JPT Thailand Joint-Development Project Delivers MWD/LWD Benefits

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When the joint development of extreme-high-temperature tools began in May 2014, the goal of the collaboration was to eliminate wireline in wells with temperatures over 175°C. Historically, the need for wireline was driven by the requirement to identify hydrocarbons, measure reservoir properties, and book reserves in high-temperature wells; this was accomplished by using a wireline string consisting of gamma ray (GR), resistivity, formation-density, and neutron-porosity sensors. Because of the 175°C temperature limits of the available LWD technology at that time, there was no viable option to log these wells while drilling. This resulted in valuable rig time spent on additional trips to change out bottomhole assemblies (BHAs), mitigate temperatures, and run wireline to gather this data. This also increased the exposure to nonproductive-time (NPT) events, stuck wireline tools, or loss of data if these tools did not reach bottom. Thus, the requirement arose to log these wells while drilling to reduce days per well and improve data collection. To this end, the joint development of extreme-temperature LWD tools was initiated and staged in two phases.