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