Reservoir Drilling Fluids - Houston
This will be an in-depth class covering all aspects of intelligent Reservoir Drilling Fluid (RDF) design, and field implementation. We will start with factors that can impact formation damage potential, and industry best practices to mitigate them. The class will consist of both lecture and class room exercises to engage the student in the learning process. Key areas of instruction will include:
- Formation Damage: how RDF components can affect the state of the reservoir.
- Bridging Pore Throats: the key to minimizing RDF invasion into the near well bore.
- Computer modeling of bridging.
- Shale Stabilization: shale can be affected in varying degrees by RDF base fluid. This module will discuss the testing to validate a formulation for this criteria.
- Laboratory Testing of RDF formulations: a rigorous process that fine tunes a formulation for field implementation, or testing against reservoir rock.
- Completion fluids; types, properties, additives, formulations, blending, incompatibilities, corrosion properties, critical aspects of testing as dictated by API RP 13-J. Overall brines coverage constitutes about 40% of class time.
- Water-Based RDF's: with chemical amendments these can be very inhibitive.
- Oil-Based RDF's: may be required for shale stability. Modifications may be needed to emulsifier concentrations for the RDF application.
- Breakers: usually advisable to help restore communication with the reservoir. There are many types to consider here.
- Well Bore Cleanups: an overview of cleaning up the well bore for installation of an RDF, and changing over to completion fluid will be presented.
- Computer modeling of well cleaning.
At the conclusion of this class the student will have a working knowledge of the key elements RDF design can impact reservoir productivity. He or she will be ready to participate fully as a knowledgeable team member on any project involving the use of RDF's.
Registrations are final within 90 days of class commencement. A registration can be transferred to another class (may be subject to an additional fee depending on location), or another delegate from the same organization, within 1-year of the original class date.
It is the student's responsibilty to ensure that all necessary entry visas are obtained to attend class.