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UNDERBALANCED

DRILLING

UNDERBALANCED DRILLING

October 17, 2002

UNDERBALANCED DRILLING
When drilling underbalanced you
intentionally keep the hydrostatic weight
of you drilling fluid at a lesser value than
the known reservoir pressure. This
pressure can be naturally attained with a
light drilling fluid or it can be induced. This
induction can be achieved by adding natural
gas, nitrogen or air to the liquid phase of
the drilling fluid. If the underbalanced state
is attained naturally or by induction the
resulting situation at surface is the same.
The influx from formation or induction must
be circulated from the well and controlled
at surface.
Lowering the hydrostatic pressure at
surface adds many benefits to a drilling
operation:
• The well bore is kept cleaner, the
gassified fluid moves up hole more
consistently as BHP can be controlled at
surface.
• The reservoir is not plugged by drilling
debris as it is in a constant state of influx.
• This will increase productivity and
decrease fluid losses
Having the well in a state of influx, assisting
the drilling operation, greatly enhances the
drilling operation as real time date retrieval
is available. This allows the drilling process
to be site specific allowing the drilling
program to be tailored for the well being
drilled and not a compilation of past results
and/or mistakes.

High Arctic Well Control Inc. Tel: 403-340-9925 Fax: 403-340-1238

With the well in a constant state of influx
control of the annular flow is very important.
This is achieved by using a closed drilling
system at surface to control the flow qt
surface. The BOP system remains closed
at surface and flow and cuttings are
directed through pressure control
equipment so flowing pressure can be
regulated.

UNDERBALANCED DRILLING

October 17, 2002

ADVANTAGES
• Control of Well Bore
• Well flows naturally, producing formation
is open
• Little or no fluid enters the producing zone
• BHP is controlled and monitored
• Allows for analysis of the virgin reservoir



Straight forward Drilling
The focus is on production
Keep your well in a state of influx
Production determines penetration

• Clean
• Loss of well control is greatly lessened
• Closed control of cuttings, gasses and
fluids
• Gasses can be re-injected or produced
while drilling
• Reduced mud pit volumes, controlled
cleanup
• Evaluation
• Real time information available while
drilling
• Production values can be monitored/
tested while drilling
• Drilling program can be modified to suit
production

High Arctic Well Control Inc. Tel: 403-340-9925 Fax: 403-340-1238







Economics
Less fluid costs
Less disposal/ trucking costs
More real information
More production from sensitive formations
No cleanup time
Production testing part of drilling

UNDERBALANCED DRILLING

October 17, 2002

HIGH ARCTIC WELL CONTROL INC.
UNDERBALANCED DRILLING SERVICES

• PROJECT MANAGEMENT
• DRILLING ENGINEERING
• H.S. & E. SERVICES
• RESERVOIR ENGINEERING
• DRILLING OPERATIONS
• WELLSITE SUPERVISION
• SURFACE SEPARATION EQUIPMENT
• DATA ACQUISITION
• LIFT GAS GENERATION
• LIFT GAS RECYCLEING/INJECTION
• DRILLING HEADS/ DIVERTERS

High Arctic Well Control Inc. Tel: 403-340-9925 Fax: 403-340-1238

• SNUBBING SERVICES
- RIG ASSIST
- STAND ALONE
- HYDRAULIC WORK OVER

• UBD / SNUB TRAINING

UNDERBALANCED DRILLING

October 17, 2002

UNDERBALANCED DRILLING SPECIALISTS
High Arctic well Control Inc. is a Canadian
based company will deep roots in
Underbalanced Drilling Technology.

For further information regarding High
Arctic Well Control and our services
please contact:

A leader in UBD systems High Arctic
personnel have been involved in developing
UBD since 1987. In Canada, U.S.A., Asia
and South America High Arctic personnel
have help with designed and completed
vertical and horizontal underbalanced wells.
High Arctic has completed over 4,000 wells
per year optimizing Underbalanced Drilling
Technology using our Snubbing expertise.

Head Office
High Arctic Well Control Inc.
Tel: 01-403-340-9925
Fax: 01-403-340-1238

There is also a wealth of knowledge and
experience in drilling and workover
programming of wells completed, drilled and
worked over under pressure.
Our focus has been on live well technology
not as a disaster service but as production
and production enhancement service.
We “Stand Alone” in our industry as a leader
in technology and service.

High Arctic Well Control Inc. Tel: 403-340-9925 Fax: 403-340-1238

Regional Support
Ken Hemmrich
General Manager
High Arctic/ S.E.A.L International
Tel: 971-4-883-5199
Fax: 971-4-338-2959

UNDERBALANCED DRILLING

October 17, 2002

UBD PERSONNEL
Underbalanced Drilling Supervisor
Controls drilling operation has a great deal
of experience in UBD, Drilling, Pressure
Control and workover techniques. Works
on location to coordinate services and
work with well site representative and
engineering personnel.
Underbalanced Drilling Operator
He is highly experienced in all facets of
UBD, Snubbing, Hydraulic Workover,
Drilling, Well Servicing and testing. Sets
up and operates all UBD surface
equipment.
Operations Superintendent
Direct liaison with Oil Company, has
complete operational and engineering
experience. He directs all High Arctic
personnel with the support of the Drilling
Engineers.
HSE coordinator
Provided through S.E.A.L. International
(High Arctic Affiliate) can identify any
hazards related to the operations by means
of HAZIDS and HAZOPS. He is trained
in hazard identification and risk
management. Provides training liaison
with High Arctic Training Centre and directs
and assists field operational staff.

High Arctic Well Control Inc. Tel: 403-340-9925 Fax: 403-340-1238

Data Acquisition
The real-time data from location is collated
and relayed to the Oil Company
representative in the field and can be
relayed via satellite to head office in report
form and during operations.
Project Management
High Arctic Well Control and it’s Affiliates
can coordinate and develop a complete
UBD program. We can also direct this
program from within the Oil Companies
organization to the field level

UNDERBALANCED DRILLING

UBD EQUIPMENT
Available Equipment Includes:
Stripper Diverter

Flare Lines

ESD System

Nitrogen Generation System

Working Blind Ram

Rig Assist Snubbing

Main Flow Line

Hydraulic Drilling Equipment

Remote choke Manifold

Data Acquisition

Pressure Versatile separation System
BOP System complete with
Hang Off Rams

High Arctic Well Control Inc. Tel: 403-340-9925 Fax: 403-340-1238

October 17, 2002

UNDERBALANCED DRILLING

October 17, 2002

CUSTOMER LIST
BP/Amoco

EnCana

Conoco

Petro Canada

Apache

Burlington

Dow Chemical

Ranger Oil

Anadarko

Shell

AEC

High Arctic was instrumental in the development fo the first UBD
Horizontal well drilled in Canada.

High Arctic Well Control Inc. Tel: 403-340-9925 Fax: 403-340-1238