Directional/complex wells

New Rotary Shouldered Connection Expands Capability of ERD Operation

Eight of the world’s 10 longest wells have been drilled by ExxonMobil as operator of the Sakhalin-1 project in Russia.

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Fig. 1—Sakhalin-1 field overview.

Eight of the world’s 10 longest wells have been drilled by ExxonMobil as operator of the Sakhalin-1 project in Russia. Components and drilling tools involved in the well design are evaluated and redesigned throughout the program to maximize penetration rate and reduce flat time. Drillstring-torque capacity was recognized as a limiter for increasing penetration rate and for reaching total measured depth capability. The operator consequently sought an alternative drillpipe connection with higher torque capacity.

Introduction

The Sakhalin-1 project comprises the Chayvo, Odoptu, and Arkutun Dagi fields off the east coast of Sakhalin Island, Russian Federation (Fig.

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