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Rock Mechanics Study for Successful Drilling of ERD Wells in Western Offshore, India

R. Kumar1



For safe and economic drilling operations, especially in high angle wells located offshore, rock mechanics study play critical in decision-making for risk free drilling as the stable mud weight window tend to be narrow. Major drilling problems include kick, stuck pipe, tight spot, hole packoff, unscheduled sidetrack, loss of tools etc. which unnecessarily increase non-productive time, inflate the costs of drilling and impact the quality of critical formation evaluation data.


AAPG Search and Discovery Article #90188 ©GEO-2014, 11th Middle East Geosciences Conference and Exhibition, 10-12 March 2014, Manama, Bahrain