Fluid design impacts drilling and production operations

Syed Ali Chevron U.S.A. Production Co. New Orleans Louise Bailey, Hemant Ladva Schlumberger Cambridge Research Cambridge, U.K. Lindsay Fraser Dowell Drilling Fluids Houston Whether back producing or stimulating the filter cake in an open-hole completion, the nature and location of the filter cake can profoundly impact drilling and production operations. The filter cake must quickly and effectively shut-off mud invasion into the reservoir, provide an unimpeded pathway for hydrocarbon flow into the well, and facilitate flow back through the completion assembly. Selection of the filter cake-removal method, either through physical or ch...

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