Gulf of Mexico Deep Water Displacement Case History 101

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Case History Discussion:

The objective was to displace the wellbore in a direct displacement. Removing the 11.3 lb/gal synthetic base mud from wellbore and riser in one circulation and replacing with filtered 11.2 lb/gal NaBr completion fluid.

Rig-Chem designed a displacement package utilizing specialized surfactants and viscosifiers to clean and water wet all surfaces. The products used for wellbore displacement meet all EPA regulations for passing the oil and grease test. This eliminated the expensive task of capturing and disposing of products. The surfactant package designed, works under high turbulence eliminating needed contact time, while reducing expensive rig time.

By utilizing Rig-Chem displacement model software operations were prepared for actual rates and pressures that would be experienced during displacement operations.

Wellbore Information

Rig Semi-SubmersibleDirect Displacement
Water Depth 4356 ft
PBTD 26643 ft
Riser 19 ¾ in
Casing 1 10 ¾ in
Casing 2 9 7/8 in
Workstring 5 7/8 in
SBM Mud 11.3 lb/gal
NaBr 11.2 lb/gal
Volume 3,026 bbls

Results

  • Job was pumped as designed
  • Minimum interface of < 75 bbls
  • Rotation & reciprocation of workstring
  • Immediately after spacers completion fluid was
  • was maintained through displacement
  • less than 100 NTU’s and proper density
  • Spacers returned on time and easily recognizable
  • Preformed short trip and jetted stack, returned to BPTD, circulated to less than 30 NTU’s in < 1 hour
  • Workstring and clean out tool were clean and water wet(Picture on right)

Brushes & Scrapers from Clean Out:

Displacement Tool Company Quote
“I have never seen the brushes and scrapers this clean in a well of this magnitude.”