HPHT 101 - What every engineer or geoscientist should know about high pressure high temperature wells

Arash Shadravan, Mahmood Amani

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Abstract

The high-profile blowout at Macondo well in the US Gulf of Mexico, brought the challenges and the risks of drilling into high-pressure, high-temperature (HPHT) fields increasingly into focus. Technology, HSE, new standards, such as new API procedures, and educating the crew seem to be vital in developing HPHT resources. High-pressure high-temperature fields broadly exist in Gulf of Mexico, North Sea, South East Asia, Africa, China and Middle East. Almost a quarter of HPHT operations worldwide is expected to happen in American continent and the majority of that solely in North America. Oil major companies have identified key challenges in HPHT development and production, and service providers have offered insights regarding current or planned technologies to meet these challenges. Drilling into some shale plays such as Haynesville or deep formations and producing oil and gas at HPHT condition, have been crucially challenging. Therefore, companies are compelled to meet or exceed a vast array of environmental, health and safety standards. This paper, as a simplified summary of the current status of HPHT global market, clarifies the existing technological gaps in the field of HPHT drilling, cementing and completion. It also contains the necessary knowledge that every engineer or geoscientist might need to know about High pressure high temperature wells. This study, not only reviews the reports from the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement (BOREDOM) and important case studies of HPHT operations around the globe but also complies the technical solutions to better maneuver in the HPHT market. Finally, the HPHT related priorities of National Energy Technology Laboratories (NETL), operated by the US Department of Energy (DOE), and DeepStar, as a strong mix of large and mid-size operators are investigated.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSociety of Petroleum Engineers - Kuwait International Petroleum Conference and Exhibition 2012, KIPCE 2012
Subtitle of host publicationPeople and Innovative Technologies to Unleash Challenging Hydrocarbon Resources
PublisherSociety of Petroleum Engineers
Pages917-943
Number of pages27
ISBN (Print)9781622769766
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2012
Externally publishedYes
EventKuwait International Petroleum Conference and Exhibition 2012: People and Innovative Technologies to Unleash Challenging Hydrocarbon Resources, KIPCE 2012 - Kuwait City, Kuwait
Duration: 10 Dec 201212 Dec 2012

Publication series

NameSociety of Petroleum Engineers - Kuwait International Petroleum Conference and Exhibition 2012, KIPCE 2012: People and Innovative Technologies to Unleash Challenging Hydrocarbon Resources
Volume2

Other

OtherKuwait International Petroleum Conference and Exhibition 2012: People and Innovative Technologies to Unleash Challenging Hydrocarbon Resources, KIPCE 2012
CountryKuwait
CityKuwait City
Period10/12/1212/12/12

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  • Geotechnical Engineering and Engineering Geology

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Shadravan, A., & Amani, M. (2012). HPHT 101 - What every engineer or geoscientist should know about high pressure high temperature wells. In Society of Petroleum Engineers - Kuwait International Petroleum Conference and Exhibition 2012, KIPCE 2012: People and Innovative Technologies to Unleash Challenging Hydrocarbon Resources (pp. 917-943). (Society of Petroleum Engineers - Kuwait International Petroleum Conference and Exhibition 2012, KIPCE 2012: People and Innovative Technologies to Unleash Challenging Hydrocarbon Resources; Vol. 2). Society of Petroleum Engineers.