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Overview of 6507/4-3 S (Peder), exploration well by Conoco Phillips

6507/4-3 S Peder is an offshore exploratory well to be drilled by Conoco Phillips under Production Lease (PL) 1064 in the Norwegian sea. Four companies are license partners of this production lease with ConocoPhillips having 40% share and operatorship. Other partners are PGNiG, Aker BP and Equinor with 30%, 20% and 10% share respectively.

The well will be drilled using semi-submersible drilling rig by Transocean Norway (TNG). The timeline planned for the well include 53 drilling days and 34 coring and completion days in case of discovery. This makes total days to be 87.

The surface location of the well is 65 ° 33´ 3.7559” N and 07 ° 03´ 28.6789” E having water depth of 436 meters in Norwegian Sea. It is partially inclined well with 15 degrees inclination to preserve the marine habitat at surface location. The purpose of this well is to investigate the Peder reservoir for hydrocarbons at the 3745 meters vertical depth (TVD) which is primarily a gas / condensate prospect.

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Formations to be Drilled!

Expected formations during drilling are listed according to their TVDs from Rotary Kelly Bushing (RKB). Lysing and Top Peder K56 are possible hydrocarbon-bearing formations.

Formations to be drilled

Planned Well Sections

6507/4-3 S Peder is planned to be drilled in conventional five-hole sections. In the 12-1/4" section, an unconventional 10" casing is planned with sour service grade. This depicts that engineers are prepared to handle high-pressure sour gas through this casing.

An overview of hole sections is described below with the summarized overview at the end.

36” x 42” Section

36” x 42” section is planned to drill from the seabed at 468 meters up to the measured depth of 535 m from RKB using 1.03 sg sea water as mud. 36” x 30” Conductor casing will be cemented with casing shoe at 530 meters, after successful drilling of the section.

26” Section

In the 26” section, initially, a 9-7/8” pilot hole will be drilled as a precautionary measure against shallow gas kick or water kick. 9-7/8” pilot hole will be drilled up to complete depth of section i.e. 1,386 m (top of Kai formation) using seawater of 1.03 sg as mud. All the cuttings generated from the section will be deposited on the seabed.

17-1/2” Section

17-1/2” section will be drilled from 1,391 meters up to 2,513 m MD through Kai, Brygge and Springar formations, using 1.55 sg oil base mud. The well will kick off in Springer formation from 2,133 m MD up to a maximum inclination of 15 degrees. At 2,513 m MD, 13-3/8” casing will be run with the shoe at 2,508 m MD. Top of the cement on the 13-3/8" casing is planned 600 m MD above the shoe and will be part of the cross-sectional P&A barrier plug against the Lysing formation.

12-1/4” Section

12-1/4” section will be drilled to the top of Peder K56 reservoir using 1.7 sg oil base mud. During this section, Springer, Lysing, and Base Lysing/Top Lange formations will be drilled. In the last formation, the well inclination will drop from 15 to 0 degrees. 10” casing will be set to seal the wellbore with the shoe at 3,641 m MD.

8-1/2” Section

8-1/2” section will be drilled in the Peder K56 reservoir section using 1.77 sg oil base mud. In case of commercial success, a 7” Liner will be run and set in this section with the top of the liner inside a 10” casing having 100 meters of overlap with it.

Well Sections

Overview of Well Path

The well will be kicked off at 2133 m in Springar formation. The maximum inclination will be 15 degrees and horizontal displacement will be almost 330 meters from the origin. Here publicly available data and the “Pro Well Plan” was used to back-calculate the well path which is very close to the original planned well path.

Well Path

Operational Analysis for 12 1/4" hole

For drilling 12 - 1/4" section, parameters were set and the resultant operations were analyzed. Details of the Drill pipe and BHA were included for the calculations.

Drilling Parameters4

Based on these parameters, calculations were performed for the drilling of the 12 - 1/4" section with one click. Pressures inside and outside of drill string, torque values across the drilling depth, axial tensions for drill pipe, hook load and tensile limit graphs were generated for technical analysis as shown in the figure below. A risk list was also created using technical calculations along with possible suggestions, for a more efficient and safer drilling operation.


Such analysis can also be performed for other well sections and operations, like RIH, POOH, cementing and casing.

Time vs Depth Graph

Expected dry hole drilling days are 53. On the basis of positive logging/DSTs results, further testing days are planned to be 87. The possible distribution of days for each section based on standard operations time is visualized in the following graph.

Time Depth

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