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Drilling Without WOB, Dream or Reality ?, An Effective Field Test by Total Angola

Christophe Simon
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Hedi Sellami
D. Goyallon
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Poloce J.P
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Alfazazi Dourfaye
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Recent developments in PDC bit modelling and single cutter analysis have enabled to design a new generation of cutting structures - based on the optimization of a specific interactive cutting mode - that generates, by the mere drilling action of the cutters, an axial force oriented in the drilling direction : a negative weight on bit. This paper presents the application of this new PDC bit design and shows that WOB can be significantly reduced in a wide range of formations. A monobloc 8"1/2 PDC bit was designed, tested in laboratory, and self penetration was clearly achieved in field conditions. A full PDC bit design methodology using a new PDC cutters geometry optimized for a maximum thrust effect, along with specific manufacturing procedures for high-level precision in cutter positioning, were developed for this specific new bit generation. Laboratory tests showed that it was possible to drill without WOB at a high rate of penetration and with a small increase in specific energy. Preliminary field tests in cement demonstrated that self penetration - drilling with the neutral point just above the bit - was possible with specific surface control, and a first operational application was conducted by Total E&P Angola. This new bit technology has the potential to increase bit performance, specifically in operating conditions where power is available but WOB is limited due to friction, buckling or reduced vertical depth. The ability to drill with reduced WOB - or even without any WOB - should extend the potential of existing drilling technologies such as Extended Reach Drilling, Coiled Tubing or Steerable Motor in sliding mode and reduce axial vibration, thus increasing the MTBF of downhole tools.
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hal-00749074 , version 1 (06-11-2012)



Christophe Simon, Hedi Sellami, D. Goyallon, Poloce J.P, Alfazazi Dourfaye. Drilling Without WOB, Dream or Reality ?, An Effective Field Test by Total Angola. SPE/IADC Drilling Conference, 20-22 February 2007, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, Feb 2007, Amesterdam, Netherlands. pp.11, ⟨10.2118/105522-MS⟩. ⟨hal-00749074⟩
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