CORE TESTS HELP PREVENT FORMATION DAMAGE IN HORIZONTAL WELLS

Tim Beatty, Barry Hebner, Randy Hiscock PanCanadian Petroleum Ltd. Calgary D. Brant Bennion Hycal Energy Research Laboratories Ltd. Calgary Simulating drilling mud invasion in cores helped determine and eliminate the damaging effects of various mud systems prior to the drilling of a horizontal well in Canada. Formation damage during drilling has a propensity to cause severe productivity reductions in horizontal wells.

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