An operator in Saudi Arabia optimized their drilling program for two wells while using a conventional water-based drilling fluid and FLC 2000®. Offset well data revealed several potential drilling challenges including differential sticking, mud loss, H2S and high bottom-hole temperatures.
FLC 2000 was maintained at 5 – 6 ppb in the KCl/polymer mud through the troublesome formations. No mud losses or stuck pipe occurred and drilling days were reduced.
For these two wells, drilling days were reduced to six days vs. the target of 10-20 days for similar wells. Impact met the projects KPIs and the operator continues to optimize wells with FLC 2000.