Mitigate drilling hazards with the industry’s most versatile drilling valve
W E L L B O R E P R O D U C T I V I T Y
and 8 1/4-in. a wide variety of connections can be cut.. mud motor and more
• Easy spotting of LCM or WSM while drilling • Cuttings-beds removal. enhanced hole cleaning and efficient fluid displacement by boosting annular velocities in conjunction with pipe rotation • Will not function prematurely from high circulation or tripping rates • Saves tripping time. OD for all drillstring configurations.Features
• Generous flow-through area via multiple ports • Ball catcher has a 14-ball capacity (7 complete cycles) • The same-size ball opens and closes the ports • Available in 5-in. 7-in. including XT57 or NC50 • No internal tool connections • Tool activation mechanism locks into open or closed position • Tool activation mechanism isolated from circulating fluids • Ball catcher permits smaller ball and/or limited wireline access below the Well Commander tool even after it has been activated • Optional shut-off ball prevents coarse LCM from entering sensitive bottomhole assembly elements such as LWD/MWD/core barrel. multiple trips without redressing the tool • Simplifies reverse circulation through the tool • Boosts annular velocities above an underreamer for enhanced hole cleaning • Elevates circulation rates with minimal pressure drop • Functions in water or invert-emulsion drilling fluids as well as clear brines • Provides jetting functionality in the BOP • Permits running other ball-activated tools below • Permits limited wireline access for freepoint indicators or other elements • Promotes filling or draining the workstring while tripping
underreaming operations. without having to pass the material through size. and other applications for conditioning or displacing wellbore fluids at high flow rates.
s O L U T I O n s
The Well Commander tool lets you perform the necessary operations by providing a large flow area bypass on demand through as many as seven open-and-close cycles in one trip. The tool is also used to help fill or drain the drillstring during trips to control surge and swab pressures and to enhance tripping operations by minimizing fluid discharge.
The Well Commander tool uses the same size operating ball to open and close the ports
Open circulating ports provide generous flow area
The high flow rates achieved through the tool’s generous ports save time and money in spotting effective LCM/WSM treatments or kill-weight fluids and reduce circulating time during displacements.
A P P L I C A T I O n s
Extended-reach drilling. underbalanced and managed-pressure drilling. Placing the tool above other ball-drop tools. thus avoiding drilling fluid spills and promoting a safer work environment.
E C O n O m I C s
The Well Commander* tool is a ballactivated drilling valve placed above sensitive bottomhole assembly equipment such as MWD and LWD tools. so a slug can work every time at any angle.
P R O B L E m s
During drilling operations. many hazards may be encountered that must be mitigated to permit successful completion on the interval.and concentration-limiting downhole tools.
E n V I R O n m E n T A L
The tool allows even small-diameter workstrings to drain easily during a trip by bypassing restrictive BHA equipment.Spot pills and increase circulation exactly where you want. logging tools or the bit. This is typically done to prevent or remove cuttings-beds buildup. enhance fluid displacement or simplify reverse circulation. can also be highly advantageous. It provides an alternate circulation path for performing critical functions including placing LCM or. preventing effective hole cleaning while drilling or displacing wellbore fluids. spotting LostCirculation Material (LCM) or kill-weight fluid. core barrels. The tool also helps avoid problems such as cuttings beds and packoffs in extended-reach wells. These same BHAs can also limit the size and concentration of LCM or WellboreStrengthening Material (WSM) that can be placed in troublesome zones. The Well Commander tool also boosts annular velocities during drilling or completion operations. in troublesome zones. such as an underreamer. and mud motors.
Well Commander tool
. with no impact on the BHA. For instance. for I-Boss* applications WSM. restrictive BHAs can limit the flow rate and annular velocity.
as smaller activation balls can pass through the Well Commander tool and ball catcher.
6. Ball lands on seat. Valve activation
When pressure exceeds activation pressure. BHA shut off removal
After pressuring up on the activation ball. Valve closing
The BHA shut-off ball is removed when subsequent activation ball closes the ports. This bypass ball catcher captures the balls to one side of the inside diameter to facilitate positioning other ball-drop tools below it. with the capacity of the ball catcher (14 balls/7 cycles) being the only limit. The operating balls and BHA-shutoff balls are collected in the ball-catcher assembly below the tool. The tool uses the same size operating ball to open and close the ports. Bypass ball catcher
Bypass ball catcher captures activation and BHA shut-off balls to the side permitting high flow rate with minimal pressure loss and allowing smaller balls to pass through it.
9. ports open and ball proceeds to ball catcher below tool. A smaller BHA shut-off ball
can be dropped to prevent fluid flow or solids deposition at the top of the BHA.
8. BHA shut off
Optional shut-off ball can be landed on lower ball seat to prevent LCM or WSM from entering the BHA while treating the formation. high circulation rates will not cause the tool to function prematurely. Pressure is applied.
4. Other activation balls
Other ball activation tools that use smaller diameter balls can be positioned below the Well Commander tool as the ball will not activate it.
Advantages Unique ball-seat technology allows the same-size ball to open and close the tool. while some flow is maintained through the bit for lubrication.
5. Ball bypassing
The activation balls for these other tools will pass through the bypass ball catcher. Open circulation
Majority of flow passes through the ports with lower pressure to allow increased pump rates. the BHA shut-off and activation balls move to the ball catcher. This ball is expelled with the subsequent operating ball.
. Additionally. eliminating the risk of dropping the wrong size ball.
2.How it works
The Well Commander tool is run into or pulled out of the hole with the ports locked open or closed.
7. No complicated ball/dart sequence or potentially problematic pump on/off hydraulic sequencing is required to open and close the tool. Ball landing
Drop ball on connection and pump down to tool. The ports remain in the same position until the tool is activated by dropping a ball and pressuring up to shift the circulating port.
. Increased pressure drives the ball through the ball seat and a pressure drop is observed. When the operating ball lands on the seat and pressure is applied. The Well Commander tool can be run on multiple trips before redress is required. With the circulating ports open. The Well Commander tool can assist in removing cuttings beds in highangle/horizontal wells and can efficiently displace fluids by boosting annular velocities. there is still a small percentage of fluid circulating around the BHA. When the ball lands on the seat and pressure is applied. This smaller-diameter shut-off ball can also be used for stopping flow to the bit. In ERD (Extended-Reach Drilling) or other drilling applications that encroach on fracture pressure. When the need arises to open the circulating ports. another operating ball is dropped and pumped down to the tool ball seat. such as preventing cuttings-beds buildup by boosting circulating annular velocities during drilling or completion operations and/or spotting LCM or WSM (I-Boss applications) in troublesome zones without passing the material through size. MWD/ LWD tools. The ports also promote jetting BOP cavities at high flow rates. The operating ball is expelled into the ball catcher. the tool can be used to spot LCM or. Operations The Well Commander tool is normally positioned above the BHA. Other applications include enhanced hole cleaning during holeopening/underreaming operations. WSM. motor or small-diameter drillstring. The tool remains inactive during normal drilling operations. when properly positioned. for I-Boss applications. If these materials have the potential for damaging any of the BHA components. the tool can assist in spotting WSM pills in troublesome zones without routing the treatments through the BHA and bit. the Well Commander tool allows spotting/removing of kill-weight fluid in the vertical section prior to commencing the trip/additional drilling. an operating ball can be pumped to close the Well Commander valve and commence operations.
In horizontal UBD/MPD (Underbalanced and ManagedPressure Drilling) applications. and the tool advances to the locked-open position. the Well Commander tool can be opened to displace kill-weight fluid prior to tripping to simplify the operation. The open and close cycling can be repeated on a single trip until the maximum capacity of the ball catcher is reached. The ball catcher can be emptied on surface during each trip and the balls reused on subsequent trips. keeping it lubricated. differently colored BHA shut-off ball.and concentrationlimiting downhole tools. Contact M-I SWACO today to hear how the reliable Well Commander tool is saving time and money on drilling projects around the world. the tool is primed to close via an indexing system. Increased pressure drives the ball through the ball seat and a pressure drop is observed.
displacement string. Finally. The tool can be used to good effect for conditioning wellbore fluids at high flow rates in any drilling or
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Let one of our representatives introduce you to all the benefits you can get from this versatile workhorse of a drilling valve. In this position. flow to the bit can be isolated by dropping a smaller. To close the Well Commander tool and restore all the flow through the BHA again. In managed-pressure or underbalanced drilling operations. it can be used as a fill-anddrain sub in any drilling or displacement string to avoid swabbing or surging the open hole. It can also remain open while tripping into the hole to avoid surging and allow the pipe to readily fill. an operating ball is dropped and pumped down to the Well Commander tool. closed position. the pump rate can then be increased to circulate at higher annular velocities through the open ports. Once on bottom. The
The Well Commander tool is easily redressed
operating ball and the BHA shut-off ball are both expelled into the ball catcher and the valve returns to its original. The valve is run in the hole in the closed position. the tool is primed to open. The pressure is allowed to bleed off before continuing operations. Note that in this open position. It can remain open while tripping out of the hole to avoid swabbing and permit tripping dry.Applications The Well Commander tool provides an alternate circulation path for mitigating drilling hazards. This very versatile and reliable tool also permits easy spotting of LCM during drilling operations.
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