Real-time geo-pressure analysis reduces drilling costs

William P. Kenda Santa Fe Energy Resources Houston Steve Hobart Knowledge Systems Inc. Stafford, Tex. Eamonn F. Doyle Knowledge Systems Inc. Bergen, Norway Equations [296,172 bytes] The improved understanding of subsurface pressures achieved through real-time geo-pressure analysis enabled Santa Fe Energy Resources to save over $ 1.8 million in direct drilling costs. Three practical case histories are examined in respect to the integration of measurement-while-drilling (MWD), seismic, and offset well data. For the first case study, located in South Timbalier Block 179, real-time geo-pressure analysis monitored and verified the predril...

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