Case History

Drilling Fluid Designed with FLC 2000®, FLC® EXTREME and ROCKBLOCK® Enables Operator to Save Eight Drilling Days in Pakistan

Pakistan
Challenge

Impact Fluid Solutions and Scomi Oiltools worked to provide a successful and cost-effective solution to mitigate severe and total lost circulation events while drilling the Ranikot and PAB formations in Pakistan.

Conventional lost circulation materials were unsuccessful in offset wells and costly cement plugs were used to stop lost circulation in both the Ranikot and PAB formations. Non-productive time (NPT) managing lost circulation increased total well costs.

Solution

In the 16-in. hole section, while drilling through the Ranikot sandstone formation with a sodium-silicate drilling fluid, a combination of ROCKBLOCK® 5, FLC® EXTREME and LCP 2000® were used to provide a quick seal for natural and induced fractures. A total concentration of a 50 lb/bbl pill spotted across the loss zone for 30 minutes was sufficient. 

In the 12 ¼-in. interval, FLC 2000 was introduced into the drilling fluid system to create a shield across the PAB formation. The PAB formation has 3-4 weak formation layers which often lead to severe or total lost circulation. When conventional LCM plugs are not effective in controlling lost circulation, it is not uncommon to use multiple cement plugs to regain fluid circulation. At 1382m (4,534-ft.), total losses were observed, and it was estimated the actual losses occurred at the 13 3/8-in. casing shoe. Cement plugs were pumped to secure the casing shoe. After properly cementing the casing shoe, the section was further drilled with FLC 2000 to TD and no drilling fluid losses were reported. 

In an effort to maintain an effective concentration of FLC 2000, 50-mesh shaker screens were used. This modification adequately kept the additive in the active system. 

Results

With the adoption of Wellbore Shielding technology and the addition of effective lost circulation additives, the well was completed eight days faster compared to the offset well. The drilling days were saved by using Impact’s lost circulation additives in the 16-in. interval and FLC 2000 technology in the 12 ¼-in. section. 

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