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Drilling-with-Casing (DwC™) and

Drilling-with-Liner (DwL™) Systems
Increases drilling efficiency and reduces risk exposure by removing
the need to trip pipe and bottom-hole assembly components.

Making Trouble Zones Comfort Zones

It is possible to eliminate a casing string or liner by successfully drilling into or through a pressure transition or lost zone. drilling hazards ranging from depleted zones with pressure transitions and hole stability problems are becoming more prevalent. excessive cavings or in severely swelling or mobile formations . All rights reserved. Surge pressures can lead to lost circulation by breaking down permeable or fractured formations. pressure or unstable hole conditions — Reaming casing or liners through unstable hole conditions.all designed to make your trouble zones comfort zones. Both problems can be time consuming and costly Weatherford's DwC system provides one of several alternatives. These issues add an estimated 10 to 20 percent or more to drilling time. Examples of other mitigation technologies include solid expandable technologies and managed pressure drilling…. Drilling-with-Casing (DwC) Systems: Putting Problems Behind Pipe Tripping drillpipe produces surge and swab pressures on the wellbore. Swab-reduced pressure in the wellbore can potentially pull formation fluids into the borehole and encourages wellbore instability. pressure transitions and unstable formations — Drilling with liner to drill through or top set casing into troublesome intervals — Drilling through and simultaneously casing cement plugs or other agents used to isolate losses. Instead of fighting these age-old problems with age-old treatments.Drilling-with-Casing (DwC™) and Drilling-with-Liner (DwL™) Systems DwC Applications — Conditions ranging from very soft surface hole formations to deep production casing strings — Drilling conductor or surface strings in a single pass to eliminate flat time Drilling Hazard Mitigation: Making Trouble Zones Comfort Zones As reservoirs age. costly and are often ineffective. The DwC system simplifies well architecture by potentially reducing surface casing size as well as contingency casing strings or liners. Additionally. which in turn speeds drilling and reduces risk exposure by always having casing on or near bottom. Weatherford's Drilling-with-Casing (DwC) systems are just one example of the mitigation methods we provide for drilling hazards. — Drilling with casing through trouble zones such as lost circulation zones. 2 © 2005-2006 Weatherford. cementing and resins can be time consuming. Weatherford improves drilling efficiencies and ultimately reduces costs by analyzing clients' drilling problems and engineering fit-for-purpose solutions to effectively solve these problems. It removes the need to trip pipe and bottomhole assemblies (BHA). conventional methods used to control lost circulation such as mud additives. pumping cement plugs.

drag and hole cleaning problems. — Provides superior hole cleaning with almost continual circulation (uninterrupted by tripping). as DwC technology keeps the casing on or near the bottom. helping avoid channeling. Avoids drillpipe keyseating and other stuck pipe issues and provides a stiffer drillstring.Drilling-with-Casing (DwC™) and Drilling-with-Liner (DwL™) Systems DwC Benefits Faster and More Efficient Than Conventional Drilling — Reduces flat time in the drilling curve and minimizes downhole trouble time (fighting lost circulation or wellbore instability). — Reduces torque. — Optimizes cement volume and bonding by the high-quality. near-gauge borehole. — Aids in running casing strings and liners completely to bottom in difficult borehole conditions. — Speeds drilling programs—typically by 30 percent or more—by reducing downhole trouble time and minimizing drillpipe and wireline tripping and associated circulating hours. All rights reserved. as DwC technology allows continual circulation (uninterrupted by tripping) until cementing begins. — Isolates shallow gas. High borehole quality and the equivalent circulating density (ECD) effect also helps to hold back the formation. — Mitigates borehole instability issues with simultaneous drilling and casing. and improves hole quality. mono-diameter annular geometry and higher annular velocities. 3 . water and thief zones. reducing risk exposure. — Requires fewer personnel on the rig floor. © 2005-2006 Weatherford. — Allows cementing to begin almost immediately upon reaching total depth. Improved Cementing Compared to Conventional Drilling — Enhances cementing integrity and quality. potentially enhancing cement quality. — Reduces open-hole risk exposure and associated drilling problems. — Creates a less tortuous and more concentric wellbore. — Reduces borehole exposure to formation and completion damage. — Enables lower mud weights—thus lower costs—by eliminating the trip margin because no trip out of the hole is required. Reduced Drilling Risks Compared to Conventional Drilling — Reduces well control incidents by limiting drillpipe tripping (swab/surge) and related hazards.

Suite 600 Houston. or mobile formations Ensuring Success from Top Drive to DrillShoe™ Assembly The basic DwC system includes a drillable drill bit/ casing shoe (our DrillShoe tool).weatherford. 600 The DwC job was DwC Well executed from a 700 Offset semisubmersible. The cost savings was US$1 million.com. Specifications are subject to change without notice. Once the bottomhole casing setting depth is achieved. Brochure 3708.01 . Weatherford sells its products and services in accordance with the terms and conditions set forth in the applicable contract between Weatherford and the client. available on request or at www. Casing string Top drive1 Pup joint Kelly valve Double valve float collar (placed as desired for optimum shoe track) Pump-in sub Kelly valve Cross over sub DrillShoe tool – drillable casing bits eliminate the timeintensive process of retrieving bit bottomhole assemblies required with other methods of casing drilling. DwL is a very efficient way to drill through. a float collar. Offset reductions in drilling Conventional flat time are 0 reflected in this 100 chart.000 0 6 11 16 (BOP) system. a drive system to transmit torque from the top drive to the casing string. which 200 compares a well 300 drilled with casing 400 to a conventionally 500 drilled offset well. For more information contact an authorized Weatherford representative.com Weatherford products and services are subject to the Company’s standard terms and conditions. we offer a companion suite of products and services such as our DwL system. a centralizer/stabilizer. troublesome intervals including excessive cavings. trademarks and service marks herein are the property of Weatherford. Texas 77027 USA Tel: 713-693-4000 www. 515 Post Oak Blvd. 60 percent of which was attributed to the use of the surface BOP system and 40 percent to Weatherford's DwC technology. Drilling-with-Liner (DwL) System: In addition to our DwC system. DwC internal drive casing tool (ICDT) 1 The top drive is not a product of Weatherford. 800 using a surface 900 blowout prevention 1. or top set casing into. All rights reserved. cement operations can begin almost immediately.Drilling-with-Casing (DwC™) and Drilling-with-Liner (DwL™) Systems Measured Depth (m) Significant DwC Well vs. Unless noted otherwise. which provide good insurance when drilling in trouble zones. swelling.weatherford. © 2005-2006 Weatherford. and a top drive. An Days from Spud estimated time savings of 80 percent was reported..