute volume of 0.0859gal/lbs.66lbs/sk.2lbs of silica sand. divide the cubic feet by 31. For example.30 = 28.15 1.A. .65 2. the weight of the material is 0.463 1. For example.231 0. Material Barite Bentonite Coal (ground) Gilsonite Hematite Limenite Silica Sand NaCl saturated Fresh Water Absolute Volume (gal/lbs) 0. Weighting materials are often added on a lbs/sk basis for convenience as it eliminates the need to convert from percentage BWOC to lbs in the bulk plant. The true percentage silica sand in the mix is 28.000 4.935 0.51 to obtain the amount of cement in cubic metres. Cement is measured is sacks therefore the yield is expressed in cubic feet per sack (ft3/sk). Liquid additive concentrations are most commonly expressed in gal/sk of cement. This results in 94 + 28.4/0.51 cubic feet per cubic metre. the amount for each sack of cement is 94lbs x 0. Pslurry(lbs / gal) = lbcement + lbwater + lbadditives galcement + galwater + galadditives The yield of a cement is the volume occupied by a unit plus all the additives and mix water.0278 0. divide the total weight in lbs/volume in gals.0454 0.202 0.Absolute Values of Common Cementing Materials 7.06 4.d. This method is also used for water.0244 0.

59 1. 94 x 0.65 multiplied by the number of sacks of cement to be mixed.26lbs / gal Absolute Volume (gal/lbs) 0.24 The yield is: Slurry Yield = 9.59 5.49 0.235ft 3 / sk The total volume of mix water required is the gals calculated above.ARPO ENI S.0 141.17 10.0 141. An example calculation with additives is as follows: A slurry is composed of class G cement + 35% silica flour + 1% solid cellulosic loss additive + 0.34 Pslurry(lbs / gal) = .17 171.0lbs water. Additives are treated in the same manner as above. 5. however if any have a volume less than 1% then they are generally ignored.1202 Component Cement Silica flour Cellulosic Fluid Loss Additive Liquid PNS Dispersant Water Total Weight (lbs) 94 32.2gal/sk liquid PNS dispersant + 44% water.9 0.97 10. Component Cement Water Total Pslurry(lbs / gal) = Weight (lbs) 94 47.97 41.1014 0.36 171.48gal / sk = 1.0 9. Agip Division IDENTIFICATION CODE PAGE 101 OF 230 REVISION STAP-P-1-M-6100 0 Example calculation: A slurry is composed of G class cement and 50% water.20 4.0454 0.A.65 9.24gal / sk 7.94 1.50 = 47.34 = 16.24 = 15.55lbs / gal Volume (gal) 3.0382 0.0382 0.088 0. Absolute Volume (gal/lbs) 0.1202 Volume (gal) 3.0932 0.p.

ARPO ENI S.38ft 3 / sk 7.A.E – Calcium Chloride Thickening Time on Portland Cement . Accommodation of such variations in conditions was only possible through the development of cement additives.000psi (200Mpa) in deep wells.p.1. Portland cement systems are designed for temperatures ranges from below freezing to 700oF (350oC) in thermal recovery and geothermal wells.2.34gal / sk 7. It is generally added in concentrations of 2-4% BWOC (Refer to table 7. Agip Division IDENTIFICATION CODE PAGE 102 OF 230 REVISION STAP-P-1-M-6100 0 The yield is: Slurry Yield = 10. There are eight recognised categories: • • • • • • • • Accelerators Retarders Extenders Weighting Agents Dispersants Fluid Loss Control Agents Loss Circulation Control Agents Speciality Additives Details of all of these additives are given in the ‘Drilling Fluids Manual’. CaCl2 %BWOC 0 2 4 91oF 4:00 1:17 1:15 103oF 3:30 1:11 1:02 113oF 2:32 1:01 0:59 Table 7. It is not possible to detail all of the 100 or more additives in use today but the categorisation of these additives and some of those used by Eni-Agip are described below.2.48gal / sk = 1.e) but over 6% its performance becomes unpredictable and premature setting may occur. Calcium Chloride is undoubtedly the most efficient and economical accelerator. They are also required to counter the effect of other additives added to the slurry such as dispersants and fluid loss control agents. They also encounter pressures ranging from ambient to 30. 7. CEMENT ADDITIVES In well cementing. Accelerators Added to cements to shorten the setting time and/or accelerate the hardening process. They modify the properties of the cement system allowing successful placement of the slurry between the casing and the formation. rapid compressive strength development and adequate zonal isolation for the life of the well.

510 1.p. hydroxycarboxylic acids. cellulose derivatives.A. organophosphonates and inorganic compounds.2. Common retarders are lignosulphonates. Extenders Extenders are used for the following uses: • • • • • Reduce slurry density Increase slurry yield Water extenders Low-density aggregates Gaseous extenders A list with general information on the most common extenders is given in table 7.0 6.2.3. thermal stability and insulating properties.950 4.890 6hr 370 1.0-15. Only low percentages required. saccharide compounds. Table 7.2.0-14.0 Performance Feature and Other Benefits Assists fluid loss control.5-15.15.0 13.5g/l must be taken into account. 7. Ideal for seawater mixing.570 6hr 45 410 545 80oF 12hr 370 1.Summary of Extenders .ARPO ENI S. Retarders The retardation process is not completely understood but there are a number of additives available.020 1.780 3.110 1. 7.5 8.510 2.F– Calcium Chloride Compressive Strength Vs Temperature and Time of Portland Cement NaCl can also be used as an accelerator.1 11. Seawater is extensively used offshore as it has a 25g/l NaCl but the concentration of magnesium of about 1. Agip Division IDENTIFICATION CODE PAGE 103 OF 230 REVISION STAP-P-1-M-6100 0 CaCl2% 6hr 0 2 4 Not Set 125 125 60oF 12hr 60 480 650 24hr 415 1. Excellent strength and low permeability. Good compressive strength.370 2. The chemical nature of the retarder to be used is dependent on the cement phase (silicate or aluminate).245 24hr 1.g Extender Bentonite Fly Ash Sodium Silicates Microspheres Foamed Cement Range of Slurry Densities Obtainable (lbs/gal) 11.1-14.5.320 100oF 12hr 840 2.560 24hr 1. Resists corrosive fluids.260 2.450 Table 7.G.

55 16. 7.94 Class G . It is added in concentrations of up to 20% BWOC. One method of achieving high weight slurries is to simply reduce the amount of mix water.95 4.65 1.p.9 13. When weights higher than this are required.I.97 6.44% Water Slurry Density (lbs/gal) 15.56 9.028 Additional Water (gal/lbs) 0.024 Material Limenite Hematite Barite Specific Gravity 4. API recommends that 5.8 15.15 14. however dispersants would be required to maintain pumpability.ARPO ENI S.2.0023 0.99 2.3% water BWOW be added for each 1% bentonite but testing with a particular cement is necessary to determine the optimum water content.027 0. Weighting Agents When high pore pressures.33 Colour Black Red White Table 7.H.024 0.0 14.76 10.7 12.5 13.16 2.51 2.14 1.95 12.i. The most common weighting agents and there properties are shown in table 7. unstable well bores.3 11. Agip Division IDENTIFICATION CODE PAGE 104 OF 230 REVISION STAP-P-1-M-6100 0 The most frequently used clay-based extender is bentonite which contains 85% of the clay mineral smectite (or montmorillonite).h shows the slurry density decreases and the yield increases quickly with bentonite concentration. Concentrations above 6% requires the addition of a dispersant to reduce the slurry viscosity and gel strength.Common Weighting Material Properties .4. Absolute Volume (gal/lbs) 0. materials with high SGs are added.4 13.17 7. table 7.31 1.36 8.9 Yield (ft3/sk) 1. Bentonite Concentration % Water (gal/sk) 0 2 4 6 8 10 12 16 20 4.82 1.A. however compressive strength correspondingly decreases.85 Table 7.00 0.Bentonite Effects on Slurry Properties High concentrations of bentonite tend to improve fluid loss and is also effective at elevated temperatures.1 12.45 4. and deformable/plastic formations are encountered. high weight muds of over 18ppg may be used are correspondingly cement slurries of equal weight must be used.48 1.

2 BWOW.336 0. Annular bridging which may prevent slurry circulation.BWOW for Various Concentrations of Salt in Water .321 0.316 0.2 saturated (gal/lbs) 0.347 0.351 0.359 0.0433 0. Today the technique of blending dry granulated salt with cement at the bulk plant greatly simplifies its use.369 Table 7.0378 0.1lbs of dry salt for every gallon of water (0.354 0.p.0399 0.333 0.326 0.0439 0.0420 0.3.0424 0.0390 0.363 0.310 0.0403 0.0442 Absolute Volume (m3/t) 0.0416 0.0412 0.357 0.361 0. Lost circulation into the weakened shale structure. table 7.0436 0.J . This problem causes: • • • Excessive washouts and channelling behind the pipe. This is usually in wells which have salt formations where water will dissolve the formation or leach away the salt at the interface producing no bond at all. Salt slurries found another use to protect shale formations which are sensitive to fresh water and tend to slough when in contact. A good bond can be achieved if salt slurries are used.340 0. The mix water requires a minimum 3. the benefits of using salt cements was known but was unpopular due to the inconvenience of premixing salt with water prior to adding cement.329 0.344 0.366 0.ARPO ENI S.0384 0.A. Agip Division IDENTIFICATION CODE PAGE 105 OF 230 REVISION STAP-P-1-M-6100 0 7. SALT CEMENT Salt cements have applications where freshwater cement will not bond properly. Previously.0428 0.3714kg/l) or 37.0407 0.0771 0. The cement used in salt slurries is usually NaCl but there is no reason that KCl cannot be used.0430 0.0394 0. If the concentration is less then the slurry will not be saturated and may cause the problems previously outlined.j shows the BWOW for various concentrations of salt in water including saturated: Concentration %BWOW 2 4 6 8 10 12 14 16 18 20 22 24 26 28 30 32 34 37. If more salt is added then there is no detrimental effects except changes in density and pumping ability.

SPACERS AND WASHES When the fluids are incompatible.4. They act be thinning and dispersing the mud and.65 10. This is achieved by adding weighting agents (usually insoluble minerals with high density) with a viscofier for efficient suspension. Spacers are also used which are preflushes with a much higher solids content.01 The yield is: Slurry Yield = 10. The best spacer is a spacer that has a density higher than the mud but less than the cement slurry. To accomplish all of the above.ARPO ENI S. the rheological and chemical properties must be carefully designed. to ensure all the mud is displaced. it is common practice to pump one or more intermediate fluid or preflushes which are compatible with both the mud and the slurry.59 0.00 158.48gal / sk = 1.0442 0. The simplest form of wash is fresh water although surfactants and dispersents are often added. because of their very low viscosity.p. they are ideal for use in turbulent flow. Agip Division IDENTIFICATION CODE PAGE 106 OF 230 REVISION STAP-P-1-M-6100 0 An example calculation of a salt slurry using the previous fresh water slurry is as follows: 94lbs cement x 50% = 47lbs 47lbs of water x .1202 Volume (gal) 3.48 158.A.338ft 3 / sk 7.77 5.0382 0.48lbs NaCl Component Cement NaCl Water Total Pslurry(lbs / gal) = Weight (lbs) 94 17. . The rheology and density of washes are close to that of water or oil. This will buffer the two fluids and prepares the casing and formation walls leaving them receptive to bonding.01 = 15. the particles are thought to scrub the walls and provide a better preparation. the most common spacer is a scavenger slurry which is a cement slurry with a low density and low fluid loss rate good for turbulent flow.48 47.48 10.372 = 17.01gal / sk 7.26lbs / gal Absolute Volume (gal/lbs) 0.

• • In the main.5.ARPO ENI S. HPC Xantham gum and other biopolymers Inorganic clays • Bentonite. attapulgite. sepiolite Eni-Agip recommends that. unless an effective mud density is required to control the formation pressure. the compressive strength of the cement is secondary to the properties of the liquid slurry as cement systems generally provide strengths which exceed those actually required in most cases. CMC. a water spacer be used on all cement jobs which shall have sufficient volume to provide a contact time of three mins. 7. SLURRY SELECTION The selection of a slurry design depends on many factors other than simply pore and fracture pressures.p. kaolinite. Dispersants are used for the previous reason but also to reduce viscosity and reduce pump pressures and improve placement efficiency. Fluid loss additives are necessary where the cement is in contact with production zones or in small annular gaps to prevent the loss of the aqueous phase. • • • Cements are sometimes mixed at high density to achieve specific strengths within a short time interval or it may be designed on an economic basis where high yield per sack is achieved at the expense of strength. Temperature as previously explained has a large impact on the class of cement that can be used. Agip Division IDENTIFICATION CODE PAGE 107 OF 230 REVISION STAP-P-1-M-6100 0 There are two classes of viscofiers: a) Water soluble polymers • • • • b) Polycrylamides Guar and guar derivatives Cellulose derivatives. . caution should be taken when using dispersants as they can change thickening time. HMC. HEC. As fluid loss additives are viscofiers they require dispersants to be added to preserve mixability. Additives such as accelerators and retarders are required to hasten or slow down the setting times.A. The ADIS programme should help the engineer to obtain the ideal slurry for a specific well application.

if it is necessary to conduct manual calculations. a lead and tail with different densities. therefore. the engineer would find it impractical to calculate the pressures at point in the well throughout the entire job. CEMENT PLACEMENT Good mud removal is the essence of obtaining a successful primary cement job and therefore the use of an effective preflush and/or spacer is pumped between the mud and the slurry. WELL CONTROL Every well has a band of pressures in which the engineer must remain to execute a successful cementing operation. Similarly. A good rule of thumb under such circumstances.p. 7. In every case laboratory testing should be carried out beforehand to ensure that no unforeseen interactions can occur.7. Freshwater spacers are normally used when water based mud is in the hole and salt tolerant spacers for salt saturated muds. Unless a software package is used. hence affecting the performance of the spacer. An important impact on well control is the amount of excess cement calculated which can cause higher than expected hydrostatic pressure is the hole is close to gauge causing losses therefore compromising the success of the job and well security. See example figure 7. better than expected hole gauge will raise the column of the fluid to higher than expected height therefore exerting reduced hydrostatic pressure. If pressure band over long sections to be cemented is narrow.A. is to select the shallowest active zone which poses a risk to security and concentrate on the worst cases at this point using hydrostatic pressure without the friction component. Agip Division IDENTIFICATION CODE PAGE 108 OF 230 REVISION STAP-P-1-M-6100 0 7. The limiting pressure boundaries are determined by formation pore and fracture pressures and casing strength limits. the usual approach is to select the worst case scenario analysis technique where the key points will be identified and examined.a . if using low density flushes or spacers. These are normally at the weakest formations which will experience their highest pressure at the end of the displacement just before the plug bumps and conversely the at high pressure zones at the time the low density preflush or spacer passes. Oil based mud is generally removed with spacers dosed with surfactants and/or organic solvents.6. it may be necessary to vary the density of the cement slurry and pump two slurries.ARPO ENI S.

A. Agip Division IDENTIFICATION CODE PAGE 109 OF 230 REVISION STAP-P-1-M-6100 0 Figure 7.p.ARPO ENI S.A.Downhole Pressure Density Plot .

salt. For open hole sections the volume should have an increment added to cater for such problems.30% If a log is available the increment will be the hole volume calculation plus 10%. together with the temperature data. this could even lead to the design of a special system. If there is a reason to have doubts over the size of the hole.ARPO ENI S. guide the selection of the additives for the control of the slurry flow properties and thickening time. In open hole sections the volume of slurry depends upon the shape of the hole which is rarely ‘gauge’ and some formations are liable to become eroded or washed out. .p. Depth/Configuration The hole depth and configuration will make a considerable impact on the temperature and fluid volume. These factors. JOB DESIGN The selection of a slurry for a job design is dependent upon conducting a problem analysis into: • • • Depth/configuration data Wellbore environment Temperature data These data will directly affect the basic cement properties and displacement regime.A. Agip Division IDENTIFICATION CODE PAGE 110 OF 230 REVISION STAP-P-1-M-6100 0 7. hydrostatic pressure and friction pressure.8. It should be noted that the amount of pads on the caliper will affect the accuracy of the calculation if the hole is not round.100% Intermediate Casing . The trapped volume between the cement collar and cement shoe must be added to total volume. The increments to be applied in absence of a caliper survey are: • • • Surface Casing .8. etc. The mud density indicates the minimum acceptable cement slurry density.50% Production Casing . Wellbore conditions will indicate whether special materials are required due to the presence of gas. The annular configuration will determine which flow regime is practical and required rheological properties.. need to be incorporated.1. a caliper survey should be run to estimate the hole size. 7.

the slurry properties can be altered to ensure it is not adversely affected by the mud. The engineer must not look solely at target zones but also the risk from other non-producing zones.8. The presence of gas.8. is to ensure that the static temperature at the top of the cement exceeds the circulating bottom hole temperature. salt and other formations will also affect the job design. in conjunction with leak-off test results. However. This rule of thumb also provides a means of determining the depth for the location of the cementing stage collar. If this is not achieved. 7. If 100% mud removal is not possible. friction pressure. the careful pre-planning calculations to determine the displacement rate. Temperature Circulating bottom hole and static temperatures need to be considered as well as the temperature differential between the bottom and top of the cement column. Circulating temperatures by calculation in accordance with temperature schedules published in API 10 Specification. 7. will be erroneous and thickening time and fluid loss parameters may change dramatically. to prevent formation damage through fracturing or leak-off of cement into producing zones. etc. with regard to compatibility with chemical washes. One rule of thumb which should apply to the slurry design.p. Agip Division IDENTIFICATION CODE PAGE 111 OF 230 REVISION STAP-P-1-M-6100 0 7.. . Slurry Preparation Mixing is one of the most important practical cementing problems.4.2.ARPO ENI S.A. The displacement of oil based mud from formations may invariable require the use of surfactants to improve compatibility.3. If this is not the case then stage cementing should be employed. Mud physical and chemical properties must also be considered.8. The goal of the mixing process is to obtain the correct proportioning of solids and carrier fluid with the properties similar to those of the expected from pre-job lab testing. actual temperature is often preferred and these can be obtained by running a temperature measurement device. spacers or other fluids. The circulating temperature is the temperature it will be exposed to as it is placed in the well and for which the thickening time tests for high-temperature and high-pressure is carried out. Environment Pore pressure in the formations are important from a security standpoint and. Data on compatibility can be obtained by laboratory testing. remove oil film from the formations and leave the surfaces water wet.

DEFINITIONS The following are a list of definitions and their abbreviations specific to wellhead equipment.1.. DESIGN CRITERIA Eni-Agip divide wellhead equipment into two classifications: Class A Class B Equipment designed to operate up to 5. 8.000psi WP Equipment designed to operate up to 10. there is no commonality in the selection of compact surface wellheads or subsea wellheads. the most commonly used wellhead in EniAgip’s activities is the National/Breda wellhead system which is covered later in this section. WELLHEADS This section provides design criteria for wellheads which have been standardised by EniAgip Division and Affiliates.1.ARPO ENI S. Each project must be assessed to ascertain the most economic type of wellhead to be used for the location or type of completion.A. With regard to modular type surface wellheads. 8.000psi WP The selection of the wellhead system pressure rating will be based upon the max anticipated surface pressure.p. Agip Division IDENTIFICATION CODE PAGE 112 OF 230 REVISION STAP-P-1-M-6100 0 8.2. class Dd as per API 6A as defined by NACE MR-01-75 . Material Specification The material selection will meet with either ‘General Service’ or ‘Sour Service’ conditions. General service conditions are defined as: Operating Temperature Range: -29 C to 82 C as per API 6A o o The steels which meet with this criteria are material standard (no sour service). MSCL DCSFSL SCSO DCSO Modular Single Completion Land Dual Completion Seal Flange solid-block Land Single Completion Seal Flange Offshore Dual Completion Solid-block Offshore 8. However.2.

the wellhead and Xmas tree equipment should be protected against the corrosive effects of salt spray by application of an appropriate coating.a shows the standard range of National/Breda wellhead configurations and an example wellhead. saving of rig time due to being able to run the hangers without removing the BOPs and enhanced safety for the same reason. In this case the material will be selected in accordance whether an inhibition programme is implemented which may decide if chrome or carbon steel is applicable. 8. Refer to section 4. It is of traditional modular construction and covers pressure ranges between 3.13 on corrosion. The compact wellhead was developed from subsea systems which require the stacking of a number of casing mandrel hangers in a single body.a shows the standard equipment for the various classifications and well options. SURFACE WELLHEADS Compact wellheads have many advantages over composite types in that they are shorter. fast or unitised head. less outlets and are therefore have fewer potential leak paths. Other wellhead and equipment details can be obtained from the manufacturer’s catalogue.ARPO ENI S. Agip Division IDENTIFICATION CODE PAGE 113 OF 230 REVISION STAP-P-1-M-6100 0 Sour service conditions are when the CO2 or H2S concentrations exceed 7psi and 0. National/Breda Wellhead Systems National/Breda wellhead systems are.3. may offer enhanced safety due to the increased fire resistance by the use of all metal-to-metal seals.3. Modern compact wellheads.05psi respectively.p. From this table. However if the event of any H2S being present above the limit. up to now. 8. The compact wellhead.3.2. . a steel with a hardness less than 22Rc will be selected to comply with NACE MR-0175 specification. Standard Wellhead Components Refer to ‘Specification for Surface Wellhead and Xmas Tree Standard Equipment Manual’. described below. and low cost. In offshore environments. The advantages of the traditional composite type wellhead with its modular construction are: its ability to be altered during drilling operations (due to enforced changes in the casing programme). have less connections.1. also sometimes referred to as speed. the sizes and pressure rating of equipment available for the various applications can be determined. The main advantages of the compact head is the reduced height. comes in various configurations but usually consists of a body that is mounted onto the surface casing and into which each subsequent casing hanger is run and landed. 8. The sealing of these hangers is via a seal assembly run above each hanger with metal-to-metal seals.000 and 15.000 psi for both standard and non-standard casing profiles. table 8.A. the most commonly used systems by EniAgip Division and Affiliate companies. table 8.

2 6.5 5.5 2. (psi) Ref.1 5. W.4 2.2 1.6 6.P.1 2.P.4 6.ENI S. (psi) Btm (CSG) (in) Ref.P.3 2.1 5.5 13 5/8 13 5/8 13 5/8 13 5/8 13 5/8 13 5/8 13 5/8 13 5/8 21 1/4 5000 5000 5000 5000 5000 5000 5000 10000 5000 13 5/8 13 5/8 13 5/8 13 5/8 13 5/8 13 5/8 13 5/8 13 5/8 13 5/8 5000 10000 5000 5000 5000 10000 10000 10000 10000 5. (psi) Top flange (in) Max.1 5.nr CASING HEAD Top flange (in) Max. nr Btm Flange (in) TUBING SPOOL Max.2 5.7 6.2 2.2 1. Agip Division Typical outlines for on-shore.1 2.1 2.9 6.2 1.p.4 5. W. off-shore single and dual completion class -A and class -B (STAP -M-1-SS-5701E) AGIP CODE Ref.1 5.5 6.2 1.1 2.4 2.3 6.4 2. nr CASING HEAD SPOOL Btm Flange (in) Max.P. nr TUBING HANGER Diam (in) Max.P. W.1 6. W.4 2. (psi) Top flange (in) Max.2 1.3 13 5/8 10000 13 5/8 10000 0 PAGE (*) Typical wellhead configuration for deep wells (po Valley) REVISION 114 OF 230 . W.1 2. (psi) Ref.6 13 5/8 13 5/8 13 5/8 21 1/4 21 1/4 21 1/4 21 1/4 21 1/4 21 1/4 21 1/4 21 1/4 26 3/4 5000 5000 5000 5000 5000 5000 5000 5000 5000 5000 5000 3000 13 5/8 13 5/8 13 5/8 13 5/8 13 5/8 13 5/8 13 5/8 13 5/8 13 5/8 13 5/8 13 5/8 21 1/4 5000 5000 5000 5000 5000 5000 5000 5000 5000 5000 10000 5000 2.2 1.4 5.1 13 5/8 13 5/8 13 5/8 21 1/4 21 1/4 21 1/4 21 1/4 21 1/4 21 1/4 21 1/4 21 1/4 26 3/4 5000 13 3/8 & 9 5/8 2.3 5.4 2.P.2 1.3 1.2 2.3 1.2 1. (psi) Top flange (in) Max.4 2. (psi) Diam tbg (in) Table 8. W.Eni-Agip Standard Wellhead Equipment Chart ARPO MSCL 1 MSCL 2 MSCL 3 DCSFSL 1 DCSFSL 2 DCSFSL 3 SCSO 1 DCSO 1 DCSO 2 DCSO3 (*) 1. W.2 13 5/8 13 5/8 13 5/8 13 5/8 13 5/8 13 5/8 13 5/8 13 5/8 13 5/8 13 5/8 5000 5000 5000 5000 10000 5000 5000 5000 10000 10000 9 9 9 9 9 11 7 1/16 7 1/16 7 1/16 9 5000 5000 5000 5000 10000 5000 5000 5000 10000 10000 6.P.1 2.3 1.8 6.P. (psi) Ref.8 9 9 9 9 9 11 7 1/16 7 1/16 7 1/16 9 5000 5000 5000 5000 2 7/8 3 1/2 5 2 x 2 3/8 2 x 2 3/8 2 x 3 1/2 3 1/2 2 x 2 3/8 2 x 2 3/8 2 x 2 3/8 5000 13 3/8 & 9 5/8 5000 13 3/8 & 9 5/8 5000 5000 5000 5000 5000 5000 5000 5000 3000 20 & 18 5/8 20 & 18 5/8 20 & 18 5/8 20 & 18 5/8 20 & 18 5/8 20 & 18 5/8 20 & 18 5/8 20 & 18 5/8 24 1/2 IDENTIFICATION CODE 10000 5000 5000 5000 10000 10000 STAP-P-1-M-6100 3° CASING HEAD SPOOL 2. W.4 2.A. nr CASING HEAD SPOOL Btm flange (in) Max.1 2.A.2 2.

A.p.ARPO ENI S.A . Agip Division IDENTIFICATION CODE PAGE 115 OF 230 REVISION STAP-P-1-M-6100 0 4 3 2 1 20" 13 3/8" 9 5/8" 7" WP (psi) Section 1 Section 2 Section 3 Section 4 Section 5 3K (A) 470 620 472 - 3K (B) 470 620 472 - 5K (C) 470 625 472 - 5K (D) 470 690 670 581 - 10K (E) 470 690 660 700 - 10K (F) 510 850 700 700 -- 15K (G) 510 850 700 750 15K (H) 510 850 700 750 Figure 8.Wellhead Dimensions (mm) .

The solution to this need was met by the introduction of the unitised or compact wellhead which incorporates a casing flange. Once the pack-off is set.3 and similar to subsea wellhead systems from which the compact head was developed. Agip Division IDENTIFICATION CODE PAGE 116 OF 230 REVISION STAP-P-1-M-6100 0 8.ARPO ENI S. Considering the number of different varieties available.4.p. . it is not possible to provide a unique assembling procedure for all the existing unitised or compact wellhead types in this manual. Technical advantages of the compact wellhead are: • • • • • Elimination of the rig time lost in nippling-up or down the BOPs. The concept is quite different from that already described in section 8. For specific running procedures reference should always be made to the well specific Drilling Programme and manufacturer's instructions. Each manufacturer has its own particular product which differs from other manufacturers. the BOP can be tested. thus offering a greater degree of safety. Eni-Agip Division and Affiliates generally use the compact wellhead system in development drilling operations.b and figure 8. The Well is under BOP control from the time the 13 3/8” BOP stack is installed on the Compact Wellhead to the time the Xmas tree is installed. casing spools and possibly a tubing spool in a single offshore composite wellhead body.c show two typical examples of compact wellhead systems.A. which is normally associated with conventional wellhead spools. figure 8. COMPACT WELLHEAD Modern offshore drilling has uncovered a need for specially designed wellheads requiring less space with shorter installation times. No crossover adapters are required. The stack-up height is greatly reduced by the elimination of the casing and tubing spools.

p.000psi WP .Wellhead ‘Unitised 3.ARPO ENI S.B .A. Agip Division IDENTIFICATION CODE PAGE 117 OF 230 REVISION STAP-P-1-M-6100 0 Figure 8.

Agip Division IDENTIFICATION CODE PAGE 118 OF 230 REVISION STAP-P-1-M-6100 0 Figure 8.Wellhead SMS 13 /8 10.p.A.000psi WP Assembly 5 .C .ARPO ENI S.

Each casing string is supported at the mudline by a mudline casing hanger. it is not possible to describe all the existing mudline suspension system in this manual. Any.e) It offers a method of disconnection for all casing strings.A. located in the mudline hanger or in the running tool. to maintain the pressure integrity of the running tool mudline hangers. MUDLINE SUSPENSION The Mudline Suspension system is a method for supporting the weight of casing at the seabed (mudline) while drilling from a jack-up (Refer to figure 8. Running tools used in the mudline system.p. Eni-Agip have used a ‘mudline completion system’ enabling a well to be drilled using a Jack-up drilling equipment and afterwards completing it with a subsea production system. Washout ports. The casing strings extend from the mudline back to the drilling unit. The connection of the running tools is the casing thread as per the user’s requirement. allowing the temporary abandonment of the well in the minimum of time and without having to cut the casings. Metal to metal seals between the tieback tool a 133/8” or smaller mudline casing hangers provide a permanent pressure seal for the producing life of the well.ARPO ENI S. the casing landing string is retrieved by disconnecting the running tools. refer to the well specific ‘Drilling Programme’ and the manufacturer’s ‘operating procedures’. to install it into the hangers and seal. Corrosion caps used in temporary well abandonment may be installed at this time. Considering the great number of different features. by means of tie-back tools. The system utilises simple fluted landing rings or expanding collets in which the hangers are landed. or all. . installed on a production platform wellhead deck. of the casing strings can be re-installed back to a conventional land type production tree. When temporarily abandoning a well. When the washout ports are closed the pressure integrity of the casing is provided by the seals of the running tool. Agip Division IDENTIFICATION CODE PAGE 119 OF 230 REVISION STAP-P-1-M-6100 0 8. The running tools or the tieback tools connect the mudline casing hangers with the casing string above (landing string). Each mudline suspension manufacturer produces its own product different from those of competitors. The washout ports are exposed by a partial rotation of the running tool. include a square bottom thread. For the installation procedure.5. ensure thorough flushing of the annulus.d and figure 8. Conventional land type wellhead and BOPs are installed for well control during drilling operations.

Agip Division IDENTIFICATION CODE PAGE 120 OF 230 REVISION STAP-P-1-M-6100 0 Figure 8.MLL Mudline Casing Suspension System .A.D .p.ARPO ENI S.

Agip Division IDENTIFICATION CODE PAGE 121 OF 230 REVISION STAP-P-1-M-6100 0 Figure 8.The MLC Mudline Suspension System .ARPO ENI S.p.A.E .

The working pressure of any blow-out preventer shall exceed the maximum anticipated surface pressure to which it may be subjected. PRESSURE RATING OF BOP EQUIPMENT The prime considerations. 2.000psi BOP stack in anticipation of its later use when a 10. It should be noted that each drilling area may have regulations unique to that particular area which may exceed the general requirements covered within this manual.000psi choke manifold would be rated to only 2. BOP SELECTION CRITERIA Blow-out preventer equipment shall consist of an annular preventer and the specified number of ram type preventers. casing selection. The anticipated formation pressure is the governing parameter which dictates the casing depth.000psi BOP stack is nippled up for a subsequent string of casing. a 10. are the safety of the personnel. In addition. In order to assure this safety requirement.g. 9.A.a has been prepared to enable the first approximation of the BOP rating necessary for use in drilling an exploration well. BOP selection and pressure rating of the BOP equipment. To use the graph. but under no circumstances should components be used which are less than the designated assembly WP. Individual elements of the pressure control system may exceed the assembly WP. Many different methods are available to determine the maximum casing pressures which may be encountered during a kick. .000psi stack and 10. several factor need to be considered. and the other the BOPs to be used during well testing. The equipment in the well control system with the lowest pressure rating will set the rating for entire system e. Agip Division IDENTIFICATION CODE PAGE 122 OF 230 REVISION STAP-P-1-M-6100 0 9. when selecting and procuring pressure control equipment. The graph illustrated in the attached figure 9. Each group outlines the different solutions available to the various pore pressure gradients.000psi choke may be rigged up with a 2.ARPO ENI S.p. Since the well control system must be able to contain any anticipated formation pressures that may be encountered. the maximum anticipated surface pressures must first be calculated. The co-ordinates in the graph are ‘depth’ and ‘pressure’ and comprises of two groups of lines respectively. except that the WP of the annular preventer. the setting depths of the various casings and the relative pore pressure gradients must be found or determined during the design phase. The weakest element within any pressure control system determines the maximum pressure that can be safely contained.000psi. different operating companies and contractors may vary from these general requirements if dictated by individual company policy and philosophy. For instance. are representing the BOP’s to be used while drilling. rig and the wellbore.1.

This pressure is: Pmax = where: H Gf Dg H (GF .01 2. this pressure roughly corresponds to the limit value required for pumping gas into the formation and is thus actually attainable in practice.18 2.Dg) (Kg/cm 2 ) 10 Casing shoe depth (m) Fracture gradient of the casing shoe (kg/cm2/10m) Gas density.A.200 4.p. This hypothesis however is completely unrealistic in the drilling design.70 2.620 4.000 10.30 1.29 BOP Drilling (psi) 2.000 5. assumed = 0. Agip Division IDENTIFICATION CODE PAGE 123 OF 230 REVISION STAP-P-1-M-6100 0 Example: The casing program assumes that a well test will be carried out at the shoe of 7” casing.000 Table 9. From the diagram shown in table 9.3 (kg/dm3) = = = In the case of a well test.ARPO ENI S.43 Pore Press.00 Fracture Gradient (kg/cm2/10m) 1.000 - Size Production Test (psi) 15. Casing (ins) 20 13 /8 9 /8 7 5 3 Shoe Depth (m) 750 2.BOP Selection Example Data The maximum theoretical stress possible at the casing head (Pmax) occurs when the well is full of gas and the fracture pressure has been reached at the shoe of the last casing run. drilling pressure values and the size of BOP to be used should be obtained which is given in table 9. Gradient (kg/cm2/10m) 1.830 Overburden Gradient (kg/cm2/10m) 2. .03 1.83 2.A .36 2.a.23 2. for which 60% of the pressure Pmax will be used as limit value according to company policy in burst design criteria of the ‘Casing Design Manual’.a the maximum test.42 2.

BOP Selection Example .ARPO ENI S.p. Agip Division IDENTIFICATION CODE PAGE 124 OF 230 REVISION STAP-P-1-M-6100 0 Figure 9.A .A.

10.2. The results of these two forces may be in such a direction as to increase angle. or to maintain a constant angle. drilling in soft formations makes the problem of drilling a straight or nearly vertical hole much easier than in very hard formations. Conversely. tubing and production string as far as dog-leg severity is concerned. It has been confirmed that the drilling bit will attempt to up dip in laminar formations with dips up to 40o. A classical example of the severe dog-leg condition which produces fatigue failures in drill pipe can be seen in figure 10. fatigue damage will build up rapidly and failure of the pipe is likely. To avoid rapid fatigue failure of pipe.b.1. This force tends to bring the hole back towards the vertical. In general. 10. there is another force on the bit which tends to direct the hole away from vertical. The exact cause of holes becoming crooked is not well known but some logical theories have been presented based on appearance. fatigue damage is avoided. Agip Division IDENTIFICATION CODE PAGE 125 OF 230 REVISION STAP-P-1-M-6100 0 10. only a small change in angle can be tolerated. but to the right. This curve is designed for a 4 /2" 16. point A moves from the inside of the bend to the outside and back to the inside again.1. Cyclic stress reversals of this nature cause fatigue failures in drill pipe. if the dog-leg is close to total depth. Suggested limits are given in figure 10.60lbs/ft Grade ‘E’ drill pipe and represents the stress endurance limits of the drill pipe under various tensile loads and in various rates of change in hole angle.A. tension in the pipe will be low and a larger change in angle can be tolerated. the rate of change of the hole angle must be controlled. It can be seen from this plot that with a dog-leg high WP in the hole with high tension in the pipe. then the hole will be acceptable for conventional casing. DOG-LEG AND KEY SEAT PROBLEMS 10. so that every fibre of the pipe under goes both minimum tension and maximum tension every rotation.a. but as the pipe is rotated.2. usually within the first two feet (0. The stress at point B is greater than the stress at point A. This graph is a plot of the tension in 1 the pipe versus change in hole angle in degrees per 100ft. Drill Pipe Fatigue If a programme is designed in such a way that drill pipe damage is avoided while drilling the hole. BHA DESIGN AND STABILISATION STRAIGHT HOLE DRILLING Drilling a perfectly straight hole is certainly an impossibility. Another factor for consideration is the bending characteristics of the drill stem. With no weight on the bit. decrease angle. In particular the effects of the drill string bending and encountering dips may be much less when drilling soft formations while in hard formations which have high dip angles require high bit weight which are the factors against drilling a straight or vertical hole.ARPO ENI S. .p. If conditions fall to the left of this curve. designs. This theory is based on the assumption that the drill string will lie on the low side of an inclined hole. the only force acting on the bit is the result of the weight of the string portion between the bit and the tangency point.6m) of the body adjacent to the tool joint due to the abrupt change of section. A well designed bottom hole assembly only controls veering off-line to be maintained within acceptable pre-planned limits. When weight is applied.

Running casing Running casing through a dog-leg can cause serious problems.6. preventing a good cement bond as no cement can circulate between the wall of the hole and the casing at this point.2.2.A. Agip Division IDENTIFICATION CODE PAGE 126 OF 230 REVISION STAP-P-1-M-6100 0 Note: Refer to figure 10. causing future hole problems. 10. Cementing Dog-legs will force casing tightly against the wall of the hole. Casing Wear While Drilling The lateral force of the drill pipe rotating against the casing in the dog-leg or dragging through it while tripping.2. heaving of the hole or also by extra large OD drill collars contacting a key seat while tripping the drill string out of the hole.c for the maximum safe dog-leg limits when using Grade ‘E’ drill pipe.p. can cause substantial wear to the casing. an expensive fishing job or a junked hole could occur.2. Even if running the casing to bottom through the dog-leg is successful. 10. thereby preventing the running of production equipment inside the casing. 10.5. It may be difficult to run packers and tools in and out of the well without getting stuck because of distorted or collapsed casing. It is obviously preferred to produce through straight tubing to avoid friction losses and prevent turbulence. 10.2. . it will not extend through the productive zone. The wall of the hole can also be damaged. 10. If the stress endurance limit of the drill pipe is exceeded. 10. This could cause drilling problems and/or a possible serious blow-out. Logging Logging tools and wire line can become stuck in key seats.4. If the casing becomes stuck in the dog-leg.ARPO ENI S.3. Stuck Pipe Sticking can occur by sloughing. Production Problems In rod pump completions rod wear and tubing leaks associated with dog-legs can cause expensive remedial costs.7. This would make it necessary to drill out the shoe and set a smaller size casing through the productive interval. the casing could be severely damaged.2.2.

Agip Division IDENTIFICATION CODE PAGE 127 OF 230 REVISION STAP-P-1-M-6100 0 Figure 10.A .B .60# Grade E Drill Pipe .Dog Leg and Key Seating Figure 10.Endurance Limit For 16.p.ARPO ENI S.A.

A. This should create a useful hole with a fullgauge. Agip Division IDENTIFICATION CODE PAGE 128 OF 230 REVISION STAP-P-1-M-6100 0 Figure 10. key seats. If the proper selection of drill collars and bottom hole tools is made.C -Maximum Safe Dog leg Limits 10. only gradual changes in hole angle can develop. . thereby making it possible to complete the well.3.3. The object is to select a bottom hole assembly to be run above the bit with the necessary stiffness and wall contact tools to force the bit to drill in the general direction of the hole already drilled. smooth bore free from dog-leg. 10.ARPO ENI S. Packed Hole Theory A packed hole assembly is used to overcome crooked hole problems and the pendulum is used only as a corrective measure to reduce angle when the maximum permissible deviation has been reached. The packed hole assembly is sometimes referred to as the ‘gun barrel’ approach because a series of stabilisers is used in the hole already drilled to guide the bit straight ahead. There are two possible solutions.1. HOLE ANGLE CONTROL In order to reduce the possible causes of bit deviation and the problems associated with crooked holes.p. offsets. one using the pendulum and the other the packed BHA concepts. spirals and ledges.

1. two points will contact and follow a curved line. for example. 3) 10. the weight of the drill collar between the bit and the first point of contact with the wall of the hole by the drill collar i.4. 10. It is the only force that tends to bring the hole back towards vertical. but the addition of one more point makes it impossible to follow a curve. The reaction of the formation to these loads may be resolved into two forces.A.4. If a bar diameter is doubled its stiffness is increased 16 fold. . Large diameter drill collars are the ultimate in stiffness. so it is important to select the maximum diameter collars that can be safely run.d.e. but it would still not be considered a good packed hole assembly. Agip Division IDENTIFICATION CODE PAGE 129 OF 230 REVISION STAP-P-1-M-6100 0 10. one parallel to the axis of the hole and one perpendicular to the axis of the hole. Experience confirms that a single stabiliser just above the bit generally acts as fulcrum or pivot point and will build angle because the lateral force of the unstabilised collars above will cause the bit to push to one side as weight is applied. Length Of Tool Assembly It is important that wall contact assemblies provide sufficient length of contact to assure alignment with the hole already drilled.2. Another stabilising point. As shown in figure 10.2.4. Pendulum Theory The forces which act upon the bit can be resolved into: 1) 2) The axial load supplied by the weight of the drill collars.ARPO ENI S.a shows moments of inertia (I). With these two points. This force is the tendency of the unsupported length of drill collar to swing over against the low side of the hole due to gravity. three or more stabilising points are needed to form a packed hole assembly. at 30ft (10m) above the bit will nullify some of the fulcrum effect. The lateral force.p. Stiffness Stiffness is probably the most misunderstood of all the issues to be considered about drill collars. table 10.3. which is proportional to stiffness which is given for the most popular drill collars in various diameters. Therefore. this assembly will stabilise the bit and remove some of the hole angle-building tendency. Pendulum force. 10. DESIGNING A PACKED HOLE ASSEMBLY The following factors need to be considered when designing a packed hole assembly. Realisation of diameter and its proportion to stiffness is an important factor.

A .D .A. Agip Division IDENTIFICATION CODE PAGE 130 OF 230 REVISION STAP-P-1-M-6100 0 Three or more stabilising points make a packed bottom hole assembly.Packed Hole Assembly Stabilising Points OD (ins) 5" 6 /4" 6 /2" 6 /4" 7" 8" 9" 10" 11" 3 1 1 ID (ins) 2 /4" 2 /4" 2 /4" 2 /4" 2 /16" 2 /16" 2 /16" 3" 3" Table 10.Drill Collar Stiffness 13 13 13 1 1 1 I (ins4) 29 74 86 100 115 198 318 486 713 .ARPO ENI S. 3 2 2 2 1 1 1 Figure 10.p.

On the other hand.e shows three basic assemblies required to provide the necessary stiffness and stabilisation for a packed hole assembly.4.5. a long blade stabiliser may be required. Hole enlargement in formations that erode quickly tends to reduce affective alignment of the bottom hole assembly.4. Agip Division IDENTIFICATION CODE PAGE 131 OF 230 REVISION STAP-P-1-M-6100 0 10. The length of contact needed between the tool and the wall of the hole will be determined by the formation. for example. the more exacting the clearance requirements are. figure 10. PACKED BOTTOM HOLE ASSEMBLIES Proper design of a packed bottom hole assembly requires a knowledge of crooked hole tendencies and the degree of drillability of the formations to be drilled in each particular area. . the short drill collar length in feet is approximately equal to the hole size in inches. If.4. If this should happen. then 60ft above the bit. hard and uniform. 10. Formation Firmness • • • • Hard to medium hard formations Abrasive Non abrasive Medium hard to soft formations. if the formation is soft and unconsolidated. 10.ARPO ENI S. If the formation is strong. For example a short drill collar length of 6 to 10ft (23m) would be satisfactory in an 8 “ hole. Wall Support and Length of Contact Tool Bottom assembly must adequately contact the wall of the hole to stabilise the bit and centralise the drill collars.A. This problem can be reduced by controlling the annular velocity and mud properties. The surface area in contact must be sufficient to prevent the stabilising tool from digging into the wall of the hole.p. a 1/16" undergauge from hole diameter is satisfactory just above the bit. 1/8" clearance can be critical factor for a packed hole assembly.3. For basic design practices the following are considered pertinent parameters and are defined: Crooked Hole Drilling Tendencies • • • Mild crooked hole Medium crooked hole Severe crooked hole. As a general rule of thumb. a short narrow contact surface is adequate and will insure proper stabilisation. plus or minus two feet. stabilisation would be lost and the hole would drift. Clearance The closer the stabiliser is to the bit. A short drill collar is used between Zone 1 and Zone 2 to reduce the amount of deflection that might be caused by the drill collar weight.

Basic Packed BHAs .p.A.E .2ft Figure 10.ARPO ENI S. Agip Division IDENTIFICATION CODE PAGE 132 OF 230 REVISION STAP-P-1-M-6100 0 * The short drill collar length is determined by the hole size Hole size (inches) = Short DC (ft) +/.

it should remain in its original pick-up position during the pendulum operations.f). a perfectly vertical hole is not possible. Agip Division IDENTIFICATION CODE PAGE 133 OF 230 REVISION STAP-P-1-M-6100 0 10.Pendulum BHA .ARPO ENI S. The pendulum assembly is based on the principle that the only force available to straighten a deviated hole is the weight of the drill collars between the point of tangency (stabiliser) and the bit. the pendulum length of collars are slung below the regular packed hole assembly. PENDULUM BOTTOM HOLE ASSEMBLIES Because all packed assemblies will bend to some extent. When this condition occurs the pendulum technique is employed. If it is anticipated that the packed hole assembly will be required after reduction of the hole angle. It is only necessary to ream the length of the pendulum collars prior to resuming normal drilling.F . If a vibration dampening device is used in the packed pendulum assembly. The rate of hole angle change may be kept to a minimum but occasionally conditions will arise where the total hole deviation must be reduced. In the packed pendulum technique. the packed pendulum technique is recommended. When hole deviation has been dropped to an acceptable limit.p.6. (Refer to figure 10. the pendulum collars are removed and the packed hole assembly again is run above the bit. Figure 10.A. however small the amount of deflection drilling.

Worse than this.G . Agip Division IDENTIFICATION CODE PAGE 134 OF 230 REVISION STAP-P-1-M-6100 0 10. One of the earliest techniques for straightening the hole was to reduce the weight on the bit and speed up the rotary table. the straightening of a hole by reducing bit weight should be done very gradually so that the hole will tend to return to vertical without sharp bends and be much safer for future drilling. In recent years it has been found that this is not always the best procedure because reducing the bit weight sacrifices considerable penetration rate.7. Therefore as a point of caution. Figure 10.Reduced Bit Weight . it frequently causes dog-legs as illustrated in. REDUCED BIT WEIGHT By reducing the weight on the bit. the bending tendency of the drill string are changed and the hole will be straighter.ARPO ENI S.A.p. A reduction of bit weight is usually required when changing from a packed hole assembly to a pendulum or packed pendulum drilling operation.

Figure 10. Abrupt changes can lead to concentrations in bending stresses which in turn can lead to a twist off (Refer to figure 10.8. DRILL STRING DESIGN The normal drill string design practice aim is to avoid abrupt changes in component cross sectional areas.ARPO ENI S. table 10.ID4) Radius of the tube OD/2 At a crossover from one tubular size to another size.h). The following are used to determine the section modulus I/C: I = = C = = Moment of inertia π/64 x (OD4.Bending Moment .p. table 10. The ratio I/C between the moment of inertia (I) and radius (C) of the pipe is directly related to the resistance to bending.A.5 for hard formations.c illustrates some possible drill strings and their acceptability. HW drill pipes and drill collars.H . Agip Division IDENTIFICATION CODE PAGE 135 OF 230 REVISION STAP-P-1-M-6100 0 10.b shows the ratio (I/C) for the most common sizes of drill pipes.5 for soft formations and less than 3. the ratio (I/C large pipe)/(I/C small pipe) should be less than 5.

000 25.20 4.892 19.I/C Ratios for standard Tubulars .00 4.7 10.476 11.0 83.70 5.6 20.1 6.2 71.B .9 1.3 5.8 97.408 16.0 2.7 0.8 18.276 19.8 Extra Weight Pipe OD (ins) 41/2 5 l C =(Moment of Inertia) 1 WT 32.670 24.50 4.2 3.815 6.9 5.1 1.6 2.7 3.ARPO ENI S.0 42.7 = ( /64) x (OD – ID ) x 3.826 16.60 4.6 2.85 1.3 6.965 25.3 17.90 4.9 54. Agip Division IDENTIFICATION CODE PAGE 136 OF 230 REVISION STAP-P-1-M-6100 0 OD (ins) 31/2 41/8 43/4 53/4 53/4 6 6 61/4 61/4 61/2 61/2 3 6 /4 63/4 7 71/4 73/4 73/4 8 8 81/4 81/4 81/2 9 91/2 10 111/4 12 Drill Collar ID (ins) 11/2 2 21/4 21/4 213/16 21/4 23/16 21/4 23/16 21/4 23/16 21/4 23/16 23/16 23/16 23/16 3 3 2 /16 3 23/16 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 I/C 4.7 26.2 59.6 9.340 14.9 2.85 2.5 49.6 4.65 2.7 37.20 I/C 0.4 49.40 3 9.6 4 I/C 7.85 3.8 9.50 2.1 7.8 20.7 7.640 20.1 4.30 2.5 ID (ins) 213/16 3 OD (ins) 23/8 23/8 27/8 27/8 31/2 31/2 31/2 4 4 41/2 41/2 41/2 5 5 5 51/2 51/2 51/2 65/8 Drill Pipe ID (ins) WT 2 4.1 29.764 13.3 55.958 13.441 6.60 3.50 3.3 22.602 15.6 32.142 4 = Radius of the Tube in inches Ratio = I / C Drill Collars I / C Drill Pipes Table 10.778 21.5 44.75 3.1 7.2 138.2 23.00 3.A.25 4.6 44.7 26.151 10.p.8 154.2 30.

4 1.5 lbs/ft DC 6 /4 x 2 /16” DP 5” x 19.7 83.ARPO ENI S.6lbs/ft DP 5” x 19.9 1.5lbs/ft DP 5x 19.7 83.p.9 - Remarks Not Recommended 17 /2 1 DC 9 /2 x 3 DC 8 /4” x 2 /16 HWDP 5” x 42.Drill String Acceptability . Agip Division IDENTIFICATION CODE PAGE 137 OF 230 REVISION STAP-P-1-M-6100 0 Hole Size (ins) Drill Collar/Drill Pipe (ins) DC 91/2 x 3 DC 8 /4 x 21 /16 DP 5 x 19.9 1.8 55.7 83.7 5.6lbs/ft DP 5” x 19.A.7 5.5lbs/ft 8 /8 5 1 13 1 13 OK For SOFT Formations Not 3.7 22.9 5.5 5.7 5.C .9 Recommended Recommended DC 6 /4 x 2 /16” HWDP 5” x 42. add HWDP DC 8 /4 x 2 /16” HWDP 5” x 42.2 1.7 22.9 1. add HWDP DC 8 /4 x 2 /16” DC 6 /4 x 2 /16 DP 5” x 19.5lbs/ft 1 13 Table 10.5lbs/ft 1 1 13 1 1 3 I/C 83.7 5.5 9.8 55.8 55.8 5.8 55.7 83.8 55.7 5.5lbs/ft DC 9 /2 x 3 DC 8 /4 x 2 /16 DP 5 /2 x 19.7 5.2 1.5lbs/ft DC /2” x 3” 12 /4” 1 91 1 13 1 13 OK For HARD Formations Note: For every hard formations.5lbs/ft DC /2” x 3” 12 /4” 1 91 Note: For every hard formations.9 10.7 10.8 55.5 1.5 2.9 22.9 7.8 1.9 10.1 1.5lbs/ft DC 9 /2 x 3 DC /4 2 1 81 13 1 1 13 1 OK for SOFT Formations /16” 13 OK For HARD Formations DC 6 /4 x 2 /16” DP 5” x 19.7 I/C Ratio 1.9 22.5 3.6lbs/ft DP 5” x 19.7 83.5 2.5 7.5 5.

These stresses increase with the diameter of the hole and results in fatigue failure of the string. Under normal conditions. When a buckled string is rotated. the string will remain straight. This is designated as ‘buckling of the second order’. . With still higher weights on the bit. in the design of BHAs. the bit is no longer vertical and a perfectly vertical hole can not be maintained.75 x m x p where: m p = = Length of one dimensionless unit. As soon as a drill string buckles in a straight hole. BOTTOM HOLE ASSEMBLY BUCKLING Without weight on the bit. a drill string is straight if the hole is straight. Therefore. If the weight on the bit is further increased.A.p. it is important to determine the critical values of weight on bit at which buckling occurs. stresses in the outside fibres of tubular are developed. As the weight is increased.i. moment of inertia of the pipe cross section and weight in mud per unit of length of the pipe. some buckling of the drill string is inevitable. therefore stiffer collars and stabiliser should be used for control of the hole angle.94 x m x p W cr2 = 3. in meters Weight in mud per unit of length of the pipe. buckling of the third and higher orders occur. a critical value of weight is reached and the drill string will buckle and contact the wall of the hole. The critical weight on bit of the first order (W cr1) and second order (W cr2) are given by the following equations: W cr1 = 1.9. The values of ‘m’ for various sizes of drill collar are plotted in figure 10. a new critical value is reached at which the drill string buckles a second time. With a sufficient small weight applied on the bit. in kg/m The dimensionless unit ‘m’ is a function of Young's modulus for steel. Agip Division IDENTIFICATION CODE PAGE 138 OF 230 REVISION STAP-P-1-M-6100 0 10.ARPO ENI S.

2.2 m 21 20 19 18 17 16 15 14 6 3/4" * 2 6 3/4" * 2 6 1/2" * 2 6 1/2" * 2 6" * 2 6" * 2 4 3/4" * 2 1.I .2 1.4 1.A.p.0 1.ARPO ENI S.6 Mud Weight 1. 1. Agip Division IDENTIFICATION CODE PAGE 139 OF 230 REVISION STAP-P-1-M-6100 0 Dimensionless Unit (m) for Various m 28 11" * 9 1/2" * 26 8 1/4" * 8 1/4" * 2 8" * 24 8" * 2 7 1/2" * 2 22 20 18 1. 1. Mud Weight 1.0 2. 2. 1. Figure 10.8 2.Dimensionless Unit (m) for Various Sizes of DC .

mainly as the near bit stabiliser. Integral sleeve stabilisers may also be used in large hole sizes above 121/4". the stabiliser has to be replaced.A. Stabilisers (and subs.10. etc. All stabilisers for hole size up to 121/4” must be the tight type in order to assure a complete (360°) contact with the borehole. shall be the ‘right hand type’. The maximum allowable wear of the stabiliser blades should be in accordance with the previous point. 2) 3) 4) 5) 6) 7) 8) 9) 10) 11) . Agip Division IDENTIFICATION CODE PAGE 140 OF 230 REVISION STAP-P-1-M-6100 0 10. Stabilisers larger than 15" shall have four blades as standard.) should be demagnetised after a magnetic particle inspection. All stabilisers for hole size over 121/4" must be open type but not less than 210°. Tungsten carbide smooth surface solid body integral blade stabilisers are preferred. All stabilisers smaller than 15" OD shall have three blades. The spiral profile of blades. If such a limit is reached at any point. For deviated holes. for both string and near bit type stabiliser. the stabiliser positions in the BHA depend entirely on directional drilling requirements and as a rule determined by the Directional Engineer. if applicable. SUMMARY RECOMMENDATIONS FOR STABILISATION 1) For the vertical section of the hole the purpose of stabilisation.p. to prevent wall sticking. is to maintain the drift angle as low as possible to zero and. All stabilisers shall be the ‘integral type’ and machined from a single block of material or the ‘integral sleeve type’ fitted by head or hydraulic pressure (not threaded).ARPO ENI S. All stabilisers should have a fishing neck with the same OD as the drill collars and a length not shorter than 20” for stabilisers up to 6” hole size and 26” for larger hole size stabilisers. in order to position the stabilisation point right on top of the bit. The maximum allowable reduction value on outside diameter of stabilisers should be according to the attached tables . more than any other factor.

for string type stabilisers only.Acceptable Dimensions For Used String And Near Bit Stabilisers The maximum overall length must be as follows: • • • 75" for 6" hole size stabilisers 85" for 81/2" to 121/4" hole size stabilisers 100" for 16" to 171/2" hole size stabilisers. String Type Fishing Neck Pin End 421/32 NC 38 527/32 20 12 3 5 6 /8 NC 46 8 /16 26 12 7 5 7 /8 6 /8 R 12 26 12 93/8 7 5/8 R 12 26 12 3 5 3 9 /8 7 /8 R 15 /4 26 12 3 5 3 9 /8 7 /8 R 17 /16 26 12 Main dimensions of string and near bit type stabilisers in ins. Agip Division IDENTIFICATION CODE PAGE 141 OF 230 REVISION STAP-P-1-M-6100 0 Hole Size Body OD Rotary Conns Blade OD String Type Blade OD Near Bit Type Length of Fishing Neck Length of Pin End Length of Min Width Box of Blades Bit 53/4 57/8 6 83/8 81/2 121/4 121/4 16 16 171/2 171/2 23 23 26 26 28 421/32 421/32 421/32 63/8 63/8 77/8 93/8 93/8 107/8 93/8 107/8 93/8 107/8 93/8 107/8 107/8 NC 38 519/32 519/32 20 12 23 23 NC 38 5 /32 5 /32 20 12 23 27 NC 38 5 /32 5 /32 20 12 3 13 NC 46 8 /16 8 /64 26 12 5 21 NC 46 8 /16 8 /64 26 12 6 5/8 R 12 123/64 26 12 7 5/8 R 12 123/64 26 12 5 3 3 7 /8 R 15 /4 15 /4 26 12 5 3 3 8 /8 R 15 /4 15 /4 26 12 5 3 1 7 /8 R 17 /4 17 /4 26 12 5 3 1 8 /8 R 17 /16 17 /4 26 12 5 11 3 7 /8 R 22 /16 22 /4 26 12 5 11 3 8 /8 R 22 /16 22 /4 26 12 5 11 3 7 /8 R 25 /16 25 /4 26 12 5 11 3 8 /8 R 25 /16 25 /4 26 12 8 5/8 R 2711/16 273/4 26 12 Main dimensions of string and near bit type stabilisers in ins.p. Minimum Width of Blades 2 1 2 /2 3 3 4 4 Body OD Table 10.A. 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 2 2 2 21/2 21/2 3 3 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 Table 10.D .E .Acceptable Dimensions For Used String And Near Bit Stabilisers The maximum overall length.ARPO ENI S. must be as follows: • • • Hole Size 6 81/2 121/4 121/4 16 171/2 75" for 53/4" to 6" hole size stabilisers 85" for 83/8" to 121/4" hole size stabilisers 100" for 16" to 28" hole size stabilisers. Rotary Blade OD Length of Length Conn. .

11. stronger drill pipe shall be added to the string.12.) may require higher values of MOP.9) . 10. run in the hole with maximum care. likelihood of becoming stuck.ARPO ENI S. The overall drilling conditions (directional well. The submerged load (P) hanging below any section of drill pipe can be calculated as follow: P = L dp x W dp where: Ldp Lc W dp Wc Kb = = = = = [( ) + (L c x Wc ) x K b ] Length of drill pipe in feet Length of drill collar in feet Weight per foot of drill pipe in air Weight per foot of drill collar in air Buoyancy factor The difference between the maximum allowable tension and the calculated load represents the Margin of Over Pull (MOP): MOP = (Pt x 0.p.5m) + String Stab + K Monel DC + String Stab + 2 DC + String Stab. Tight zones must be reamed free before proceeding with the trip.000lbs (27t) and it shall be calculated for the topmost joint of each size.P where: Pt 0. Agip Division IDENTIFICATION CODE PAGE 142 OF 230 REVISION STAP-P-1-M-6100 0 10. GENERAL GUIDELINES 1) 2) 3) 4) 5) Packed hole assemblies shall generally be used unless otherwise dictated by hole conditions. If the bottom hole assembly is different from the one previously used. hole drag.9 = = Theoretical tension load from table Design factor The minimum recommended value of MOP is 60. monitoring the weight indicator closely. etc. When the depth is reached where the MOP approaches the minimum recommended value. OPERATING LIMITS OF DRILL PIPE The design of the drill string for static tensile loads requires sufficient strength in drill pipe to support the submerged weight of drill pipe and drill collar below.A. Any indication of string dragging must be promptly detected. The anticipated total depth with next string run and expected mud weight should be considered when calculating the MOP. Any change in the stabilisation from that specified in the drilling programme must be authorised by the Company Drilling Office . Standard packed hole assembly should be: Bit + Near Bit Stab + Short DC (7ft =2. weight. A stabilised string can be used to drill out shoe-tracks after casing setting unless there is so much cement left inside the casing to discourage such a procedure. grade and classification of drill pipe.

air) Formation type and properties Mud system Rig cost With emerging improvements in technology on bit design. However. Agip Division IDENTIFICATION CODE PAGE 143 OF 230 REVISION STAP-P-1-M-6100 0 11. BIT SELECTION This section is a guide to engineers in the selection of bits and bit optimisation.2. IADC ROLLER BIT CLASSIFICATION The array of bit names and nomenclature in earlier years gave rise for the need of a standard classification system. Most bit manufacturers adopted the system followed by the API and the system now appears as API Recommended Practice 7G The original system uses a three digit code for classification constructed as follows: A. rotary.1. Implementing a bit weight-rotary speed programme based on theoretical calculations that will improve the performance above the existing best performances in the area. 11.A. Many factors need to considered and evaluated: • • • • • Bit cost Method of drilling (turbine. In 1972 the IADC adopted a three digit classification system for roller bit nomenclature. which is the subgroup Is a number from 1-9. C where: A: B: C: Is a number from 1-8. B. which is the major class Is a number from 1-4. Drilling optimisation can be considered to having three phases: a) b) c) Selection of the proper bit for drilling conditions Monitoring the drilling performance and conditions on the prospect well so that the performance is equal to or above the average in the area.p. PLANNING Selection of the proper bits for a well programme is an important decision that has a big impact on well costs. which is the speciality feature . it is necessary to optimise drilling operations by evaluating all of the above parameters. The last phase is difficult to implement in a one or two well drilling programme but is valuable in development drilling. often the first two phases are not given the importance they deserve 11.ARPO ENI S.

For example a 1-2 bit is a mill tooth bit designed to drill formations of a slightly greater compressive strength than required for a 1-1 bit. Speciality Feature The code numbers and relative speciality features are shown in table 11.B– Special Feature Codes Feature Soft formations of low compressive strength and high drillability Medium to medium-hard formations with high compressive strength Hard semi-abrasive or abrasive formations Formations .ARPO ENI S. Major Group Classification The major classification number denotes the formation types in which the rollers bit should be used as per table 11.A – Roller Bit Major Group Classification Sub-Group Classification The subgroup classification is simply four progressive steps of compressive strength from 1 being low up to 4 for the highest within that major group.1. Agip Division IDENTIFICATION CODE PAGE 144 OF 230 REVISION STAP-P-1-M-6100 0 11.2. etc.p.A.a below: Group Number Mill Tooth Bits 1 2 3 Insert Bits 4 5 6 7 8 Very soft formations Soft to medium formations with low compressive strength Medium-hard formations with high compressive strength Hard semi-abrasive or abrasive formations Extremely hard and abrasive formations Table 11.b below: Code Number 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Standard Air Gauge insert Roller seal bearing Seal bearing and gauge protection Friction seal bearing Friction bearing and gauge protection Directional Other Table 11.

These bits.2. The mill tooth bit cone teeth can be heat treated to provide better wear resistance but only are good up to classification 3. see table 11.ARPO ENI S. were found to wear quickly when hard abrasive rocks were encountered. Type Mill Tooth Bits Class 1-1. Agip Division IDENTIFICATION CODE PAGE 145 OF 230 REVISION STAP-P-1-M-6100 0 11.C– Roller Bit Type and Classification . 1-2. The inserts are of varying shapes to suit the best penetration in a particular rock. 1-3. hence they were termed ‘Mill Tooth’ bits. Insert bits are used for range 4 through 8.c below: Cone offset also has a significant effect on the penetration rate due to the shear mechanism which best suits the formation types. 2-2 2-3 3 4 5-2 5-3 6-1 6-2 7-1 7-2 8 Formation Type Very soft Soft Medium Medium hard Hard Very soft Soft Medium-soft Medium shales Medium limes Medium hard Medium Hard chert Tooth Description Hard-faced tip Hard-faced side Hard-faced side Case hardened Case hardened Long blunt chisel Long sharp chisel Medium chisel Medium projectile Short chisel Short projectile Conical or hemispherical Offset 3-4o 2-3 o 1-2o 1-2o 0o 2-3o 2-3o 1-2o 1-2o 0 0 0 Insert Bits Table 11. This resulted in the introduction of cones which had teeth inserted into the cone made of more wear resistant materials such as tungsten carbide. Bit Cones The range of bits listed in the major classification primarily has two types of cone.A.2. however. The original cutter bits had cone teeth machined out of the cone material by a mill.p. 1-4 2-1.

Bit weight is reduced. Some of the most important benefits of diamond bits over roller bits are: • • • • 11. PDC Bits PDC or Stratapax bits were introduced in the 1970s and features the greater abrasion resistance of the diamond complimented by the strength and impact resistance of cemented tungsten carbide.D .3. IADC Fixed Cutter Classification To cater for the wide range of fixed cutter bits including natural diamond and PDC.2. The advancement in technology in PDC design and performance in recent years has been significant and there is now many manufacturers with wide ranges of bits now available.3. IADC introduced the following classification system. Table 11. Natural Diamond Bits Natural diamond bits are constructed with diamonds embedded into a matrix and are used in conventional rotary.p.A. Agip Division IDENTIFICATION CODE PAGE 146 OF 230 REVISION STAP-P-1-M-6100 0 11. S. there is no IADC classification system similar to roller bits but simply a code to provide a means of characterising the general physical of fixed cutter drill bits.ARPO ENI S.3. 11.3. 11. and coring operations.1. Due to the diversity of bits and bit features available. Diamond bits can provide improved drilling rates over roller bits in some particular formations and all the diamond bit suppliers provide comparison tables between roller bit and diamond bit performance to aid users in bit selection based on economic evaluation. The classification system consists of a four character code Code 1 .Cutter Type and Body Material (D. The low weight and lack of moving parts make them well suited for turbine drilling. turbine. O) Code 2 . therefore deviation control is improved. T.3. M. These are natural diamond and the PDC (Poly-crystalline Compact).Cutter Size and Density (1-9) Code 1 Cutter Type & Body Material Code 2 Bit Profile Code 3 Hydraulic Design Code 4 Cutter Size and Density Bit failure potential is reduced due to there being no moving parts.IADC Fixed Cutter Classification Code .Hydraulic Design (1-9) Code 4 .Bit Profile (1-9) Code 3 . Less drilling effort is required by the shearing cutting action compared to the cracking and grinding action of the roller bit. DIAMOND BIT CLASSIFICATION Two types of diamond bits are used for special applications where their cutting action is most efficient.

A. Code 2 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Long Taper Long Taper Long Taper Medium Taper Medium Taper Medium Taper Short Taper Short Taper Short Taper Table 11. Agip Division IDENTIFICATION CODE PAGE 147 OF 230 REVISION STAP-P-1-M-6100 0 Code 1 The subgroup classification is simply a five letter designation categorising the type of cutter and body material.p.ARPO ENI S.E – Code 1 Cutter Type and Body Material Code 2 The code numbers (1-9) categorise the bit profile by shape.Code 3 Hydraulic Design .F– Code 2 Bit Profile Code 3 The code numbers (1-9) describe the hydraulic features. Changeable Sets Bladed Ribbed Open Faced 1 4 7 Fixed Ports 2 5 8 Open Throat 3 6 9 Bit Profile Deep Cone Medium Cone Shallow Cone (parabolic) Deep Cone Medium Cone Shallow Cone (rounded) Deep Cone (inverted) Medium Cone Shallow Cone (flat face) Cutter Type and Body Material Natural Diamond Matrix Body Table 11. Group Letter D M T S O PDC Matrix Body TSP Matrix Body PDC Steel Body Other Table 11.G .

4. However there is still a simple guidelines that can be used to increase drill rates and.p. Where a number of bits can be used. 11.ARPO ENI S. however these classifications are vague but unfortunately no superior classification method exists. hence reduce drilling costs. the bit selected will depend on other conditions such as mud type and hole size. Since the variety of bits available. . Bit action in hard and abrasive formations is by failure in the compressive mode and as a result bits which use shear action are not very successful.H . Light Large Medium Small 1 4 7 Medium 2 5 8 Heavy 3 6 9 Table 11. In this case. roller bits in IADC code range 6-1-7 or higher are usually more successful as they have been designed for abrasive wear which may be very damaging to shear failure action bits. medium taper-deep cone.Code 4 Cutter Size and Density An example bit code would then be M442 equates to a PDC bit with matrix body. is much wider with the introduction of innovative bit designs and the improvement in existing designs. Agip Division IDENTIFICATION CODE PAGE 148 OF 230 REVISION STAP-P-1-M-6100 0 Code 4 The code numbers (1-9) categorise the cutter size and cutter material. bit selection in soft formations becomes a matter of defining the conditions that produce the lowest drilling costs. outlined in the previous sections. BIT SELECTION Selecting the correct bit for the anticipated drilling conditions requires an evaluation of numerous parameters.1.4.A. Therefore. The parameters involved in the selection of drill bits are: • • • • • • Formation hardness Mud types Directional control Rotary system Coring Bit size 11. Formation Hardness/Abrasiveness As can be seen from the previous IADC bits are generally categorised by the hardness of the formation they can drill. Some formations such as ‘medium to hard’ are sometimes wrongly defined because they had previously experienced low drilling rates although this was actually due to wrong bit selection or operating parameters used. changeable jets-ribbed design with large size cutter of medium density. say to drill a soft formations. the bit selection process is now much more complicated than it was previously.

Turbine drilling may have a tendency to left-hand walk. 11.4. often resulting from clay rocks that are hydratable. The factors affecting directional control are: • • • • • Method of drilling BHA design Type of bit Rotary bit cone offset. hence cone offset problems are favoured. High bit weights tend to increase directional control problems and. Bits designed for sticky formations have a high degree of teeth inter-fit and hydraulics such as centre jetting capabilities.4. and BHA stabilisation. This tendency is increased when using roller bits are used as cone offset from the bit centre increases. Roller bits are also available with a special cutting structure that are caused by formation dip which normally induces movement towards the dip. PDC. bit gauge length.g. low bit weights help maintain straight hole at a penalty in reduced drilling rate. 11. number of cones. e. 1-2-8 is a soft bit for directional control. .A. Directional Control Directional control is affected by a number of factors including these relating to drill bits. Mud Types Oil based muds often reduce the drilling rates with roller cone bits whereas PDC and diamond bits are not effected. the matrix and blade structures becomes weak and break. therefore causing bit failure. diamond and short tooth roller cone bits have been particularly unsuccessful unless when PDCs are used with oil based mud.2. Cone bits are available with internal porting to the roller bearings keeping them cool enough and. In general.3. although PDC and diamond bits do not have ant moving parts. the cuttings stick to the teeth or bit structure and impede drilling efficiency. These are include in the IADC codes under special feature #8. Air drilling almost certainly requires the use of roller cone bits as air cannot provide sufficient cooling as liquids do. This is controlled by the turbine used. vice versa.p. Diamonds themselves will fail around 750oC for polycrystallines and 1. Agip Division IDENTIFICATION CODE PAGE 149 OF 230 REVISION STAP-P-1-M-6100 0 Formations with sticky characteristics. This is substantiated by numerous results test reports. cutting structure on the cone Bit weight Rotary drilling operations are inclined to right-hand walk.ARPO ENI S. The special feature is outside teeth that dig into a dipping formation thus preventing the movement towards the dip. PDC bits drill faster than mill tooth or diamond bits in soft to medium-soft rocks unless they are sticky. The advantage of increased drilling rate when using cones with higher offsets must be balanced with the difficulty in maintaining directional control.200oC for natural. Oil based mud is actually believed to enhance the performance of PDC bits since they inhibit clay hydration and stickiness. Due to this PDC bits with their relatively lower bit weights and no cones. Some bit manufacturers have developed two and four coned roller bits purely for directional cone purposes.

Apparent inconsistencies sometimes appear in the data which may be due to vibration originating at the bit which helps in the rock failure and so aids the drilling process.5. It might be thought that drilling rate should be proportional to rotary speed since the drilling occurs due to contact of between the bit teeth and the rock formations and that these are proportional to rotary speed.5. in general in deep wells.4. This linear assumption is not substantiated by any data and in fact penetration rates are less than linear. Bit Size 3 Roller bits are available off-the-shelf for almost all sizes between the range of 3 /8” – 26” in almost every type.ARPO ENI S. This will include rotary speeds. Due to turbine drilling efficiency. PDC or diamond bits are both used for coring operations and are selected by using the previous parameters outlined. It has often been proven that slower bit speeds and greater bit weight obtain faster rates of penetration.e. However this only holds true if the contact was equally effective at both slow and high rotational speeds. 11.a shows example drilling rates versus rotary speeds with differing bit weights and it is seen that the penetration rates are not linear to rotational speed. However. The following figure 11. the PDC bits have much better performance as they have no moving parts as rotary bits which have high failure rates due their small bearing areas. PDC bits are preferred when using surface rotary systems as reduced weight on bit reduces torque due to bit and wall friction which can be significant. Vibration on the other hand is undesirable as it causes drill string material failures such as bearings and bit teeth or failures in drill string collars and drill pipe. 11.4.6.A. PDC and diamond bits are not available off-the-shelf as rotary bits in sizes over 15”.p. CRITICAL ROTARY SPEEDS The effect of rotary drilling speeds on the rate of penetration of toothed rotary bits is difficult to evaluate and has less impact than drilling weight. cutting structure and jetting system. Agip Division IDENTIFICATION CODE PAGE 150 OF 230 REVISION STAP-P-1-M-6100 0 11. Coring Bits used for coring must be designed so that it minimises flushing of the formation fluids from core by the mud. i. bits with long life expectancies should be used such as PDC.4. When drilling in a particular area. 11.4. the bit records for previous holes drilled in the area or other offset data obtained should be analysed to determine the initial best bit programme then new technology or individual well requirements evaluated to perfect the programme. Most bit suppliers will provide data on optimum bit weight and rotary drilling speeds for specific areas of operation and most operating companies will also have built up a significant data base on the types of bits they have used on previous drilling projects with respective drilling parameters. . These data from all of the sources should be evaluated to obtain the optimum drilling parameters. 4” or 5”. diamond and journal bearing insert bits. In deep wells with small holes. Drilling Method The means of turning the bit with either the rig’s rotary system or downhole motor does not place any restriction on bit selection.

Critical rotary speed can be calculated by: Critical Rotary speed = where: DP ID LP = = = Diameter of drill pipe.Rotary Speed Effect on Drilling Rate .ARPO ENI S.A. Note: Eni-Agip’s recommended weight on bit is 2ton/inch of hole diameter.A . ins 4760000 DP 2 + ID 2 LP 2 ( ) 1 /2 Figure 11. ins Length of pipe joint. ins Internal diameter. the RPM should be decreased and vice versa. if weight on a bit is increased. Agip Division IDENTIFICATION CODE PAGE 151 OF 230 REVISION STAP-P-1-M-6100 0 In practice the rotary speed should start slowly and increased until an optimum penetration rate is achieved without vibration.p. In general.

i. the primary criteria is economic resulting in optimisation based on the correct selection of bit weight. bit cost. rotary drilling speed and bit types which produce the lowest cost per foot or metre.6. The cost of the depth drilled during a single bit run is the sum of three costs. Dividing the bit run cost by the footage drilled.b). trip costs and rig operating costs for the time required for the depth drilled.A. bit life or both Nowadays.p. minimum cost drilling or MCD.e. Agip Division IDENTIFICATION CODE PAGE 152 OF 230 REVISION STAP-P-1-M-6100 0 11. With MCD it should be noted that selection of proper bit weights and drilling speeds does not always yield the maximum ROP nor the longest bit runs.B .Drilling Cost Per foot .ARPO ENI S. Figure 11. Some of the efforts have been directed in: • • • Developing drilling fluids to that yield high rates of penetration Improving solids control equipment to improve mud properties Designing bits to improve penetration rates. results in the cost per foot. The trip costs and rig operating costs are variable whereas the bit cost is fixed and generally less significant (Refer to figure 11. DRILLING OPTIMISATION In past years many attempts have been made to optimise drilling operations.

Magnetic declination for a given location changes gradually with time. An annual rate of change is applied to give the present declination.A. The magnetic declination and rates of change are obtained from detailed charts or computer program. The direction from any point on the earth’s surface. 12. By definition. Agip Division IDENTIFICATION CODE PAGE 153 OF 230 REVISION STAP-P-1-M-6100 0 12. • Quadrant Format (called ‘Field Co-ordinate’ or ‘Oil Field Format’). the bottom hole location or any intermediate portion of the hole. measured from True North. Many new tools and techniques have been developed in recent years to enhance the accuracy of this technique. TERMINOLOGY AND CONVENTIONS True North: Geographic North: Magnetic North: Magnetic Declination: The direction from any point on the earth's surface to the geographic north pole which is fixed. • Direction: . DIRECTIONAL DRILLING Controlled Directional Drilling can be defined as the technique of intentionally deviating a well bore so that. The correction due to magnetic declination is the same for any of the three formats. The angle between True North and the direction shown by the north pointer of a compass needle at the location being considered. Directions can be measured and given in three ways: Azimuth. is positioned in a predetermined target(s) area. To obtain the geographic direction. The direction from any point on the earth's surface to the magnetic north pole.ARPO ENI S. that is located at a given horizontal and vertical distance from the surface location of the well.1. where the angle is measured from north in a clockwise direction from 0 to 360° (for example: 252° AZ). Inclination (Inc) also termed Drift: The angle the centre line of the well bore makes with a vertical axis below the well. the direction obtained from magnetic surveys shall be corrected simply by adding or subtracting the appropriate declination. the angle is measured from 0 to 180° East (positive) or West (negative) of North (108° W or – 108°). • Bearing Angle. straight holes have zero angle of inclination. the direction is expressed as an angle E or W of N or S (the 252 AZ becomes S72° W).p. All inclination angles are positive.

the direction of the well bore is pointing and the measured depth of the surveying instrument. When drilling with rotary drilling assemblies there is a tendency for the hole to ‘walk to the right’.p. that is ‘walk to the left’. It is usually expressed in degrees per 100ft or 30m interval drilled. generally build-up rates of 1. Turbine drilling assemblies have the opposite tendency.A.ARPO ENI S. The path expected of the bit to follow beyond the end of the well bore. The inclination angle. The path of the bore hole drilled by the bit.0o/100ft are normally used. The section of the well starting from the end of build up and where direction and inclination are maintained constant. Well Path: Projected Well Path: Station: Survey Data Build Up Rate (BUR): Dog Leg Severity (DLS): Tangent Section: Horizontal Displacement (or Horizontal Departure): Vertical Section: Lead Angle: . The rate of change of the combination of both inclination and direction of a well path between data points. The distance projected onto a horizontal plane from the origin to the point under consideration. Large rates of build-up result in increased torque and wear on drill pipe and casing and in the problems associated with accidentally side tracking or formation of key seats. A survey data point. Insufficient build-up rate will result in an increased final angle required to achieve the objective.5 to 3. The lead is the angle to be applied to the project direction at kick-off to correct the walking tendency of the drilling assemblies. Agip Division IDENTIFICATION CODE PAGE 154 OF 230 REVISION STAP-P-1-M-6100 0 Target: A predetermined area of interest whose position is defined by its horizontal and vertical distance from the surface location of the well. The projection of the horizontal displacement onto a vertical plane usually along the target direction. The well path is described by all of the data points therefore a well path survey is all the data points surveyed. The build-up should be kept as close as possible to the designated well trajectory ensuring that the rate of build-up neither lags behind nor exceed the projected well path. A station length is the measured footage between stations.

the zero value) at a line 500. The reference meridians used are 6 degrees apart providing 60 maps. 31U being the Southern North Sea (Refer to figure 12. called zones. The co-ordinates are given as Eastings and Northings.2. CO-ORDINATE SYSTEMS 12. The co-ordinates for each UTM grid sector are given in meters with the origins (i.b). Grid sectors are identified by the zone number and by a letter ranging from C to X (excluding I and O) from 80o South to 80o North.Universal Transfer Of Mercator As a Mercator projection becomes increasingly inaccurate as one moves away from the chosen meridian. The zones are numbered 0 to 60 (from west to east) with zone 31 having the 0o meridian (Greenwich) on the left and 6o E on the right. Identification of the sector is simply the number and letter of the relevant area.e.a). i. a series of reference meridians is used so that it is always possible to use a map with the reference meridian close to the place of work.A. Each zone is further sub-divided into grid sectors each one covering 8 latitude starting from the equator.1.2.A . shapes on the surface of the spheroid are transferred to the surface of the cylinder (A becomes A1 and B becomes B1). Universal Transverse Of Mercator (UTM) In the Transverse Mercator Projection the surface of the spheroid chosen to represent the Earth is wrapped in a cylinder which touches the spheroid along a chosen meridian. NORTH POLE (AXIS) CIRCLE OF CONTACT A1 B1 A B Figure 12.000m West of the centre meridian to avoid negative values and at the equator.ARPO ENI S. o . to cover the whole world. From the centre of the globe (Refer to figure 12. The cylinder is then unwrapped giving a correct scale representation along the central meridian and an increased scale away from it. Agip Division IDENTIFICATION CODE PAGE 155 OF 230 REVISION STAP-P-1-M-6100 0 12.p.e.

minutes and seconds are often converted into decimal degrees. The opposite applies for the southern hemisphere.2. Each degree is subdivided into 60 minutes and each minute further subdivided into 60 seconds (Refer to figure 12.A.2. minutes and seconds for Latitude and Longitude.261.600. In the northern hemisphere the convergence is positive for locations east of central meridian and negative for locations west of central meridian. Example Rig location: 3° 40° 36' 43' 01.184. NORD (CENTRALMERIDIAN) G G G N G True North G G a + WEST EST EQUATOR LINE + CENTRAL MERIDIAN SOUTH - Figure 12.c).600 so that 3° 36' 01" becomes: 3 + 36/60 + 1/3600 = 3.ARPO ENI S.184. Geographical co-ordinates are expressed in degrees.833. Agip Division IDENTIFICATION CODE PAGE 156 OF 230 REVISION STAP-P-1-M-6100 0 Example UTM co-ordinates of the rig: 410.833.b) between the Geographic North and the Grid North for the location being considered measured from Geographic North.Convergence Angle 12.278° .261m west of the central meridian and 6. The bearing between any two points in the same grid sector is referenced to Grid North which is the direction of a straight line running from top to bottom of the map.2 N The rig is 500. This is done by dividing the minutes by 60 and the seconds by 3.000 .0 E 6.410. Convergence is the angle ‘a’ (Refer to figure 12.B .p.2m north of the equator.5" E Longitude N Latitude For the purpose of calculations degrees.0" 06. Geographical Co-ordinates Generally rig and target co-ordinates are given in either UTM and/or geographical coordinates.

Grid Sectors .ARPO ENI S.C .A. Agip Division IDENTIFICATION CODE PAGE 157 OF 230 REVISION STAP-P-1-M-6100 0 N ° 80 N 80 ° 0 5 10 15 20 25 30 35 40 45 50 55 60 S 80 ° S ° 80 THE METHOD OF ZONE NUMBERING ACCORDING TO THE UTM SYSTEM ESCH ZONE IS 6° LONGITUDE IN WIDTH AND EXTENDS FROM 80° NORTH TO 80° SOUTH 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 64 V 56 U 31 U 48 T 40 S 32 R 24 Q 16 P 8 N 0 -8 -24 -18 -12 -6 DEGREE 0 6 12 18 24 30 36 42 48 54 60 66 72 Figure 12.p.

12.261.Example Calculation Of Horizontal Displacement The origin used may correspond to wellhead or slot in a template.d).184.661.165.A.0 m TARGET 48.904. RIG/TARGET LOCATIONS AND HORIZONTAL DISPLACEMENT The first step in planning a well.0m 1.846. displacement and direction can be determined with trigonometry as shown in the following example.D .ARPO ENI S. starts with the data defining the rig and target locations.82 + 1904. generally in UTM or geographical co-ordinates.8m 1904. The horizontal displacement (HD) to the target is thus: HD = (1661.833.3.21 m RIG Figure 12. UTM co-ordinates of rig: UTM co-ordinates of target: Absolute difference in Eastings: Absolute difference in Northings: 410.2 N 412.0 N 1.834. If the data supplied for the rig and target location are in geographical co-ordinates these must first be converted to UTM data. With these data the horizontal displacement and direction to the target can be calculated.8 m H D 2527.3. Agip Division IDENTIFICATION CODE PAGE 158 OF 230 REVISION STAP-P-1-M-6100 0 12.9° 1661. Horizontal Displacement Using UTM co-ordinates (Refer to figure 12.p.02)½ = 2527.0 E 6.0 E 6.1.21m .

90° or N 48.45° Grid Convergence RIG Est EST Fig. Target Direction The bearing to the target is: φ = tan1 (1. Taking convergence as being 1.0 : 1.661.8) = 48. The True North co-ordinates of the target are calculated with trigonometry as follow: Eastings = 2. Since survey data make reference to the Geographic North (also called True North).A.2. (b) Figure 12. Then the target bearing relative to the True North is: 48.45° E The horizontal displacement remains the same but its co-ordinates change.e).1.45° or N 47.45 = 1. as calculated above .45° in this example (Refer to figure 12. True North Target Grid North GRID NORTH NEW TARGET -1.98 .861.708.3.E . Agip Division IDENTIFICATION CODE PAGE 159 OF 230 REVISION STAP-P-1-M-6100 0 12.90° or N 48. Convergence The target co-ordinates and bearing.p.45 = 47.21 sin 47. are relative to the Grid North.527.76 Northings = 2. it is necessary to rotate the target location about the origin of the well by -1.90° E 12.21 cos 47.90° E.45° to place it in its relative position to True North.ARPO ENI S.3.3.90 . (a) Fig.527. the convergence must be applied to the target co-ordinates and bearing to present them relative to the Geographic North.Example Grid Convergence In the previous example the bearing of the target with respect to Grid North was 48.45 = 1.904.

Agip Division IDENTIFICATION CODE PAGE 160 OF 230 REVISION STAP-P-1-M-6100 0 12.G . that a small.g) MAGNETIC NORTH 45° TOOL FACE HIGH SIDE TOOLFACE LEFT RIGHT LOW SIDE Steering the mud motor by means of magnetic Steering the mud motor by means of toolface Bit and mud motor trying to kick off in gravity toolface Bit and mud motor trying to the direction of 45° magnetic azimuth build angle and turn well to the right Figure 12.ARPO ENI S. heavy ball would follow if it is rolled slowly down the well (Refer to figure 12.p. HIGH SIDE OF THE HOLE AND TOOL FACE The high side is the top of the hole viewed along the bore hole axis. HIGH SIDE a HIGH SIDE ROLLING BALL LEFT RIGHT a ROLLING BALL LOW SIDE LOW SIDE VERTICAL Figure 12.4.Definitions of Inclined Hole During a kick off or correction run.A.F . The magnetic tool face angle (MTF) is the projection onto horizontal plane of the angle between magnetic North and tool face(Refer to figure 12.Magnetic Tool Face . Assuming the hole has an inclination. tool face is referred to the high side of the hole when sufficient inclination exists (over 5o) or to magnetic North for low inclinations (up to 5o).f). When a MWD or steering tool is used to control the deviation. the low side is the path. the measurement of greatest value is tool facing since it indicates the orientation of the bent sub. The gravity tool face angle (GTF) is the projection onto a plane perpendicular to the hole axis of the angle between high side of the hole and tool face.

if running the survey on wireline) and reciprocated to prevent sticking and assist the survey tool in reaching bottom. The mud pump rate should be very low.p. Sandlines are quicker to run but can cause higher wear on drill pipe protective linings. The required length of NMDC is determined by taking into account the following factors: • • • The geographical area of operations.4. A safety margin of 5 mins shall be added to the calculated running time. Since the earth's horizontal magnetic intensity varies geographically. a zone selection map is used to determine which set of empirical data should be used for a given area. The drill string may be rotated slowly (not however. the instrument should be thoroughly checked out and tested to ensure it is in good working condition. The proportion of steel drilling tools below the NMDC. Magnetic Single Shot Surveys Prior to use. After loading. The time required for the instrument to fall is approximately 1.ARPO ENI S. it should be taken into account the time the instrument generally takes longer to assemble and to run. For high inclinations (over 60) sinker bars should be used and the survey barrel may need to be pumped down. . Whichever wireline is used. Agip Division IDENTIFICATION CODE PAGE 161 OF 230 REVISION STAP-P-1-M-6100 0 12.1. the timer is set and synchronised with a watch on the surface. The direction and inclination of the well. thread protectors should be installed on the tool joint. giving just sufficient pressure to break circulation..A. Magnetic Surveys Length Of Non Magnetic Drill Collar Magnetic instruments must be run inside a sufficient length of non-magnetic drill collars (NMDC or Monel Collar) made of special nickel alloy to allow the instrument to respond to the earth's magnetic field.000ft per minute for inclinations up to 40o and 800ft per minute for inclinations over 40o. as are drill string restricted internal diameters. by isolating it from the magnetic influence of the drill string. Drill pipe movement and pumping (if used) should be continued until a minute or so before the timer is due to operate. Mud weight and viscosity are important factors to be considered. Compass spacing is generally recommended to be at or below the centre of the nonmagnetic collars. The Directional Drilling Contractor shall provide updated indication of magnetic intensity related to the area of operation. If run on wireline.

the magnetic multishot provides a series of single shot surveys.A. This survey may be run either as an in run or running outrun survey. i. The magnetic tool face mode is used in vertical or near vertical wells for kick off in the desired direction. good practice is to ensure there are a minimum of two surveys taken at each depth by remaining stationary. With an instrument set on a twenty second sample rate. The advantages of steering tools over single shot orientation are in the continual read-out of the tool face whilst drilling and in saving time in situations where orientation problems may require repeated single shot surveys.ARPO ENI S. As the drill string becomes stationary in the slips after each stand is broken off. As the name implies. . When a motor is used for kick off or correction runs (operations not requiring rotation of the drill string). This gives an opportunity for the instrument to be retrieved at the casing shoe and checked whilst the trip back to bottom is being made. instead of carrying one single shot disc. This sub prevents the need to pull the tool to make connections. The tool is run on a conductor wireline which provides power for the sensors and returns the signal to the surface computer where it is decoded and relayed to the rig floor read out. The survey is normally made by dropping the instrument into the drill string and allowing it to get to bottom before pumping the slug and commencing the trip out of the hole. The tool may be operated on one of two modes displaying tool face with respect to North (Magnetic Tool Face) or relative to the high side of the hole (Gravity Tool Face). Steering Tool (with mud motor) Steering tools use a system of magnetometers and accelerometers to measure the Earth's magnetic field and gravity in order to determine inclination and direction. As the inclination is increased above about 5o the tool is switched to gravity tool face. at a set time interval. The camera of the instrument.e. The steering tool system is used only in specific situations. the time since starting the instrument is recorded together with the number of stands out of hole. from the time the instrument is started until stopped. A second opportunity is then available if necessary. although it is generally run on the outrun wiper trip before casing. contains a length of photographic film. This enables the survey picture to be correlated to instrument depth.p. a side entry sub may be used. One of the drawbacks of the system is the time required to pull the tool out of hole for making pipe connections. The film is exposed and advanced continuously. The interval between exposure is generally 20secs but it is altered on some instruments. Agip Division IDENTIFICATION CODE PAGE 162 OF 230 REVISION STAP-P-1-M-6100 0 Magnetic Multishot Surveys Magnetic multishot surveys are generally run prior to running casing as a check on the single shot surveys taken while drilling. KOP in a high temperature zone. The wireline passes through the entry sub enabling the drill pipe to be added to the string in the normal manner.

p. 12. tool face may be referred to magnetic North or high side of the hole.4. The negative pulse system utilises a valve that momentarily vents a portion of the mud flow to the borehole annulus. depending on hole inclination. The most common transmission media is mud pulse telemetry in which the flowing column of drilling mud is modulated periodically by some mechanical means within the downhole assembly.2.A. slotted rotor and slotted stator that repeatedly obstructs mud flow. The continuous wave system utilises a spinning. As already discussed in the description of steering tool systems. There are three distinct types of MWD transmission systems currently available. taking measurements while the bit is drilling on bottom. transient pressure pulse. resulting in a negative.ARPO ENI S. all using mud column as their transmission medium: • • • The positive system uses a plunger type valve that momentarily obstructs mud flow thus creating a positive. This operation generates a continuous low frequency fluctuation in standpipe pressure of approximately 50psi. . transient pressure pulse. One of the most common applications for a directional MWD system is to orient downhole motor/bent sub assemblies when changing the course of the well path. Sensors located immediately above the bent sub. provide immediate data (inclination. Gyroscopic Surveys Gyro instruments are used when the proximity of casings or other magnetic interference precludes the use of magnetic tools. The computer decodes and displays this transmitted information. Agip Division IDENTIFICATION CODE PAGE 163 OF 230 REVISION STAP-P-1-M-6100 0 Measurement While Drilling (MWD) Measurement While Drilling is a technique which takes various downhole measurements and transmitting these data to the surface for decoding and display. The intermittent pressure pulses are transmitted from downhole to the surface where they are detected by a pressure transducer mounted in the standpipe. azimuth and tool face) to the Directional Driller. The transducer converts the mud pulses into electrical signal that is then transmitted to the surface computer.

hole direction. . Gyro multishot drifts are the same as that of the single shot gyro. Surface Read-out Gyroscopes Surface read-out gyroscopes are used for the same purposes in single shot and multishot data collection. With a surface read-out multishot gyro. Depending on the length of survey run. The difference in azimuth between the initial orientation and final check on return to surface is the amount the gyro has drifted or wandered off its true north orientation. as the hole builds angle to above 15° it switches to a continuous integrating mode. the drift can be constantly monitored to ensure the tool is performing well and the calculated survey is produced shortly after completing the log run. it will be a number of hours before the calculated survey data are available. running speeds should be within that recommended and the tool stopped and started off gently. Gyro drift is approx. The drift is assumed to be constant for the time interval between initial and final orientation. The smaller one can be run in completed wells or through drill pipe. the data obtained is the same. running into hole. The correction is calculated by simply determining the proportion of drift occurring in the time from the initial orientation to the survey picture being taken. This dual mode makes the tool accurate in either vertical and deviated borehole where it eliminates the inaccuracies that gyrocompass based instruments have at high latitude. The larger one is a more rugged tool and is used to run surveys inside casing.e. The rugged construction makes these tools capable of steering and surveying while drilling (Gyro While Drilling). The tool comes in two sizes. 4o per hour o in static conditions and 8 per hour in dynamic conditions. (i. The gyro instrument has the same mule shoe feature as the magnetic single shot used for orientation and.300ft about 400m. The maximum depth to which they can be effectively run is approx.ARPO ENI S. Gyro Multishot Surveys The gyroscopic multishot is the survey tool for surveying extended intervals inside casing or drill pipe without a non-magnetic drill collar. inclination and tool face).A. taking the survey. The instrumentation is more sophisticated and requires a conducting wireline to power the tool and transmit the information back to the surface for decoding by computer. Gyrocompass (North Seeking Gyroscope) These instruments use the principle of earth rate gyro compassing to define true azimuth and inclination in near vertical parts of the borehole. high inclination or in the East/West axis. pulling out of hole and checking the orientation. Agip Division IDENTIFICATION CODE PAGE 164 OF 230 REVISION STAP-P-1-M-6100 0 Gyro Single Shot Surveys Gyro single shot surveys are run on wireline. Since gyroscopes are delicate instruments. although it uses a different system.p. 1. Then. This is a limitation imposed by the time taken between orienting the gyro on surface.

Radius of curvature: Using sets of angles measured at the upper and lower ends of sections along the surveyed course length. It assumes the borehole is a spherical arc with minimum curvature (maximum radius of curvature) between survey stations. however it requires very complex calculations using a programmable calculator or computer. it assumes that the vertical and horizontal projections of the curve have constant curvature. Survey Calculation Methods When drilling on a cluster.ARPO ENI S.A. Minimum curvature method: shall be used on the rig.3. • • . the co-ordinates of the centre of the 30" conductor shall be used on the rig for computations of each individual well. It is the most accurate for most boreholes. For each survey interval. in Company Drilling office and Directional Drilling Contractor office for survey computations. It is fairly accurate and calculation is simple enough for field use with a non programmable scientific calculator. Agip Division IDENTIFICATION CODE PAGE 165 OF 230 REVISION STAP-P-1-M-6100 0 12. The most common are: • Average angle method: It assumes the borehole is parallel to the simple average of both the drift and bearing angles between two survey stations. The centre of the cluster may be used by the Company Drilling Office for mapping. planning and reporting.p.4. There are a number of methods of calculating the wellbore trajectory from the survey data. it generates a space curve representing the wellbore path.

p.H .A. Agip Division IDENTIFICATION CODE PAGE 166 OF 230 REVISION STAP-P-1-M-6100 0 Average Angle method ∆ North = ∆MD x sin(l1 + L 2 ) / 2 x cos A1 + A 2 / 2 ∆ East = ∆MD x sin(l1 + l 2 )2 x sin(A 1 + A 2 ) / 2 ( ) ∆ Vertical = ∆MD x cos(l1 + l 2 ) / 2 A1 A2 I1 N W S E I2 Radius Of Curvature Method ∆MD x (cos l1 − cos l2 ) x (sin A 2 − sin A1) (l2 − l1) x (A 2 − A1) A1 ∆ North = ∆ East = ∆MD x (cos l1 − cos l1) x (cos A1 − cos A 2 ) (l2 − l1) x (A 2 − A 2 ) I1 A2 N I2 E Minimum Curvature Method ∆ North = (∆MD) / 2 x sin l1 x cos A1 + sin l2 x cos A 2 x RF ∆ East = (∆MD ) / 2 x (sin l1 x sin A 1 + sin l2 x sin A 2 ) x RF W ( ) S ∆Vertical = (∆MD ) / 2 x (cos l1 + cos l 2 ) x RF DL 2 A1 RF = 2 / DL x tan (DL / 2) cos(DL ) = cos(l − l) − sin l x sin x [1 − cos (A − a )] I1 DL DL 2 A2 I2 N W S E F i gure 12.ARPO ENI S.Survey Calculation Methods .

On the other hand. A special jetting bit may be used or a conventional tricone bit run with two undersized and one oversized (or blanked) jet nozzles. bent and orienting subs (or combined bent/orienting sub) are required.4. orienting sub. the advantages and/or disadvantages of the different methods of orientation are highlighted. MWD tools provide the same information with the advantage of not require a wireline and the consequent rigging up and trip time. response of the kick off assembly.4. steering tools provide extremely high data rates that may be of critical importance when drilling with very high rates of penetration.A. However. Agip Division IDENTIFICATION CODE PAGE 167 OF 230 REVISION STAP-P-1-M-6100 0 12. This has become the most commonly adopted method of kick off. weight on bit. deviation is started with a downhole motor. non-magnetic and steel-drill collars as required) and once on bottom the blind nozzle. drilling can continue with the same BHA in the rotary mode without requiring a trip. weight on bit and rate of penetration.ARPO ENI S. the first assessment of actual reactive torque can be made only after the second joint has been drilled. A continuous read-out on surface enables adjustment of the weight on bit/rate of penetration in order to maintain a constant tool face. is oriented in the desired direction. representing the ‘tool face’. the kick off assembly may be replaced with a rotary build up assembly. Since the survey tool is at least one joint above the bit. In formations where the degree of compaction makes jetting ineffective.p. Steering tools provide the most accurate measurement of tool face position. With downhole motors. With the deflection assembly in the hole. Build Up Section After the desired direction has been reached. formation. Selection of the appropriate build up assembly is dependent upon the angle achieved during initial kick off and maximum angle required. Reactive torque is dependent on motor power. Controlling the BUR is imperative if fatigue to drill pipe and drill collars is to be avoided. . if jetting has been the method of initial control. The decision of when and if to replace the kick off assembly depends on several factors such as hole size. residual bit life and final planned inclination. This correction is due to the reactive torque developed by downhole motors. The actual value of reactive torque must be assessed as drilling proceeds as it is unique to the conditions prevailing. full gauge near bit stabiliser. Some of string weight is slackened on the bit and the weight indicator will give an indication of drilling off if the formation is soft enough to be washed out. Drilling Directional Wells Kicking Off The Well Jetting is the term used to describe the deviation of a well using bit hydraulics to erode the formation in a particular direction. Usually the bit is run on a typical build up assembly (bit. hole inclination and drilling assembly design and length. During the kick off. With single shot orientation. there is a correction to apply to the desired tool face setting or proposal direction. reactive torque can only be estimated based on the experience of the Directional Driller in the area of operation. Maximum circulation is then established and the washing action begun.

ARPO ENI S. at low inclinations and in hard formations. longer corrections are required to get the well back on the target. As a general rule. Advanced planning should be continuously done during operations to ensure that. Drop Off Section Drilling a directional well it may be necessary to allow the drift angle to straighten back to vertical or near vertical. . The alternative is to accept the current performance and make adjustments at the next bit trip. the earlier a correction to inclination or direction can be made the better it is. stronger dropping tendency assemblies may be run to maintain the rate of drop required. Agip Division IDENTIFICATION CODE PAGE 168 OF 230 REVISION STAP-P-1-M-6100 0 This can be accomplished by varying the drilling parameters (weight on bit. Stabilisers shall be gauged each trip: undersized tools should be moved up higher in drill collar assembly or replaced with full gauge tools. Tangent Section (Hold On Section) When the desired inclination has been reached. The stabilisers used in this area should be full gauge to 1/16" under unless undergauge stabilisers are required to hold or drop angle. the kick off or build up assembly is replaced with a stiff bottom hole assembly that will maintain the inclination and direction. rotary speed and pump pressure) or changing the BHA. In this case careful assessment must be made to consider whether the amount of time lost in tripping out of hole to change the assembly. All stabilisers shall be magnafluxed at the end of each well phase. As the bit get closer to the target. Drop off assemblies should be used starting with the least successful. Providing it is necessary. the greater the pendulum effect and the same rate of drop might be achieved with the least successful assembly at 50° and the most successful assembly at 30°. However. Care Of Stabilisers The bottom 120 (40m) of a drilling assembly is the critical portion for controlling a directional well. should pendulum assemblies be run (i. the decision whether or not to use stabilisers to drill casing shoe shall be evaluated case by case. would be gained later with a better rate of penetration or by preventing difficulties. any change to the BHA may be made at the same time. Only where the maximum negative side force is required.A. as the inclination is reduced. should a trip become necessary at short notice. do not drill out casing shoe with a ‘packed hole assembly’.p. Small variation in behaviour of a BHA can be obtained by adjusting the weight on bit and rotary speed. Therefore. assemblies without a near bit). The reason being that the higher the inclination.e.

I .Build up Assembles . Agip Division IDENTIFICATION CODE PAGE 169 OF 230 REVISION STAP-P-1-M-6100 0 String Stabilizer Drill Collars 60' Drill Collars Maximum Angle Building Assemblies 30' Drill Collars Near Bit Stabilizer Bit Near Bit Stabilizer Bit String Stabilizer 30' Drill Collar String Stabilizer 30' Non Mag. Drill Collar String Stabilizers String Stabilizer 10' Drill Collar 10' Drill Collar Near Bit Stabilizers Near Bit Stabilizer Bit Bit Bit Near Bit Stabilizers 10' Drill Collar 30' Non Mag.ARPO ENI S. Drill Collar String Stabilizers Packed Hole Assemblies Figure 12. Drill Collar Near Bit Stabilizer Bit Near Bit Stabilizer Bit Maximum Angle Building Assemblies String Stabilizers String Stabilizer 30' Non Mag. Drill Collar 30' Non Mag.A.p. Drill Collar String Stabilizer 30' Non Mag.

Response Relative * response stenght 10 Bit Near bit stabilizer (Approx.J .70' 30' 10 45' 5 .70' 5-10' 30' 30' 30' 30' 10 60 .p.) Drop or Build (highly dependent on collar OD) 60' 30' 8 60' 7 30' 30' 7-3 7-5 45' 30' 5-3 15' 30' 30' 4-2 45' 3-2 30' 1 15' 30' 30' 30' 10 15' 30' 30' 9 15' 30' 8 5-8 1-3 60 .10 ** 30' 30' * 10 is the highest and 1 is the lowest ** (smaller holes con be better than 15) = Undergauge Figure 12.Bottom Hole Assembly Response .ARPO ENI S. 3-5' from bit face to leading edge of stabilizer) 90' 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15a 15b 16 17 18 19 Build Build Build Build Build Build Build Build (drops under certain circumstances) Hold Hold Hold Hold Hold Hold Drop Drop Drop Drop & Build drop (at highter incl.) and/or Build (at lower incl. Agip Division IDENTIFICATION CODE PAGE 170 OF 230 REVISION STAP-P-1-M-6100 0 Bottom Hole Assembly Response Assembly No.A.

Common Holding Assembly Figure 12.ARPO ENI S.A.Drop Off Assembly .K .L . Agip Division IDENTIFICATION CODE PAGE 171 OF 230 REVISION STAP-P-1-M-6100 0 Figure 12.p.

For example. Overall drilling rate can be greatly improved by a carefully planned and executed dog-leg control programme . but when those limits are maintained. The planning of directional wells should include a ‘Dog-leg control programme’. Agip Division IDENTIFICATION CODE PAGE 172 OF 230 REVISION STAP-P-1-M-6100 0 12. etc.A. if there is a 3° change in angle (no direction change) over 100ft of hole. the dog-leg severity is 3° per 100ft. This threshold value is called Critical Dog-leg.p.5. there is also a reduction in associated hole problems. The critical dog-leg is dependent upon the dimension (size) and metallurgy of the drill pipe and drill pipe tension (pull) in the dog-leg. trip drag. Critical dog leg limits should also considered for drill collars. Dog Leg Severity Changes in hole curvature are often referred to as dog-legs The severity of a dog-leg is determined by the average changes in angle and/or direction calculated on the distance this change occurs. rotating torque. Until a dog-leg reaches some threshold value. casing wear.ARPO ENI S. no drill stem fatigue damage occurs. Excessive dog-legs cause key seats. Dog-leg limits are established to prevent drill pipe fatigue.4.

ultimately leading to a saving in rig time and cost. Agip Division IDENTIFICATION CODE PAGE 173 OF 230 REVISION STAP-P-1-M-6100 0 13. Refer to the ‘Drilling Procedures Manual’ 13. indications about the possible causes of the problem.ARPO ENI S. however. Detailed procedures should be based on each particular case. Caved in hole.1. Anticipation of problems may result in having suitable equipment and stocks of materials available on site or in the warehouse. Descriptions of some of the problems are given below with possible causes. preventative measures or solutions. evaluating every aspect of the problem and applying any past experience gained in the area concerned. preventive measures and remedial actions are listed in the following subsections. Hole irregularities and/or change in BHA.p. . DRILLING PROBLEM PREVENTION MEASURES It is necessary to for drilling engineers to anticipate potential drilling problems which may occur during a well programme in order that he can make suitable arrangements in the planning and preparation stage of a project. Hole restriction. for each situation. STUCK PIPE The following is a list of the different types of pipe sticking which can occur due to: • • • • Differential sticking.A. It is impossible to lay down hard rules which will successfully cover all the case.

Preventive Measures When conditions for a potential differential sticking are encountered. Use a drilling jar/bumper. Conduct a DST procedure. if possible. Reduce the friction factor by adding lubricants to the mud. Differential Sticking Causes This phenomenon can occur.1. Consider the use of a drilling jar/bumper. Pipe has not been moved for a period of time before getting stuck i. Reduce the contact surface by using spiral type drill collars also called NWS( No Wall Stick) and using properly a stabilised bottom hole assembly. Agip Division IDENTIFICATION CODE PAGE 174 OF 230 REVISION STAP-P-1-M-6100 0 13. A shorter BHA with a greater number of HWDPs could be considered.A. Circulation is free with no pressure variation. Reduce the mud weight. during a pipe connection.1. Some indications of pipe becoming differentially stuck may be: • • • • The string becomes stuck in front of a porous formation. c) d) e) f) Methods of Freeing Pipe 1) 2) 3) 4) 5) Note: Work the pipe applying cyclic slack-off and overpull combined with torque Always check the reduction in the pipe yield stress due to the application of the torque. Keep the pipe moving and in rotate as much as possible. the risk can be minimised by applying the following procedure: a) b) Reduce the mud weight as much as possible. since the problem becomes worse through time. A normal amount of cuttings is observed at the shaker. maintaining the minimum differential pressure necessary for a safe trip margin.p.ARPO ENI S. Quick reactions are fundamental in freeing the wall of stuck drill pipe. where there is case of high differential pressure between the mud hydrostatic pressure and the formation pore pressure.e. Use mud with minimum solids content and low filtrate in order to obtain a thinner wall cake. . Spot oil-base mud or oil containing a surfactant around the drill collars.

frequent wiper trips can reduce the problem and provide information on the severity.ARPO ENI S. Agip Division IDENTIFICATION CODE PAGE 175 OF 230 REVISION STAP-P-1-M-6100 0 13. the following actions should be undertaken: a) b) c) d) e) Reduce mud filtrate. Increase the mud weight. if possible.1. and overpull if it stuck while running in. Use inhibited mud. Increase mud clearing capacity.p. Increase flow rate. Methods of Freeing Pipe 1) 2) 3) 4) Work the pipe applying slack-off if the string has become stuck pulling out. Swelling of formations containing clay. . cake and solids content. Sticking Due To Hole Restrictions Causes The most common causes of hole restriction: • • • Too thick a wall cake due to the use of high solids/high filtrate mud across porous and permeable formations.2. In all situations. Once the cause is recognised to be any of the three causes previously listed above. Extrusion of gumbo shale into the wellbore in underbalance situations. Use a drilling jar/bumper.A. Spot a cushion to break and remove the mud cake around the drill collars. Preventive Measures Problems are usually suspected by incurring increase drag during connections. Increase mud weight.

to 80rpm or less. Sticking Due To Caving Hole Causes This problem is mainly experienced in shale sections. to avoid scouring the well. Do not rotate pipe when tripping. Insufficient supporting action of the mud hydrostatic column. Use a spinner or chain out.5 to 9 (if needed). . there are different prevention possibilities. Avoid long circulation times across unstable sections. The most common causes are: • • • Hydration and swelling of clay minerals when in contact with fresh mud filtrate. Mechanical action of the drill string. Possible changes in parameters are: a) b) c) d) e) Reduce rotary speed.p. Increase the gel value to obtain a good cutting suspension when circulation is stopped.1. Agip Division IDENTIFICATION CODE PAGE 176 OF 230 REVISION STAP-P-1-M-6100 0 13. Lower pH value to 8. Use the minimum acceptable number of stabilisers. Use inhibited mud.3. Possible mud changes are: a) b) c) d) e) f) g) Reduce water losses.A. It is not always drilling with underbalance which results in a caving hole. Add mud stabilising compounds (mainly sodium asphalt sulphonate). Increase the YP/PV ratio to create laminar flow on the wall after pipe. to reduce the severity of the problem and to avoid the consequences of sticking the string. if possible. Increase the mud weight. Trip out with care to avoid swabbing.ARPO ENI S. Preventive Measures Depending on the various causes. If any swabbing occurs. Reduce the mud flow rate to obtain laminar flow in the annulus between hole and drill collars. pull out with the kelly on. particularly when reaming. Note: Possible BHA changes are: a) b) Use bits without nozzles.

The origin of such problems can also be an excessive rate of penetration in large holes and inadequate carrying capacity of the mud. Use a drilling jar/bumper. Agip Division IDENTIFICATION CODE PAGE 177 OF 230 REVISION STAP-P-1-M-6100 0 Methods of Freeing Pipe 1) 2) 3) If circulation is possible.p. if necessary. keep circulating trying to expel the caving. If the string becomes stuck across a carbonate formation. In this case. spot an acid pill.e. It is good practice to spot high viscosity pills from time to time to keep the hole clean.ARPO ENI S. Special care is required to avoid breaking the formation i.A. overcoming fracture gradient below the stuck point. If circulation is blocked. change the mud properties and flow rate and. limit the rate of penetration. 4) Note: The problem of pipe sticking due to cuttings dropping out is not necessarily related to a caving hole. The methods of getting pipe free in this situation are the same as listed above. . try to regain it by applying pressure shocks and working the pipe at the same time.

New stabilisers run to replace previous worn stabilisers. Dog legs can be eliminated by using very stiff BHA's and reamers. A key seat can be eliminated by reaming it with a key seat wiper or an undergauge stabiliser installed on the top of the drill collars. Methods of Freeing Pipe 1) Work the pipe applying slack-off if dog leg or key seat (the string becomes stuck pulling out) and overpull if running a new BHA (the string becomes stuck while running in the hole).4. If the stuck point is in a calcareous section. Preventive Measures a) b) c) d) e) The formation of dog legs can be prevented by the use of packed bottom hole assemblies. hole conditions and change in BHA..ARPO ENI S. Key seats.A. String is stiffer than the previous one.p. Sticking Due To Hole Irregularities And/Or Change In BHA Causes The causes for sticking. are: • • • • • • Dog legs. Ream always the cored section.1. related to. spot an acid pill. Always ream a whole interval drilled with the previous bit. Rock bit run after a diamond or a core bit. Spot on oil-based mud or oil containing a surfactant around the stuck point.. Agip Division IDENTIFICATION CODE PAGE 178 OF 230 REVISION STAP-P-1-M-6100 0 13. New bit is run following a dulled bit which was undersize. even if a full gauge core bit was used. 2) 3) .

. At 30 to 60mins intervals. circulate out of the string batches as a balanced plug.p. While mixing. two different types of oil pill can be used to help free pipe. Agip Division IDENTIFICATION CODE PAGE 179 OF 230 REVISION STAP-P-1-M-6100 0 13. 13. crude oil or used engine oil). 13.ARPO ENI S.3 times the volume of the DCopen hole.2.1.350g/l (11. Pump at the maximum practical rate.2.350g/l (11. OIL PILLS Depending on the specific gravity of the mud in the hole. The standard pill will be obtained adding 10 to 30l/m3 of surfactant to oil (diesel oil.2.A.2. Light Oil Pills To be used for mud specific gravity up to 1. Repeat the procedure if the pill does not succeed (the pill may be active for 4 to 16 hours). Heavy Oil Pills To be used for mud of a specific gravity greater than 1. Displace in order to have a pill volume in the annulus 1. continuous agitation is compulsory . The procedure for the use of pill is the following: 1) 2) 3) 4) 5) 6) The pill volume shall be at least twice the volume of DC-open hole annulus (take into account excess for compensating hole enlargement).3 PPG).3 PPG). For pill preparation clean a mud pit and mix (the ratios among the various components varies depending on the required density): • • • • • • Fresh water Calcium chloride Diesel oil (maximum 200l/minute) Emulsifier (maximum 1 sack/minute) to be added at the same time as the diesel Viscosifier (heavy stirring for at least 15 mins is required) Barite. Work the string at the same time.

b) c) d) e) Whenever acid is handled.3. or similar.2. Note: Note: 13. The proper amount of corrosion inhibitor shall be used and the acid pill will be spaced with oil or water ahead and behind. Displace in order to have a pill volume in the annulus 1. Repeat the procedure if the pill results ineffective (the pill may be active for 20 to 48hrs). the appropriate safety measures shall be adopted: • • • Wear gloves and protective clothing and have eyes protected with goggles. a) Decisions concerning pill's characteristics (volume. Considering the risks related to this operation. . strength. Pump a cushion of diesel oil with 5% Free Pipe. do not work the string but only apply an overpull or slack off. the permeability of the formation will increase. To avoid breaking. Ensure there are safety showers available for any personnel who come into contact with acid. Whichever recipe is adopted. Due to the acid reaction. At 2 to 3hr intervals. etc. As a result of the acid action. Take into account the influence of the pill on the hydrostatic pressure. Ensure proper ventilation if the pill is mixed in a closed area. It may be necessary to circulate through on the choke and line up the surface equipment to safely dispose of the gas. circulate out of the string batches of 300 to 600ltrs. displacement schedule.p. Have water sprays ready to wash spilled acid. after consultation with the Company Drilling Office.) shall be taken. the gaseous product will cool off the drill string.3 times the volume of DCopen hole. consideration has to be given to the corrosion problem. While displacing the acid in front of the formation.A. Agip Division IDENTIFICATION CODE PAGE 180 OF 230 REVISION STAP-P-1-M-6100 0 The procedure for the use of the pill will be the following: 1) 2) 3) 4) 5) 6) 7) The pill volume will be at least twice the volume between the drill collars and the open hole (take into account excess for compensating hole enlargement). this should be carried out only if other methods prove to be ineffective. compositions. gaseous products develop in the well and special care is required when circulating out the pill. Acid Pills The use of acid pills can be successful if the string gets stuck across of a carbonate formation.ARPO ENI S. on a case by case situation. ahead and behind of pill. Work the string at the same time. Pump at the maximum practical rate. When the oil pill is circulated out of the hole it shall be recovered and stored separately. thus creating the conditions for possible mud losses.

374 x Wdp x E P where: Length of free pipe in m Plain end pipe weight in kg/m Differential stretch in mm Differential pull in kN L Wdp E P = = = = L= 735.p. Calculating: the differential stretch (E = S2 . .294 x Wdp x E P Length of free pipe in ft Plain end pipe weight in lbs/ft Differential stretch in ins Differential pull in lbs The value obtained is less reliable as deviation increases due to down hole friction.T1) and applying Hooke’s Law. Another minor inaccuracy is introduced by neglecting the changing cross section of the string at the tool joints. Measuring The Pipe Stretch A reasonable estimate of the depth at which the pipe is stuck can be obtained by calculation using Hooke's Law. or abandon the hole and side-track. FREE POINT LOCATION If it is confirmed that it is not possible to free the string by working the pipe and spotting oil or acid pills.3.3. Agip Division IDENTIFICATION CODE PAGE 181 OF 230 REVISION STAP-P-1-M-6100 0 13.A. the string shall be backed-off in order to allow proceeding with a different method. There are two methods for estimating the depth at which a string is stuck: • • Applying tension and measuring the pipe stretch.ARPO ENI S. SI UNITS API UNITS L= where: L Wdp E P = = = = 26. two magnitudes of stretch (S1 < S2) are measured.S1). Applying two different tensile loads (T1 < T2) to the drilling string. differential pull (P = T2 . it is possible to determine the depth of free point (L) using the following formula. Locating the tow point with a free-point indicating tool. 13.1. such as running jars or wash pipes.

A. at each depth. There is a greater chance of succeeding with the back-off if the pipe is free under both tension and torque. etc. The read-out of the instrument is given in percentage i. Interpretation of free point data is very subjective and susceptible to operator skill. The Free Point Indicator is lowered to various depths and. tension and torque are applied to the string at the surface. Requisites for a successful back-off are the following: • • • • • There must be sufficient minimum inside diameter.3. the second attempt should be performed on the first stand above the free point. . 100% represents entirely free pipe.ARPO ENI S. Free Point Indicators are essentially accurate strain gauges which measure molecular rearrangement between drag springs. Separate slim acoustic logs are designed to indicate intervals of stuck. the first attempt to back-off should be made at the first connection above the free point. If there is a failure.e. As a general rule. Subsequent attempts should be made moving upward one stand at a time. Neutral or slightly positive tension is applied at the back-off point. setting dogs or electromagnets. hole condition. The strain gauge indicates whether the pipe reacts at that depth to the applied tension and applied torque. Location By Free Point Indicating Tool A Free Point survey shall be run to select the back-off point. The charge must be accurately placed across the connection There must be sufficient string shot strength. Agip Division IDENTIFICATION CODE PAGE 182 OF 230 REVISION STAP-P-1-M-6100 0 13. partially stuck or free pipe. Sufficient left hand torque must be applied at the back off point. 13. The tool is run on a logging cable through which measurements of torque and stretch are sent to surface read-out instruments.3.3.p. which may exist below the upper stuck point. close to the stuck point. Pipe which appears to be free in tension does not always react to applied torque. Back-Off Procedure Drill pipe or drill collars can be unscrewed downhole by exploding a charge inside a selected tool joint connection.2.

2. Junk subs.4.1. Reverse circulation junk baskets. Bumper subs to match the drill collars in use. Keep mud properties in good conditions at all times. specifying lengths. baskets and extension subs. Milling tools. to catch all diameters of tools in hole. Further inspection and maintenance shall be carried out on the rig if in prolonged use. Draw a complete sketch of the equipment to be run. Impression blocks. Overshot and oversize guides with grapples. FISHING 13. 13. The fishing equipment should arrive to the rig fully inspected. Keep rig the equipment in good working conditions at all times. Fishing magnets. inside and outside diameters and a description of each tool.A. Taper taps for drill pipe body and tool joints.p.ARPO ENI S. Safety joints.4. . Inventory Of Fishing Tools The following tools shall be always available on the rig for the various hole sizes drilled: • • • • • • • • • • • • • Fishing jars to match the drill collars in use.4. Preparation Before fishing operations the following preparations shall be carried out: 1) 2) 3) 4) 5) 6) Apply the greatest accuracy to all measurements. Agip Division IDENTIFICATION CODE PAGE 183 OF 230 REVISION STAP-P-1-M-6100 0 13. Fishing tools to catch electrical log tools (supplied by electrical log contractor) and relevant crossover. Junk baskets or Globe-type baskets. Re-dressing tools for 5" and 31/2" sheared DP. Make sure that the Contractor's personnel directly involved in operations is fully acquainted and familiar with equipment to be used and its limitations.

a basket grapple is preferable. If the fish diameter is near the maximum catch or size. Use as many drill collars as is in the fish.4.5. if the fish diameter is considerably below the maximum catch size. FS and XFS overshots. Fishing Assembly The standard fishing assembly consists of the following: • • • • • • Fishing tool + Jar and Bumper Sub + Drill Collars + Heavy Weight Drill Pipe + Drill Pipe.5. Where losses are expected the use of a Circulation Sub in the fishing assembly should be considered. if it is not possible to run an adequate number of drill collars above the releasing spear.1. if circulation is required after latching the fish. Install a pack-off on the tool. When the fish has been milled over. 13. FISHING PROCEDURES 13. Use the fishing jar If jarring is required. Since the Safety Joint will not transmit left hand torque. However. the use of a bumper sub is recommended. On the other hand. If the hole is enlarged. Avoid any restrictions in the bore of tools. Agip Division IDENTIFICATION CODE PAGE 184 OF 230 REVISION STAP-P-1-M-6100 0 13.ARPO ENI S. If the required number of drill collars is not available on the rig. run above the catching tool. run an overshot extension to avoid catching the fish by the milled part.2. In this case the use of a spear stop is required. use an oversize guide or run a bent drill pipe just above the overshot. Check the Spear Stop OD when it is used in open hole and use the stop only if hole condition permits. A Safety Joint should not be run. Jarring is only possible only using type SFS. if possible. smooth shape of the fish neck is necessary for a successful operation. A regular. A regular. use a jar accelerator.p. it would not be possible to back-off below it using a string shot.5.A.3. smooth shape of the fish is essential for a successful operation. a Safety Joint could be run between the catching tool and the jar when a non releasing tool such as taper tap is being employed. a spiral grapple is recommended. Releasing Spear Plan this operation taking into account the following factors: • • • • • The fish will be stressed outwards due to the catching action of the tool. Overshot Plan the operation taking into account the following factors: • • • • • • The catching action of the tool will stress the fish neck in words. . 13. To allow unlatching of the spear. which would prevent the use of a cutting tool or the back-off shot within the fish.

slips.5. To avoid sticking the fish in the hole.3. Fishing Magnet Magnets can be successfully used but only in hard formations to retrieve small steel objects such as bit cones. Plan the operation to use the following parameters: • • • WOB = 2 to 4t Rotary = 45rpms Low Pump Rate (1/2 pump rate while drilling). The taper taps do not allow free passage to the back-off tool. Wireline operations have the advantage of speed and economy. bearings. Taper Taps Plan this operation taking into account the following factors: • • • • The size of the taper tool should be selected in order to engage the fish with the middle of the tapered point. Pipe operations has the great advantage of utilising the circulation holes in the magnet to remove settling above the fish. Junk basket This procedure is more successful in soft formations. 13. .4.ARPO ENI S. weight must not be applied. A reverse circulation type junk basket is preferred to a forward circulation type.5.5. Fishing magnets may be run on wireline or on pipe. It is nigh impossible to release the tool once engaged. tong pins and milling cuttings.p.A. Excessive torque can damage the tapered thread and swell the top of the fish. 13. Agip Division IDENTIFICATION CODE PAGE 185 OF 230 REVISION STAP-P-1-M-6100 0 13.5. For this reason its use has to be considered the last resort and only used after consultation with the Eni-Agip Shore Base (Drilling Manager/Superintendent).

Therefore.) The following are general guidelines for the use of milling tools: a) Milled cuttings are much heavier than drilling cuttings. A junk sub placed in the string above the mill can aid in catching the larger cuttings. b) c) d) e) f) g) h) . MILLING PROCEDURE There is a wide variety of mills specifically designed for various applications.p. Never mill faster than it is possible to remove the cuttings. safety joint. etc. expanded packers and bit bodies which may be holding the drill or tubing string in the hole For casing side-tracking systems. swaged casing. Watermelon mills. tubing. drill pipe cemented inside and outside. Designed to mill drill pipe. reamer cutters. Agip Division IDENTIFICATION CODE PAGE 186 OF 230 REVISION STAP-P-1-M-6100 0 13. To mill the perforated zone in a production casing string or to expose cased off formations. A Section Mill is a hydraulically actuated tool and is used to mill out a complete section of casing. mud viscosity should be increased or high viscosity pills should be pumped to help in carrying the steel cuttings out of the hole. Removal of mill cuttings and debris reduces the wear on mud pumps and other equipment. Magnets placed in the flow line will help in removing metal particles from drilling mud. Designed to mill away formation or tool obstructions such as stabiliser blades. including rock bit cones. is generally done for the following reasons: • • To mill a section of casing that permits side-tracking in any direction. wash pipe. Mills are available in two basic categories: ‘hydraulically activated mills’ and ‘fixed milling tools’. Oil based mud has poor carrying capabilities and should be avoided whenever possible. reamers cutters. Generally used to eliminate restrictions or to mill through collapsed casing. with low rpm about 3ft (1m) above the fish.6.A. items dropped through the rotary. a stabiliser should be run within 60 or 90ft (20-30m) above the mill to prevent it from moving eccentrically. casing. The most commonly used Fixed Mills are: Junk Mills Used to mill all type of junk.ARPO ENI S. Pilot Mills Taper Mills Washover Shoes Special Mills (Window mills. etc. Always start rotating. The formations may be then underreamed and gravel packed past the original completion. Lower onto the fish and adjust the weight and the rotary speed to obtain satisfactory penetration. Downhole section milling of casing. Whenever possible. The stabiliser OD should not exceed the dressed OD of the mill. Polymer muds are most suitable for milling. etc.

mark the drill string at the rotary table. The type and stability of the fish (cemented or not) together with the hardness of the fish and/or cement are factors that affect milling rates. The ideal cuttings are usually 1/32" to 1/16" thick and 1" to 2" long. JARRING PROCEDURE a) b) Jarring should be done with a Kelly or Top Drive. secure the elevator latch by using a piece of rope or chain. the drill line should be slipped at regular intervals. Continuously monitor the torque indicator during milling operations. When sustained jarring is carried out. Milling with washover shoes is an exception and are usually more efficient at speeds of 60 to 80rpm. check the TDS as per the maintenance and operating specification. after jarring. lifting equipment and travelling block attachment bolts. If a top drive system is used. Always allow the jars to trip within their safe working load. penetration rates are probably too low and weight on the mill should be increased. depending on the particular situation.ARPO ENI S. Also check the derrick. If cuttings are thin long stringers. penetration rate will improve by decreasing weight and increasing rpm. Wait until the jars have tripped before pulling the string further. c) d) e) f) g) Note: . For details on jarring procedures. the drill floor must be cleared of all non -essential personnel. Ensure the weight indicator readings are accurate and that the dead line anchor is secure and free of debris. refer to ‘Drilling Jar Acceptance And Utilisation Procedures’.p. ‘Reading the cuttings’ is essential to evaluate the performance of the mill. b) c) 13. Check the drill line usage. When jarring. Never exceed the safe working limit without confirmation that the jars have tripped. If fish-scale type cuttings are being returned. slip and cut if necessary. Prior to jarring check the drill line sensor. If the use of a Kelly is not possible.7. Prior to jarring. Agip Division IDENTIFICATION CODE PAGE 187 OF 230 REVISION STAP-P-1-M-6100 0 a) Generally the most efficient milling rates are obtained by running the rotary at 80 to 100rpm.A. Check the derrick and all equipment for any loose items.

ARPO ENI S.000 to 12.000 1 2 2 2 2-3 3-4 4-6 5-7 3-7 4-8 5-10 6-12 8-12 3 3 4 5 5 6 9.A .000 to 9.A.000 to 6.000 2 2 2 3 3-4 4-6 5-9 6-10 3-8 4-10 6-12 7-15 8-15 3 4 4 5 6 7 Over 12.000 2 3 2 3 4-6 5-8 6-12 7-14 4-9 5-12 7-15 8-18 8-18 3 4 5 5 6 7 Table 13.p.000 1 1 1 2 2 3 3-4 4-5 2-5 3-6 4-8 5-9 6-12 3 3 4 5 5 6 6.000 1 1 1 2 1 2 2 3 2-4 2-4 3-6 4-6 3 3 4 5 5 6 3. Agip Division IDENTIFICATION CODE PAGE 188 OF 230 REVISION STAP-P-1-M-6100 0 Depth From Surface in feet Pipe OD ins 23/8 2 /8 Tubing 3 /2 4 to 4 /2 2 /8 to /8 3 /2 to 4 Drillpipe 4 /2 to 6 /16 6 /8 3 /2 to 4 4 /8 to 5 /5 Drill Collar 5 /4 to 7 7 /4 to 8 /2 7 /4 to 9 /4 4 /2 to 5 /2 6 to 7 Casing 7 /8 7 /8 9 /8 10 /4 3 5 5 5 1 1 1 3 1 1 3 1 1 1 5 1 9 1 3 7 1 1 7 0 to 3.Recommended Strands of 80 Gr/ft RDX Primacord for String-Shot .

1. but not more than 50m above the shoe and a cement plug at least 20m long shall be placed on top of the mechanical plug. a mechanical plug may be positioned in the lower part of the casing. a cement plug shall be set at least 50 . cement plugs shall be placed in such a way as to prevent liquid or gas from cross flowing into other zones.50m below ground level or the seabed.p. a cement plug shall be placed in such a manner that it extends at least 50m above and below the casing shoe. The top of the cement plug shall be located and verified by mechanical loading. between 20 . For each individual zone the cement plug shall be positioned such that its upper and lower ends are located at least 50m above and below the zone respectively. 14. The top of the cement plug shall be located and verified by mechanical loading. but not more than 50m above the shoe and a cement plug at least 20m long shall be placed on top of the mechanical plug. If the condition of the formation makes cementing difficult.1. a bridge plug may be positioned in the lower part of the casing. The top of each cement plug shall be located and verified by mechanical loading. WELL ABANDONMENT TEMPORARY ABANDONMENT 14. Deepest Casing Shoe Where there is an open hole below the deepest string of casing. . These plugs shall be verified by mechanical loading or pressure tested for sufficient time and with enough differential pressure to detect a possible leak. depending on casing diameter. If the condition of the formation makes cementing difficult.1.2. The top of the cement plug shall be located and verified by mechanical loading. During Drilling Operations Any well drilled which is to be temporarily abandoned shall be cemented with drilling/kill weight mud below.1. During Production Operations 1) Plugging programme before a production well test: Open Hole In the part of borehole where casing has not been installed and where permeable zones containing liquid or gas have been found. 14.ARPO ENI S. Then. Agip Division IDENTIFICATION CODE PAGE 189 OF 230 REVISION STAP-P-1-M-6100 0 14.A.100m in length into the casing. Where there is an open hole below the deepest string of casing a cement plug shall be placed in such manner that extends at least 50m above and below the casing shoe.

100m in length into the casing. If this is not possible. Plugging A well has to be plugged so as to effectively seal-off all potential hydrocarbon bearing zones from fresh water bearing formations and to protect any zones which may contain other minerals. A cement retainer will be set 10-15m above the perforated zone (avoid setting it on a casing collar) and an injection test shall be performed using fresh water and recording the pressure/flow rate ratios. depending on casing diameter.p. PERMANENT ABANDONMENT 14. Perforated Casing Zones Each zone tested through casing perforations shall be squeeze-cemented as soon as the test is finished. Plugging Programme Open Hole All permeable zones in an open hole shall be plugged so that formation fluid is prevented from flowing from one zone to another. . 14. as seen in the previous subsection. or down to the nearest plug if the distance is less than 50m. should the well be abandoned.2. Each plug has to be tested.50m below the sea bottom. Agip Division IDENTIFICATION CODE PAGE 190 OF 230 REVISION STAP-P-1-M-6100 0 2) Plugging programme after a production test: Uninteresting perforated zones These intervals shall be isolated by means of a mechanical plug and shall be squeeze cemented. between 5 .1. a cement plug shall be set at least 50 .2. Plug(s) shall be set so that the top and the bottom is at least 50m above and below the zone(s). 14. The top of the cement plug shall be located and verified by mechanical loading. Deepest Casing Shoe At the top of the open hole a cement plug shall be set so that the upper and lower ends of the plug are located at least 50m above and below the casing shoe.2.A.2. The plug shall be tested by mechanical loading. a cement plug shall be placed in such a way that the upper and lower ends of the plug are located at least 50m above and below the perforated zone respectively. Interesting perforated zones These intervals shall be isolated by means of a mechanical plug. All the plugs shall be described. If the condition of the formation makes cementing difficult a cement plug 50m high will be set on top of the mechanical plug. Then.ARPO ENI S.

Plugs exceeding 200m in length should not be set in one stage. When a calliper log is not available. set when abandoning wells.ARPO ENI S. using mechanical cutters. each surface casing and conductor pipe shall be cut at least 5m below sea bed. Liner Top At the hanging point of the liner. Intermediate Casing Shoe In case any of the intermediate casings is not cemented up to at least 100m inside the previous casing shoe. Special consideration should be given to the composition and volume of the spacers when the mud is oil based. 2) 4) 5) 6) 7) . the casing recovered.2. a 50m cement plug shall be set above the cement retainer. a cement plug shall be set so that the top and bottom of the plug is at least 50m above and below the hanging point. All cement plugs shall be placed using a tubing stinger. use a slurry volume excess based on local experience. Geotherm).A.e. After setting the surface plug. and a cement plug shall be placed so that it extends at least 50 . Spacers should be pumped ahead and behind slurry. Surface plug A surface plug (at least 150m long) shall be set so that the top of the plug be 50m or less below ground level or seabed. Displacement should be calculated in order to spot a balanced cement plug (hydrostatic heads inside the string and outside in the annulus shall be the same). it is preferable to set two short plugs instead of one long one. Agip Division IDENTIFICATION CODE PAGE 191 OF 230 REVISION STAP-P-1-M-6100 0 The cement slurry volume will be calculated in order to have the cement from bottom perforation to the cement retainer and a minimum of 100ltrs slurry per metre of perforated zone into the formation. If the hole is badly washed out or when potential losses are expected.3.p. An under displacement of 1 or 2bbl is suggested to help draining the slurry off the pipe when pulling out of hole. The length of this plug may be reduced to avoid any interference with upper intervals to be tested or produced. calcium chloride or lignosulphonate treated. At the end of the squeeze. if available. Plugging Procedure 1) Cement plugs. The spacers should have a volume corresponding to a length of at least 328ft (100m). the casing shall be cut at least 100m above the shoe of the previous casing string. The hydrostatic head reduction due to the spacer volume and density should be calculated. If static bottom hole temperature exceeds 110°C use special non degradable cements (i.100m above and below the casing cut point. 14. 3) The slurry volume should be calculated using a calliper log. should be formed from neat slurries whenever possible.

3. Stub Termination (Below a Casing String) If the stub is below the next larger string.2. one of the following methods shall be used to plug the casing stub: 14. Stub Termination (Inside a Casing String) A stub inside a casing string shall be plugged by: • • A cement plug is set so as to extend 50m above and 50m below the stub.1.50m above the theoretical top of the plug and direct circulate (reverse circulation can also be considered if conditions allow it).000lbs.A.3. Mechanical cutters are used for this operation.ARPO ENI S. to cut and retrieve sections of uncemented 7" and 95/8" casing. plugging shall be accomplished in accordance with the previous section. 14.p. After cutting the casing.3. The plug shall be mechanically tested. a complete circulation shall be made to reduce friction and balance the mud. each surface casing and conductor pipe shall be cut at least 5m below sea bed using mechanical cutters. Record shall be kept of all plugs set and the results of tests shall be available for inspection. 14. if deemed economically profitable. The position and efficiency of all cement plugs shall be verified by locating the top of the plug and by applying bit weight on the plug after cement setting. After setting a surface plug. Agip Division IDENTIFICATION CODE PAGE 192 OF 230 REVISION STAP-P-1-M-6100 0 8) 9) 10) 11) 12) As soon as the plug is set. A permanent bridge plug set 10-15m above the stub and capped with at least 20m of cement. CASING CUTTING/RETRIEVING Consideration can be given. but dependent on hole size) . usually 20. Monitor and record spacer and slurry returns. . pull out slowly 30 . Never stab the stinger back into the plug to avoid plugging of the stinger.00040. If the casing is cut and recovered leaving a stub.

WELLS WITH THE ORIGINAL WELL HEAD CO-ORDINATES AND TARGET 15.: 1) 2) 3) Wells With The Same Well Head And The Same Target Wells With The Same Well Head Different Targets Wells With Different Well Heads And The Same Target 15. The term Side Track will only be used when there is a mechanical Side Track due to operational problems.1. Vertical Well Is defined as having the same well head and target co-ordinates as defined in the well programme. Agip Division IDENTIFICATION CODE PAGE 193 OF 230 REVISION STAP-P-1-M-6100 0 15.1. If a new hole is drilled due to a operational problem maintaining the same target co-ordinates. This is shown in the figure and in the following example: Illustration Line 1) Illustration Line 2) Illustration Line 3) Field name: Amelia 1 1st Side Track: Amelia 1 (hole No.2.p. 2 is the first side-track.A. this does not alter the well name.ARPO ENI S.1. 2) 2nd Side Track: Amelia 1 (hole No. etc. The well code will be: Prospect/Field name: Amelia Well Number: 1 Therefore the name/number is: Illustration Line 1) Amelia 1 1 15. 3 the second. 1 is the original hole.1. WELL NAME/DESIGNATION The original name will be set by the geology or exploration department. To permit the identification of the various side-tracks each is given a number. 3) 2 1 3 . Side Track In A Vertical Well. There are three categories of well which need to be coded.

2) 1 2 . Directional Well Is defined directional as a well where the target co-ordinates are different from the well head co-ordinates. Horizontal Well Is defined as a well that has a final hole path with a inclination of 90°. Side Track In A Horizontal Well This is considered the same condition as for a vertical well: Original well name/number Amelia 1 OR Illustration Line 2) Side Track: Amelia 1 OR (hole n. Side Track In Directional Well This is considered the same condition as for a vertical well: Illustration Line 1) Original Well name/number: Amelia 1 DIR Line 2) Side Track: Amelia 1 DIR (hole n.3. The name will be: Field name: Amelia Well number: 1 Extension: OR Therefore the final well code will be: Illustration Line 1) Amelia 1 OR Note: The pilot hole into the reservoir will also be deemed part of the horizontal well.6.1.ARPO ENI S.p.1.1. 2) 1 1 2 15. (see Figure). 1 15.4.A. Agip Division IDENTIFICATION CODE PAGE 194 OF 230 REVISION STAP-P-1-M-6100 0 15.5.1. The well code will be Field name: Amelia Well number : 1 Code: DIR So the final well code will be: Illustration Line 1) Amelia 1 DIR 15.

third target Example #1 Illustration Line 1) Original well (vertical) Amelia 1 Illustration Line 2) Directional hole: Amelia 1 DIR (A) Illustration Line 3) Horizontal hole: Amelia 1 OR (B) 3 2 1 Example #2 Illustration Line 1) Original Directional Well: Amelia DIR Illustration Line 2) Directional Well with the second target: Amelia 1 DIR (A) 1 2 . etc. horizontal well APPR. casing window operation. the following holes will be added to the original code with one of the following two additions: The first one indicates the well type: • • • DIR. second target B. deepened well The second one indicates the targets new co-ordinates: • • A. directional well OR. WELLS WITH THE ORIGINAL WELL HEAD CO-ORDINATES AND DIFFERENT TARGETS In this category are wells with: The original well head co-ordinates with more than one hole and different target coordinates. Agip Division IDENTIFICATION CODE PAGE 195 OF 230 REVISION STAP-P-1-M-6100 0 15.2.p.). The name of the first hole will have the original code (AMELIA 1).ARPO ENI S. Each new hole will be given a new code as will the operations necessary to prepare for the side-track (cement plug.A.

p.A. Agip Division IDENTIFICATION CODE PAGE 196 OF 230 REVISION STAP-P-1-M-6100 0 Example #3 Illustration Line 1) Original Directional Well: Amelia 1 DIR Illustration Line 2) Vertical well with a second target: Amelia 1 (A) 1 2 Example #4 Illustration Line 1) Original Vertical Well: Amelia 1 Illustration Line 2) Horizontal hole with a second target: Amelia 1 OR (A) Illustration Line 3) Horizontal hole with a third target: Amelia 1 OR (B) 1 2 3 Example #5 Illustration Line 1) Original Directional Well: Amelia 1 DIR Illustration Line 2) Directional hole with a second new target: Amelia 1 DIR (A) Illustration Line 3) Horizontal well with a third target: Amelia 1 OR (B) 2 1 3 Example #6 Illustration Line 1) Original Vertical Well: Amelia 1 Illustration Line 2) Directional hole with a second target: Amelia 1 DIR (A) Illustration Line 3) Deepened well with a third target: Amelia 1 APPR (B) Illustration Line 4) Deepened well with a fourth new target: Amelia 1 DIR APPR (C) 4 3 2 1 .ARPO ENI S.

Agip Division IDENTIFICATION CODE PAGE 197 OF 230 REVISION STAP-P-1-M-6100 0 15. etc. WELLS WITH DIFFERENT WELL HEAD CO-ORDINATES AND SAME ORIGINAL TARGETS In this category are the wells where the target co-ordinates remain the same while the wellhead location has been moved. There are two different cases: Case 1 When there is one or more strings of casing set. TRIS for the third well. Example #2: Illustration Line 1) Original well: Amelia 1 Illustration Line 2) Second hole: Amelia 1 (2°) Illustration Line 3) Third hole: Amelia 1 (3°) Illustration Line 4) Fourth hole: Amelia 1 (4°) Illustration Line 5) Fifth hole: Amelia 1 (5°) Illustration Line 6) Sixth hole: Amelia 1 (6°) 1 2 3 4 5 6 . The code for the following holes is the original well plus (1) for the first hole.3. it can be considered that every hole is part of a single well. so the name of the wells after the first will be the original well plus the code to define the well type (DIR OR) with the added code BIS for the second well. etc.A. (2) for the second hole.p. This condition can only occur where there has been a drilling problem in the well. it can be considered that every hole is a single well.ARPO ENI S. Example #1 Illustration Line 1) Original vertical well: Amelia 1 Illustration Line 2) Second well: Amelia 1 BIS Illustration Line 3) Third well: Amelia 1 TRIS 2 1 3 Case 2 (no casing set) When no casing string has been set.

A.4. FURTHER CODING Further codes may be added to give additional information about a well with regard to its location in a field or if it is a marine well. Est West.ARPO ENI S. i. Agip Division IDENTIFICATION CODE PAGE 198 OF 230 REVISION STAP-P-1-M-6100 0 15. Sud East.e.p. Nord South. Mare North. Example : a) b) c) d) North Darag 1 Est Makerouga 2 South pass 75-2 West Butte 9-34-13-20 Listed in the following table 15. Ovest Code M N S E W Example Belaym 113 M 35 Beniboye N 5-2 Imbondeiro S 1 Samabri E 1 Belaym M N W 2 Field Description Belaym 113 Mare 35 Beniboye North 5-2 Imbondeiro South 1 Samabri East 1 Belaym Mare North West 2 When the well code/name is written out in full the full code name must be placed in front of the field name. .a are the definitions and the parameters to identify other well characteristics. Location Marine.

by drilling operations.A.66 ÷ 0.A .26 20 ÷ 8 0.48 40 ÷ 70 0.Well Definitions and Characteristics .1 ÷ 12.2 ÷ 0.8 ÷ 220.81 --SIWH Pressure (bar) ------> 690 --Description Producing water well Well for water injection Well for gas injection Temp Res. See example in chapter 2 Più drain hole con partenza da un unico extended reach PARAMETER Pore Pressure bar/10m ------> 1.2 ÷ 0.79 86.1 3÷6 All the Horizontal wells As showed in chapter 2 example 5 Well re-entered to put in production.33 ÷ 4.1 43.8 ÷ 1.ARPO ENI S.8 ÷ 30.8 ÷ 1.8÷ 30.p.4 286 ÷ 573 BUR (°/m) (°/30 m) 9. O/WH (°C) --------> 150°c Water Depth (m) ----460 ----- Table 15. a old suspended well.9 294 ÷ 57 0. Agip Division IDENTIFICATION CODE PAGE 199 OF 230 REVISION STAP-P-1-M-6100 0 DEFINITION Inclination da SHORT RADIUS INTERMEDIATE RADIUS MINIMUM RADIUS LONG RADIUS x° x° x° x° a 90° 90° 90° 90° PARAMETER ROC (m) 5.1 3÷6 Horizontal Section (m) 150 ÷ 250 150 ÷ 250 500 ÷ 900 1000 ÷1600 DEFINITION Curve Characteristic DRAIN HOLE EXTENDED REACH WELL LATERAL WELL MULTI LATERAL WELL RE-ENTRY WELL BRANCH WELL DEFINITION Depth (m) DEEP WELL ULTRA DEEP WELL DEEPWATER WELL HIGH PRESSURE WELL HIGH TEMPERATURE WELL Title WATER WELL WATER INJECTION WELL GAS INJECTION WELL > 4600 > 6000 ------Short Radius Long Radius PARAMETER Displacement ROC (m) (m) 150 ÷ 250 1000÷1600 5.9 294 ÷ 57 1.1 286 ÷ 573 BUR (°/m) (°/30 m) 9.

.2. GRAPHIC REPRESENTATIONS In order to allow section of the ‘G&DWP’ to be easily accessible whether by E-Mail or through shared network disks.p.A. IDENTIFICATION All main sections in the ‘G&DWP’. comprises four sections: Section 1 Section 2 Section 3 Section 4 General Information Geological Programme Operation Geology Programme Drilling Programme. univocally identifying and fulfilling the requirements of EniAgip Division and Affiliate’s Quality Management System) according to a standard format providing information on a specific well and avoiding duplication of data.1. Excel.e. 16. 16. Agip Division IDENTIFICATION CODE PAGE 200 OF 230 REVISION STAP-P-1-M-6100 0 16.3. Freelance Graphics. from now on defined as ‘‘G&DWP’’. PROGRAMME FORMAT The Geological and Drilling Well Programme.ARPO ENI S. The name of the well must be shown on all the pages of the document along with the acronym of the Project Unit and the District/Affiliates. GEOLOGICAL DRILLING WELL PROGRAMME The Geological and Drilling Well Programme (Refer to STAP-P-2-N-6001E) is a ‘controlled’ live document (i. the graphic representations shall be in electronic format. Print model Type and size of character Page numbering Identification Distribution list Graphic representations Structure of the sections. The ‘G&DWP’ will also be standardised with regard to the following: • • • • • • • 16. must be identified by the Name/Designation of the Well. using Eni-Agip Division and Affiliate’s standard ‘Windows’ tools Power Point. etc.

).4.ARPO ENI S. . geological maps and seismic sections.1 1. Additional subsections to provide clarity or further explanation of a formal content subject are permitted. Agip Division IDENTIFICATION CODE PAGE 201 OF 230 REVISION STAP-P-1-M-6100 0 The sketches and drawings which are not reproducible with this software.6 1. General Information (Section 1) This section contains the main data of the well project and a synthesis of the main subjects which are explained in detail.BMP. Prints produced with software different from Eni-Agip Division & Affiliates standard such as: prints and diagrams produced by means of ADIS.3 GENERAL WELL DATA WELL TARGET GENERAL RECOMMENDATIONS 1.8 GENERAL CHARACTERISTICS OF THE RIG.2 1. The list of contents for each section and the section numbering must be strictly followed. the filters also altered to suit. 16. All depths of the well. CONTENTS OF THE GEOLOGICAL AND DRILLING WELL PROGRAMME The structure of the ‘G&DWP’ and its relevant competencies are detailed in the following sub-sections. Section 1 comprises the sub-sections numbered and titled as follows: 1. different fonts and colours. both for offshore and onshore wells.p.1. the term ‘not envisaged’ will be placed against these relevant sections or subsections. must be referenced to the Rotary Table (RT). The size of the files produced must be rationalised and kept as small as possible to reduce the document memory size hence make easier management.PCX. figures taken from catalogues and publications will be produced on a blank page and applied a page number for consistency. must be scanned in and the files saved in the formats of the filters in ‘Word’ (. hence. BOP STACK AND SAFETY EQUIPMENT LIST OF THE MAIN CONTRACTORS CONTACTS IN CASE OF EMERGENCY REFERENCE MANUALS MEASUREMENT UNITS An explanation of each of these is given in the following sub-sections.5 1.4 1. The number of these particular types of representations should be minimised to prevent the format being different from A4. If unavoidable these must be included as Annexes.The version of word may be updated from time to time and.7 1.4. 16. etc.A. If some subjects are not applicable. . This section must be proposed in conjunction with the Drilling & Completion and Geology Departments of the particular District/Affiliates.

g. etc. Agip Division IDENTIFICATION CODE PAGE 202 OF 230 REVISION STAP-P-1-M-6100 0 Authorisation The names and signatures of the technicians and managers involved in the preparation and control of the section will always be specified. Operation Geology Programme and Drilling Programme).A. and the Location Layout. General Characteristics of the RIG. The District Geology Department will provide the scheme Forecast and Acquisition Programmes.c . verification of the ‘up-dip’ potential of the structure. highlighting the possible operational problems envisaged and which will be described in detail in the following sections (Geological Programme.1) This section lists the main data regarding the well project.4) This section is prepared by the Local Drilling & Completion Department and will contain the information listed in table 16.3) This section will be prepared with close co-operation between the Drilling & Completion and Geology Local Departments. The Local Drilling & Completion Department will provide the Well Profile. and development of ‘probable’ undrained reserves.p.3 of section 2 (e.b and table 16.ARPO ENI S. Well Target (Section 1. General Well Data (Section 1.).a. This section will be prepared by the District Geology Department following input by the competent Project Department and will contain the information presented in table 16.2) This section will be prepared by the Local Geology Department and summarises what is described in sub-section 2. General Recommendations (Section 1. the Time Versus Depth Diagram. BOP Stack and Safety Equipment (Section 1.

p.ARPO ENI S. Agip Division IDENTIFICATION CODE PAGE 203 OF 230 REVISION STAP-P-1-M-6100 0 ITEM IDENTIFIABLE WELL DATA Affilate in charge Name and acronym of the well Initial classification (LAHEE) Expected final depth Permission/concession Operator Older of the Permit/ Lease (shares specified as %) Municipal Authority (onshore wells) Province (onshore wells) Harbour-master office (offshore wells) Zone (off-shore wells) Distance Rig/coast (offshore wells) Distance Rig/operative base Altitude (onshore wells) Sea Depth (offshore wells) WELL TARGET IDENTIFICATION Reference seismic line Lithology of the main target Formation of the main target Depth of the main target TOPOGRAPHIC REFERENCES Reference meridian Starting latitude (geographic) N/S Starting longitude (geographic) E/W Latitude at the targets (geographic) N/S Longitude at the targets (geographic) E/W Starting latitude (metric) N/S Starting longitude (metric) E/W Latitude at the targets (metric) Longitude at the targets (metric) Type of projection Semi-major axis Squared eccentricity (1/F) Central meridian False East False North Scale Factor Table 16.General Well Data DESCRIPTION .A .A.

ARPO ENI S.A.B -General Rig Data Only offshore rigs Only onshore rigs Only onshore rigs Only offshore rigs Only offshore rigs Description If without Top Drive System Only for semi-submersible rigs Only for semi-submersible rigs Only for offshore rigs . operative water depth Clearance height rotary beams/ground level Top Drive System type Swivel assembly working pressure Dynamic hook load Set back capacity Deck load Total load Rotary table diameter Rotary table capacity Stand pipe working pressure Mud pumps number and type Available liner size Total mud capacity Shaleshaker number and type Drinking water storage capacity Industrial water storage capacity Gas oil storage capacity Barite storage capacity Bentonite storage capacity Cement storage capacity Table 16. Agip Division IDENTIFICATION CODE PAGE 204 OF 230 REVISION STAP-P-1-M-6100 0 Item Contractor Rig name Rig type Rotary table elevation at ground level Rotary table elevation at sea level Number of slots available Power installed Drawwork type Rig potential with 5” DP’s Max.p.

Equipment Data List of the Main Contractors (Section 1.List of the Main Contractors .ARPO ENI S.D .5) Description The section will be prepared by the Local Drilling & Completion Department in co-operation with the Local Sub-surface Geology Department and must contain the services required and the name of the provider. Agip Division IDENTIFICATION CODE PAGE 205 OF 230 REVISION STAP-P-1-M-6100 0 Item Diverter type Diverter size Diverter working pressure BOP stack type BOP size BOP working pressure Choke manifold size and working pressure Kill lines size and working pressure Choke lines size and working pressure BOP control panel type BOP control panel location Inside BOP type Inside BOP location Table 16.p.A. The following Table is presented as an example: SERVICE Rig Mud Water/mud disposal Cementing Mud logging Electrical logging LWD Drilling tools Coring Directional drilling Drilling equipment Tubing and casing tong Testing COMPANY Table 16.C .

Agip Division IDENTIFICATION CODE PAGE 206 OF 230 REVISION STAP-P-1-M-6100 0 Contacts in case of emergency (Section 1.8) The section ‘Measurement Units’ will be written in strict co-operation between the Drilling & Completion and Sub-surface Geology Local Departments. Measurement Units(Section 1.A.6) This section will be prepared by the Local Drilling & Completion Department and shows: • • A ‘flow chart’ of emergency contacts The telephone numbers of the relevant people in charge of the emergency. It consists in a list of basic manuals to be referred for planning and implementation phases of the well. These are: Depth: Pressures: Pressure gradients : Specific gravity : Lengths: Weights: Oil volumes Volumes: Bit and casing diameters: Tubular goods weight Working pressure : Gas volume Salinity m kg/cm² kg/cm²/10m or atm/10m kg/l or kg/dm³ m t Sm3 m³ ins lbs/ft psi Sm3 ppm of NaCl .7) Reference Manuals will be written by the Local Drilling & Completion Department.p. Reference Manuals (Section 1.ARPO ENI S. It will contain a list of the units of measurement for the main parameters used in the Geological Operation and Drilling sections.

Geological Programme (Section 2) The Geological Programme will be written by the Department in charge of the project in cooperation with the Local Sub-surface Geology Department.2.5 2.A. .4 2.2 2. Agip Division IDENTIFICATION CODE PAGE 207 OF 230 REVISION STAP-P-1-M-6100 0 16. All the reference depths will be from: • • Ground level for ONSHORE wells Sea level for OFFSHORE wells Section 2 comprises the sub-section headings listed below.1 2.4.7 GEOLOGICAL FRAMEWORK SEISMIC INTERPRETATION WELL TARGETS SOURCE ROCKS SEALING ROCKS LITHOSTRATIGRAPHIC PROFILE REFERENCE WELLS Annexes and/or figures Authorisation The names and signatures of the technicians and managers involved in the preparation and control of the section will be always specified.ARPO ENI S.6 2. numbered and titled as follows: List of contents 2.p.3 2.

Agip Division IDENTIFICATION CODE PAGE 208 OF 230 REVISION STAP-P-1-M-6100 0 16.2.1 3.4.2 SURFACE LOGGING SAMPLINGS 3.p.4 3.9 Cuttings Bottom Hole Cores Side Wall Cores Fluids Sampling LOGGING WHILE DRILLING WIRELINE LOGGING SEISMIC SURVEY WIRELINE TESTING TESTING STUDIES AND DRAWINGS REFERENCE WELLS Authorisation The names and signatures of the technicians and managers involved in the preparation and control of the section will be always specified.3. Section 3 will comprise the sub-sections numbered and titled as follows: List of contents 3.4 3.2.ARPO ENI S.8 3.1 3.3 3.3 3.5 3.2. . Operation Geology Programme (Section 3) The ‘Operation Geology Programme’ will be prepared by the Local Sub-surface Geology Department.6 3.A.2 3.2.7 3.

10 4.1 4.2 4. The Drilling Programme structure is defined in procedure STAP-P-1-N-6001E. (drilling problems) will be made in co-operation between the Drilling and Completion and Subsurface Geology Local Departments.7 4.1 OPERATIONAL SEQUENCE 4.1.4 4. Particularly.2.2.11 4.3 4. Section 4 will comprise the sub-sections numbered and titled as follows: List of contents 4.ARPO ENI S. 4.1.6 4.1.4 4.2.A.9 4. paragraphs 4.8 4.p.1. Drilling Programme (Section 4) The ‘Drilling Programme’ will be prepared by the District Drilling & Completion Department.1.2.5 4.1. .1 (forecast on pressure and temperature gradients) and 4.12 Forecast on pressure and temperature gradients Drilling problems Casing setting depths Casing design Mud programme Cementing programme BOP Wellhead Hydraulic programme BHA and stabilisation Bits and drilling parameters Deviation project Annexes and/or figures Authorisation The names and signatures of the technicians and managers involved in the preparation and control of the section will be always specified.1.1 4.2.7 4.2.6 4.2.3 4. Agip Division IDENTIFICATION CODE PAGE 209 OF 230 REVISION STAP-P-1-M-6100 0 16.2 Preliminaries Conductor pipe phase Superficial phase Intermediate phases Final phase Testing Completion typology Well abandonment WELL PLANNING 4.2 4.8 4.2.1.

If some subjects are applicable to a particular well. Agip Division IDENTIFICATION CODE PAGE 210 OF 230 REVISION STAP-P-1-M-6100 0 17. Where only Drilling operations are concerned (e. FINAL WELL REPORT PREPARATION The Final Well Report is prepared by the ‘Engineering Section’ of the Drilling and Completion Department’ in co-operation with the ‘Operations Section’. FINAL WELL REPORT This section details the procedure to prepare the ‘Final Well Report’.3.2. 17. must be strictly followed. In the case of a multi-well Development Project where. 17.g. In the following section the structure and competency required in the preparation of the ‘Final Well Report shall be explained.1. the well final report shall include reports on both Drilling and Completion activities. In the case of new wells the report will be titled ‘ Final Well Drilling and Completion Report’ or. as ‘ Final Workover Well Drilling and Completion Report’. . Exploration Wells. the two reports will be merged.).g. The numeration and the title of the sections as shown in section 17. Temporary Abandonment. Extra sub-sections for clarity or further explanation are permitted. not envisaged will be typed against the relevant sections. Reporting will be standardised through using the common format as follows: • • • • • • • • Print Model Type and Size of the Character Page Numbering Identification Distribution List Graphic Representations Chapters Structure Signatures These criteria shall be common for all Well Operations ‘Final Well Reports’ in both domestic and foreign operations.A. analysis or to help prepare future well programmes. wells are drilled or completed from a single location (platform or cluster) the report will be titled ‘ (platform name) or (cluster name) Final Drilling and Completion Report’. the report will be titled ‘Final Well Drilling Report’. When separate drilling and completion reports are prepared.p. GENERAL Whenever possible or applicable. Temporary Abandoning or Batch Operations) the report will be titled ‘Final Well Completion Report’. in case of workover on old wells. If completion operations are performed separately after the end of drilling operations are completed (e. Dry Holes. Properly completed Final Well Reports are essential to enable all personnel involved in drilling and completion activities access to well information for studies.ARPO ENI S. etc.

1 GENERAL WELL DATA 1.8 Abandoning 2.2.2 Well Head Sketch 2.2 Casing Data 3.6 Bottom Hole Assembly 3.5 Bit And Hydraulic Data 3.3 DRILLING PROBLEMS AND RECOMMENDATIONS 2.3 Well Completion Sketch 2.1 2 3 3.4 Intermediate Phases 2.6 LOCATION MAP WELL HISTORY FINAL WELL STATUS 2.7 Directional Drilling 3. .1 Well Sketch 2.2 DETAILED OPERATIONS HISTORY 2. General Report Structure 1 GENERAL INFORMATION 1.1.8 Well Testing Data 3.3. FINAL WELL OPERATION REPORT STRUCTURE 17.2.6 Well Testing 2. Agip Division IDENTIFICATION CODE PAGE 211 OF 230 REVISION STAP-P-1-M-6100 0 17.2 GENERAL RIG SPECIFICATION 1.1 Moving 2.2.5 OPERATIONS ORGANISATION CHART 1.4 Drilling Fluids 3.2.4 LIST OF MAIN CONTRACTORS 1.3 BOP SKETCH 1.3 Surface Phase 2.2 Conductor Pipe Phase 2.4 COMPLETION REMARKS DATA ANALYSIS Time Analysis 4 ATTACHMENTS (Service companies must be requested to supply copies of their own reports as this enhances the quality of the information contained in the report).1.7 Completion 2.3.1 Pressure And Temperature Gradients Final Phase 2.2.ARPO ENI S.3 Cementing Data 3.p.1.A.9 Completion Details 3.

4 DRILLING PROBLEMS AND RECOMMENDATIONS 2.1.5 Final Phase 2.1.2 CASING DATA 3.8 Abandoning 2.5 COMPLETION REMARKS DATA ANALYSIS 3.2.4 General Cluster/Platform Time Vs Depth Diagram 2.1 Well Sketches 2. Cluster/Platform Final Well Report Structure 1 CLUSTER/PLATFORM INFORMATION 1.10 TIME ANALYSIS ATTACHMENTS (Service companies must be requested to supply copies of their own reports as this enhances the quality of the information contained in the report). 2 3 4 .2.7 DIRECTIONAL DRILLING CEMENTING DATA 3.3 PRESSURE AND TEMPERATURE GRADIENTS 2.1 GENERAL DATA 1.2 GENERAL RIG SPECIFICATION 1.2.1 Moving Completion Schemes 2. Agip Division IDENTIFICATION CODE PAGE 212 OF 230 REVISION STAP-P-1-M-6100 0 17.2 Wells Head Sketches And Elevations 2.8 WELL TESTING DATA 3.5 OPERATIONS ORGANIZATION CHART 1.2.A.1 FINAL WELLS STATUS 2.4 LIST OF MAIN CONTRACTORS 1.p.ARPO ENI S.4 DRILLING FLUIDS 3.1.5 BIT AND HYDRAULIC DATA 3.2 Conductor Pipe Phase 2.1.9 COMPLETION DETAILS 3.3 BOP SKETCH 1.4 Intermediate Phases 2.6 BOTTOM HOLE ASSEMBLY 3.7 Completion 2.6 LOCATION MAP 1.2 DETAILED OPERATIONS HISTORY 2.2.3 Surface Phase 2.7 CLUSTER/PLATFORM WELL BAY LAY-OUT AND ORIENTATION GENERAL DRILLING & COMPLETION ACTIVITY REPORT 2.6 Testing 2.

final well status. 17. All depths for both offshore and onshore wells must be referred to from Rotary Table (RT). data relevant to drilling and completion operations will be reported in detail.5 of STAP-G-1-M-9000: Prepared by : Controlled by: Approved by : 17. General Drilling and Completion Activity Report (Section 2) In this section the history of the well e. the elevation of which above datum shall be clearly stated.A. AUTHORISATION Authorisation for the ‘ Final Well Report’ will be included as follows according to the procedures envisaged in paragraph 6.4. Agip Division IDENTIFICATION CODE PAGE 213 OF 230 REVISION STAP-P-1-M-6100 0 General Information (Section 1) In this sub-section the main data relevant to the Well.. such as: • • • • • Spider plot Cost analysis Evaluation of service main contractor Weather condition etc. detailed operation history. District Drilling and Completion Expert District Engineering and operation sections Manager of Drilling and Completion department District Drilling and Completion Manager .ARPO ENI S.g. Data Analysis (Section 3) In this part.5. operation problems register and recommendations for Drilling and Completion activities etc. will be reported. Rig and Operation Organisation should be reported. ATTACHMENTS Included In this section there are all paragraphs required for particular purposes.p.

Feed-back reports for drilling. As the first section is generic to all the forms it is only shown in ARPO 01 instructions.Agip Division and Affiliates obtain feedback from the field. The forms relevant to drilling operations are: • • • • • • • • • ARPO 01 ARPO 02 ARPO 03A ARPO 03B ARPO 04A ARPO 04B ARPO 05 ARPO 06 ARPO 13 Initial Activity Report Daily Report Casing Running Report Casing Running Report Cementing Job report Cementing Job report Bit Record Waste Disposal Management Report Well Problem Report Behind each report form are instructions on how to fill in the forms. . workover and well testing operations are available and must be filled in and returned to head office for distribution to the relevant responsible departments as soon as possible as per instructions.p. it is essential that ENI . To this end a feed-back reporting system is in use which satisfies this requirement. all depths referred to in this appendix will be from Rotary Kelly Bushing Elevation (this being from the first Rig which drilled the well). Agip Division IDENTIFICATION CODE PAGE 214 OF 230 REVISION STAP-P-1-M-6100 0 Appendix A .A. Note: If not otherwise specified . completion.Report Forms To enable the contents of this drilling design manual and other operating procedures manuals to be improved.ARPO ENI S.

1. Initial Activity Report (ARPO 01) District/Affiliate Company DATE: Permit/Concession N° General Data On shore Latitude: Longitude Reference Rig Name Rig Type Contractor Rig Heading [°] Offset FROM the proposed location Distance [m] Direction [°] Off shore INITIAL ACTIVITY REPORT Depth Above S. Rig RKB .A. Agip Division IDENTIFICATION CODE PAGE 215 OF 230 REVISION STAP-P-1-M-6100 0 A. Ground Level[m] Water Depth [m] Rotary Table Elev.ARPO ENI S.p.[m] First Flange[m] Top housing [m] Reference Rig Ref. & C.1st Flange Cellar Pit Depth [m] Length [m] Width [m]: Manufacturer Type WELL NAME FIELD NAME Cost center ARPO 01 Well Code Joint venture AGIP: % % % Type of Operation % % % Program TD (Measured) Program TD (Vertical) Rig Pump [m] [m] Liner avaible [in] Major Contractors Type of Service Mud Logging D.L . Fluids Cementation Waste treatment Operating Time Moving Positioning Anchorage Rig-up Delay Lost-time Accidents Company Contract N° Type of Service Company Contract N° Jack-up leg Penetration [gg:hh] [hh:min] [hh:min] [hh:min] [hh:min] [hh:min] Rig Anchorage Leg N° Air gap [m] Penetration [m] N° Supply Vessel for Positioning Name Horse Power Bollard pull [t] Anchor Bow N° 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Note: Angle Type & Manufacturer Weight [t] Mooring Line Length Cable [m] Chain [m] Piggy Back Weight N° [t] Length [m] Mooring Line Chain Ø [mm] Cable Length [m] Ø [mm] Tension Operative [Tested] [t] Tension [t] Total Time [hh:min] Supervisor Superintendent .


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Daily Report (ARPO 02)

District/Affiliate Company DATE: Rig Name Type of Rig Contractor Well Ø nom.[in] Top [m] Bottom [m] Top of Cmt [m] Last Survey [°] LOT - IFT [kg/l] 1 2 at m at m 3 Last casing Next Casing RT Elevation Ground Lelel / Water Depth RT - 1 flange / Top Housing BOP Stack Diverter Annular Annular Upper Rams Middle Rams Middle Rams Middle Rams Lower Rams Last Test Type Ø


ARPO 02 [m] [m] [m]

Cost center Well Code Report N° Permit / Concession N° M.D. (24:00) T.V.D. (24:00) Total Drilled Rotating Hrs R.O.P. Progressive Rot. hrs Back reaming Hrs Personnel Agip Rig Others Total Agip Rig Other Total [m] [m] [m] [hh:mm] [m / h] [hh:mm] [hh:mm] Injured of

w.p. [psi]

Reduce Pump Strockes Pressure Pump N° Liner [in] Strokes Press. [psi] Lithology Shows From (hr) To (hr)


Operation at 07:00 Mud type Density Viscosity P.V. Y.P. Gel 10"/10' Water Loss HP/HT Press. Temp. ClSalt pH/ES MBT Solid Oil/water Ratio. Sand pm/pom pf mf Daily Losses Progr. Losses [kg/l] [s/l] [cP] [g/100cm2] / [cc/30"] [cc/30"] [kg/cm2] [°C] [g/l] [g/l] [kg/m3] [%] [%] Bit Data Manuf. Type Serial No. IADC Diam. Nozzle/TFA From [m] To [m] Drilled [m] Rot. Hrs. R.P.M. W.O.B.[t] Flow Rate Pressure Ann. vel. Jet vel. HHP Bit HSI I [m 3] [m 3] B N° Run N° N° Run N° Bottom Hole Assembly N° __________ Rot. hours Ø Description Part. L Progr.L Partial Progr.




Supply vessel

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Casing Running Report (ARPO 03B)

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Cementing Job report (ARPO 04A)

p. [kg/cm2] Returns Vol.: Type Ø Length [m] Cap. [l/min] [kg/cm2] Tot.A.] Partial Progr. [kg/cm2] Returns Vol [l] Test Stinger Pressure test Annular pressure [kg/cm2] [mins] CEMENTATION Operation (y/n) Casing Reciprocation Casing Rotation Inner string GENERAL DATA Slurry Displacement With Fluid type: Volume Density: Duration: Final pressure: [m ] [kg/l] [mins] [kg/cm2] 3 [kg/cm2] Casing testing pressure Annulus pressurization [mins] Bump Plug Valve holding To Surface Density [kg/l] Mud Spacer Slurry pH Dumped [m3] Losses [m 3] During csg run Circulation Mix/Pump Slurry Displacement Opening DV Circ.6. [l] Supervisor Superintendent . Cementing Job report (ARPO 04B) District/Affiliate Company DATE: Operation type CEMENTING JOB REPORT ARPO-04 / B Ø [in] SQUEEZE / PLUG WELL NAME FIELD NAME Cost center Stage / No. pumped [l] Final Sqz Pr. Agip Division IDENTIFICATION CODE PAGE 220 OF 230 REVISION STAP-P-1-M-6100 0 A. Vol.[ l/m] Bottom [m] Cement retainer Squeeze packer Manufacturer Model / Type Ø [inch] Depth [m] Injectivity Test with: Pump Rate Testing Pr. through DV Total pumps Circulation / Displacement / Squeeze Time [mins. Flow Rate [l/min] Pressure [kg/cm2] Total Volume [l] Operation Description Final Press.ARPO ENI S.

Survey depth Survey incl.P.A. drop [kg/cm2] Bit HHP HSI Annulus min vel. Agip Division IDENTIFICATION CODE PAGE 221 OF 230 REVISION STAP-P-1-M-6100 0 A. R. pipe pressure [kg/cm ] D. [t] Average R.F.B. Bit Cost J E T S Li tho lo gy Type % Stabilizer Distance from bit [m] B H A Diameter [in] Currency Pag. [D] Location [L] D Bearing/Seals [B] U Gauge 1/16 [G] L Other chars [O] L Reason POOH [R] Mud type Mud density [kg/l] Mud visc.O.7.p. Press.H.O.M.A.M. [m/min] [1/32 in] 1 [1/32 in] 2 [1/32 in] 3 [1/32 in] 4 [1/32 in] 5 [1/32 in] C 2 [in ] T. B Inner rows [I] I Outher rows [O] T Dull char.M. [m/h] Average W.M.: of: Supervisor Superintendent .H. Flow rate [l/min] 2 St.P. Bit Record (ARPO 05) District/Affiliate Company DATE: Run n° BIT RECORD ARPO-05 WELL NAME FIELD NAME Cost center Bit n° Bit size [in] Bit manufacturer Bit type Special features codes Serial number IADC code Depth in [m] Depth out [m] Drilled interval [m] Rotation hrs Trip hrs R.P. D. Mud Y.P.ARPO ENI S.

8. Agip Division IDENTIFICATION CODE PAGE 222 OF 230 REVISION STAP-P-1-M-6100 0 A.p.concentration (g/l ) Cumulative [m ] Recycled Total 3 Fresh water [m ] Phase Cumulative Service Mud Company Waste Disposal Transportation 3 Recycled [m ] Company Contract N° 3 Remarks Remarks Supervisor Superintendent .ARPO ENI S. Waste Disposal Management Report (ARPO 06) WASTE DISPOSAL Management Report District/Affiliate Company DATE: Report N° From [m] To [m] Phase size [in] Water consumption Usage Mixing Mud Others Total Readings / Truck Mud Volume [m ] Mixed Lost Dumped Transported IN Transported OUT Waste Disposal Water base cuttings Oil base cuttings Dried Water base cuttings Dried oil base cuttings Water base mud Oil base mud transported IN Oil base mud transported OUT Drill potable water Dehidrated water base mud Dehidrated oil base mud Sewage water Transported Brine Period [t] [t] [t] [t] [t] [t] [t] [t] [t] [t] [t] [t] Cumulative 3 WELL NAME FIELD NAME ARPO-06 Cost center Depth (m) Interval Drilled (m) 3 Drilled Volume [m ] Cumulative volume [m ] Phase /Period [m ] Fresh water Recycled Total Fresh water 3 3 Mud Type Density (kg/l) Cl.A.

Of .[kg/l]: Mud in hole Max inclination [°] @m DROP OFF [m] Solutions Applied: Results Obtained: Solutions Applied: Results Obtained: Solutions Applied: Results Obtained: Solutions Applied: Results Obtained: Supervisor Supervisor Supervisor Remarks at District level: Superintendent Lost Time Remarks at HQ level hh:mm Loss value [in currency] Pag.ARPO ENI S.9. Agip Division IDENTIFICATION CODE PAGE 223 OF 230 REVISION STAP-P-1-M-6100 0 A.p. Well Problem Report (ARPO 13) District/Affiliate Company DATE: Problem Code Well Situation Open hole Last casing Well problem Description Ø WELL PROBLEM REPORT ARPO -13 Top [m] Bottom [m] Measured Depth Top [m] Bottom [m] Vertical Depth Top [m] Bottom [m] KOP FIELD NAME WELL NAME Cost center Start date End date [m] Type Dens.A.

Agip Division IDENTIFICATION CODE PAGE 224 OF 230 REVISION STAP-P-1-M-6100 0 Appendix B .A.p.ARPO ENI S.ABBREVIATIONS API BG BHA BHP BHT BOP BPD BPM BPV BUR BWOC BWOW CBL CCD CCL CDP CET CMT CP CR CRA CW DC DHM DIF DLS DM / D&CM DOB DOBC DOR DP DST DV E/L ECD ECP EMS EMW EOC ESD FBHP FBHT FINS FPI/BO FTHP American Petroleum Institute Background gas Bottom Hole Assembly Bottom Hole Pressure Bottom hole temperature Blow Out Preventer Barrel Per Day Barrels Per Minute Back Pressure Valve Build Up Rate By Weight Of Cement By Weight Of Water Cement Bond Log Centre to Centre Distance Casing Collar Locator Common Depth Point Cement Evaluation Tool Cement Conductor Pipe Cement Retainer Corrosion Resistant Alloy Current Well Drill Collar Down Hole Motor Drill-In Fluid Dog Leg Severity Drilling & Completion Manager Diesel Oil Bentonite Diesel Oil Bentonite Cement Drop Off Rate Drill Pipe Drill Stem Test DV Collar Electric Line Equivalent Circulation Density External Casing Packer Electronic Multi Shot Equivalent Mud Weight End Of Curvature Electric Shut-Down System Flowing Bottom Hole Pressure Flowing Bottom Hole Temperature Ferranti International Navigation System Free Point Indicator / Back Off Flowing Tubing Head Pressure .

High Temperature Heavy Weight Drill Pipe International Drilling Contractor Inside Blow Out Preventer Inside Diameter Kill mud weight Kick Off Point Lowest Astronomical Tide Lost Circulation Materials Leak Off Test Log Quality Control Lost Time Accident Log While Drilling Max Allowable Annular Surface Pressure Measured Depth Mudline Hanger Magnetic Multi Shot Mobile Offshore Drilling Unit Margin of Overpull Mean Sea Level Magnetic Single Shot Mud Weight Measurement While Drilling National Association of Corrosion Engineers Near Bit Stabiliser Non Magnetic Drill Collar North Seeking Gyro Nephelometric Turbidity Unit Oil Base Mud Outside Diameter Open End Drill Pipe Offshore Installation Manager Original Mud weight Origin Reference Point Oil Water Contact Plugged & Abandoned .p.ARPO ENI S.A. Agip Division IDENTIFICATION CODE PAGE 225 OF 230 REVISION STAP-P-1-M-6100 0 FTHT GCT GLS GMS GOC GPM GR GSS HAZOP HDT HO HP/HT HW/HWDP IADC IBOP ID KMW KOP LAT LCM LOT LQC LTA LWD MAASP MD MLH MMS MODU MOP MSL MSS MW MWD NACE NB NMDC NSG NTU OBM OD OEDP OIM OMW ORP OWC P&A Flowing Tubing Head Temperature Guidance Continuous Tool Guidelineless Landing Structure Gyro Multi Shot Gas Oil Contact Gallon (US) per Minute Gamma Ray Gyro Single Shot Hazard and Operability High Resolution Dipmeter Hole Opener High Pressure .

A.ARPO ENI S.p. Agip Division IDENTIFICATION CODE PAGE 226 OF 230 REVISION STAP-P-1-M-6100 0 PCG PDC PDM PGB PI PLT POB PPB ppm PV PVT RBP RJ RKB ROE ROP ROU ROV RPM RT S (HDT) S/N SBHP SBHT SCC SD SDE SF SG SICP SIDPP SIMOP SPM SR SRG SSC ST STG TCP TD TFA TG TGB TOC TOL TVD TW Pipe Connection Gas Polycrystalline Diamond Cutter Positive Displacement Motor Permanent Guide Base Productivity Index Production Logging Tool Personnel On Board Pounds Per Barrel Part Per Million Plastic Viscosity Pressure Volume Temperature Retrievable Bridge Plug Ring Joint Rotary Kelly Bushing Radius of Exposure Rate Of Penetration Radios Of Uncertainty Remote Operated Vehicle Revolutions Per Minute Rotary Table High Resolution Dipmeter Serial Number Static Bottom Hole Pressure Static Bottom Hole Temperature Stress Corrosion Cracking Separation Distance Senior Drilling Engineer Safety Factor Specific Gravity Shut-in Casing Pressure Shut-in Drill Pipe Pressure Simultaneous Operations Stroke per Minute Separation Ratio Surface Readout Gyro Sulphide Stress Cracking Steering Tool Short trip gas Tubing Conveyed Perforations Total Depth Total Flow Area Trip Gas Temporary Guide Base Top of Cement Top of Liner True Vertical Depth Target Well .

ARPO ENI S.A.p. Agip Division IDENTIFICATION CODE PAGE 227 OF 230 REVISION STAP-P-1-M-6100 0 UAR UGF UR VBR VDL VSP W/L WBM WC WL WOB WOC WOW WP YP Uncertainty Area Ratio Universal Guide Frame Under Reamer Variable Bore Rams (BOP) Variable Density Log Velocity Seismic Profile Wire Line Water Base Mud Water Cut Water Loss Weight On Bit Wait On Cement Wait On Weather Working Pressure Yield Point .

26 20 ÷ 8 0.66 ÷ 0.WELL DEFINITIONS Definitions and parameters to described wells characteristics.0. O/WH (°C) --------> 150°c Water Depth (M) ----460 ----- .250 1000 . Bar/10m ------> 1.1 43.1 286 ÷ 573 Bur (°/M) (°/30 M) 9. See example in chapter 2 A drain hole drilled for extended reach Parameter Definition Depth (M) Pore Press. in a previous suspended well.8 .79 86.1 3-6 All are Horizontal wells As shown in section 2 example #5 A well re-entered to production.8 220.A.p.2 ÷ 0.9 294 ÷ 57 1.573 Definition Drain Hole Extended Reach Well Lateral Well Multi Lateral Well Re-Entry Well Branch Well Curve Characteristic Short Radius Long Radius Parameter Displacement Roc (M) (M) 150 .250 150 .8 ÷ 30.1 12.9 294 .600 > 6. (Bar) ------> 690 --- Deep Well Ultra Deep Well Deepwater Well High Pressure Well High Temperature Well > 4.57 0.30.1600 5.1 3÷6 Definition Short Radius Intermediate Radius Minimum Radius Long Radius Inclination da a x° x° x° x° 90° 90° 90° 90° ROC (m) Horizontal Section (m) 150 .4 286 .ARPO ENI S. by drilling operations.81 --- SIWH Press.2 .250 500 .000 ------- Temp Res. Parameter BUR (°/m) (°/30 m) 9.900 1000 -1600 5.1.33 ÷ 4.48 40 ÷ 70 0.8 ÷ 1.8 . Agip Division IDENTIFICATION CODE PAGE 228 OF 230 REVISION STAP-P-1-M-6100 0 Appendix C .

p.A. Agip Division IDENTIFICATION CODE PAGE 229 OF 230 REVISION STAP-P-1-M-6100 0 Word Water Well Water Injection Well Gas Injection Well Description Producing water well Well for water injection Well for gas injection .ARPO ENI S.

p. Agip Division IDENTIFICATION CODE PAGE 230 OF 230 REVISION STAP-P-1-M-6100 0 Appendix D .ARPO ENI S. Jar Acceptance and Utilisation Procedures Drilling Procedures Manual General Well Control Policy Manual Other Emergency Operating Procedures TEAP Number TEAP-P-1-M-6040 STAP Number API Specifications 5c API Specifications10 NACE Standard MR-01-75 .A.BIBLIOGRAPHY Eni-Agip Document: ADIS Casing Design Manual Drilling Fluids Manual Drilling.

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