The Application of Shallow Horizontal Wells in Sudan

Liu, Bingshan (Research Institute of Petroleum Exploration and Development) | Zhou, Shi (CNPC Chuanqing Drilling Engineering Company Limited) | Zhang, Shunyuan (Research Institute of International Technologies of CNPC Drilling Research Institute)

OnePetro 


The two main target formations of shallow horizontal wells in Sudan are Bentiu formation and Aradeiba formation. They are becoming more and more important with the exploration of oilfield, and they are all about or shallower than 1000m underground. The stratums are loose, so some measures are adopted to ensure the success of drilling operations: studying the stability of the borehole, optimizing the hole structure and casing program, establishing the drilling fluid system and its formulation.

We get the pore pressure, collapse pressure, and the fracture pressure by studying the formation pressure system using professional software upon the logging data. Study the relationship between the content of clay and the stability of borehole. It shows that the clay content has significant effect to borehole stability in Sudan. Then we analyze the collapse period of the upper stratums. The time window is about from 5 days to 7days. Based on the results and the study of the data of those wells drilled, the horizons of leakage and collapse are indicated. According this and the formation pressure, we optimize the hole structure and casing program. Finally, the KCl-polymer system is sifted as the drilling fluid. We determine the mud density according to the formation pressure first. Then the contents of KCl and the additives are indicated by experiments. According the experiments, the ideal percentage of KCl is form 6% to 8%, and the percentage of QS-2 in the drilling fluid using in field is from 3% to 4%. Now there are 5 shallow horizontal wells have been drilled in Sudan. The research achievements have been applied in the drilling operations. The average drilling cycle is about 17 days. Moreover, the hole diameter enlargement rate is decreased remarkably.