LPAC Saves $1 million in UBD Application, Texas | Schlumberger Products
Case Study
Location
United States, North America, Onshore
Details

Challenge: A major operator needed a  solution that would allow  annular back pressure to be held while flow drilling.

Solution: M-I SWACO recommended the operator use its LOW PRESSURE AUTOCHOKE CONSOLE (LPAC).

Results: During the drilling phase, the LPAC system held 350 psi back pressure on the casing allowing the operator to strip to the bottom under pressure.

LPAC Saves $1 million in UBD Application, Texas

Reduced drill time by 10 days, thus reducing costs an estimated USD 1 million

Local HPU
Local HPU

The situation

A major operator needed a  solution that would allow  annular back pressure to be held while flow drilling. The well plan  was to drill a series of laterals underbalanced, all the while holding near-constant bottomhole pressure during connections.

The solution

M-I SWACO recommended the operator use its LOW PRESSURE AUTOCHOKE CONSOLE (LPAC). The LPAC system is a simplified and technologically advanced method for controlling low surface back pressures. The LPAC was designed specifically to be more efficient, effective and a reliable solution for MPD/UBD drilling applications.

Remote HMI
Remote HMI

The results

During the drilling phase, the LPAC system held 350 psi back pressure on the casing allowing the operator to strip to the bottom under pressure. With the ability to hold constant wellbore pressure while drilling, the rig was able to reduce the entire  drill time by 10 days, thus reducing costs an estimated $1 million. . When the LPAC dialed in on the correct casing pressure, the rate of penetration increased by 15-30 ft/hr (5-9 m/hr).

“The entire M-I SWACO system has been excellent. We had heard nothing but good things about your equipment.”

Drilling Engineer, Major Operator

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