Case History

Use of FLC 2000® Helps to Reduce Drilling Days in Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia
Challenge

An operator in Saudi Arabia optimized their drilling program for two wells while using a conventional water-based mud (WBM). Offset well data revealed several potential drilling challenges, including: differential sticking, mud loss, H2S, high bottom-hole temperatures and pressures over 2,000 psi.

Solution

FLC 2000 was maintained in the KCl/polymer mud system through the troublesome formations. The intervals drilled in the 8 3/8-in. and 12-in. were over 1,600-ft. in length, with bottom-hole temperatures over 260°F. No mud losses or stuck pipe occurred, and drilling days were reduced compared to offset wells.

Results

For these two particular wells, drilling days were reduced to six versus the targeted 10-20 days for similar wells. Optimizing drilling days by at least 40%. Impact Fluid Solutions met the projects KPI’s and the operator continues to use FLC 2000 for enhanced wellbore stability.