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• A turkey drilling contractor began drilling a 9,000ft well in September 1979.

The well was in high-activity area where 52 wells had been drilled previously in a township (approximately 36 sq mi). The contractor was reputable and had a successful history. The drilling superintendent called a bit company and obtained bit records on two wells in the section where the prospect well was drilled . Although the records were approximately 15 years old, it appeared that the formation pressures would be normal to a depth of 9,800 ft. Since the prospect well was drilled to 9,000ft, pressure problems were not anticipated. The contractor elected to set 10 ¾ in casing to 1,800ft and use a 9.5 lb/gal mud to 9,000ft in a 9 -7/8 in hole. At that point, responsibility would be turned over to the company.

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800ft 2) However. It appeared that the blowout caused from the same zone as the well in question.750ft was reached. 1) The wells in the area appeared to be normally pressured until 9. 4 of the 52 wells in the specific township and range had blown out in the past five years. a severe kick was taken.• Drilling was uneventful until a depth of 8. An underground blowout occurred that soon erupted into a surface blowout. The rig was destroyed and natural resources were lost until the well was killed three weeks later. At that point. A drilling consultant retained by a Major European insurance group conducted a study that yielded the following results. SYNDICATE SESSION .

its implications and proffer solutions for subsequent operations as the newly hired well Engineer on site. . 4) All problems appeared to occur after a severe 1973 blowout taken from 12.200ft abnormal pressure zone 5) The final settlement by the insurance company was over $16 million as against $800 that would have been spent to get proper data for that location before drilling. Identify the problems & the causes.SYNDICATE SESSION 3) Total of 16 wells of the remaining 48 wells had taken kicks or severe gas cutting from the same zone.