Air and Gas Drilling Manual

Air and Gas Drilling Manual

Applications for Oil, Gas, Geothermal Fluid Recovery Wells, Specialized Construction Boreholes, and the History and Advent of the Directional DTH

4th Edition - September 18, 2020

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  • Authors: William Lyons, James Stanley, Francisco Sinisterra, Tom Weller
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128157923
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128157930

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Air and Gas Drilling Manual, Fourth Edition: Applications for Oil, Gas and Geothermal Fluid Recovery Wells, and Specialized Construction Boreholes, and the History and Advent of the Directional DTH delivers the fundamentals and current methods needed for engineers and managers engaged in drilling operations. Packed with updates, this reference discusses the engineering modelling and planning aspects of underbalanced drilling, the impacts of technological advances in high angle and horizontal drilling, and the importance of new production from shale. in addition, an in-depth discussion is included on well control model planning considerations for completions, along with detailed calculation examples using Mathcad. This book will update the petroleum and drilling engineer with a much-needed reference to stay on top of drilling methods and new applications in today’s operations.

Key Features

  • Provides key drilling concepts and applications, including unconventional activity and directional well by gas drilling
  • Updated with new information and data on managed pressure drilling, foam drilling, and aerated fluid drilling
  • Includes practical appendices with Mathcad equation solutions


Drilling engineers, petroleum engineers, completion engineers, graduate level petroleum engineering students

Table of Contents

  • 1. Introduction, Calculation Programing and Unit Systems
    2. Air and Gas versus Mud
    3. Surface Equipment
    4. Downhole Equipment
    5. Compressors and Nitrogen Generators
    6. Direct Circulation Models
    7. Reverse Circulation Models
    8. Air, Gas and Unstable Foam Drilling
    9. Aerated Fluids Drilling
    10. Stable Foam Drilling
    11. Mathcad Field Example Comparisons

    A. USCS and SI Unit Definitions and Conversions
    B. Average Annual Atmospheric Conditions
    C. Minimum Air Drilling Volumetric Flow Rates
    D. 11.1 Mathcad Directional DTH in Appalachian Region
    E. 11.2 Mathcad RC DHH Secant Borehole
    F. 11.3 Mathcad Underbalance Shallow Three Well Solution
    G. "Rules of Thumb" for Air and Gas Drilling

Product details

  • No. of pages: 560
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Gulf Professional Publishing 2020
  • Published: September 18, 2020
  • Imprint: Gulf Professional Publishing
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128157923
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128157930

About the Authors

William Lyons

William C. Lyons, Ph.D., P.E. (retired), holds nine patents in industrial drilling and has been responsible for the development of several important innovations in drilling and production technology. He is the lead Editor of the Standard Handbook of Petroleum and Gas Engineering, 3rd edition, publishing with Elsevier and co-author of several other professional books in drilling and production engineering for the petroleum industry. Dr. Lyons was a Professor in Petroleum Engineering and in Mechanical Engineering at the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology for 30 years. He also served two one-year tours as a Distinguished Visiting Professor in Mechanical Engineering at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs during his academic career. Since retiring from teaching, Dr. Lyons is currently a Technical Learning Advisor with Chevron's Clear Leader Center in Houston, TX.

Affiliations and Expertise

Chevron's Clear Leader Center, Houston, TX, USA

James Stanley

James Stanley is currently a Drilling Engineer, Instructor, and Training Advisor with Chevron. He has more than 35 years' worth of experience in both operating and service sectors and is recognized as a subject matter expert in well barrier design and well control requirements. He previously worked for Schlumberger, Weatherford, Crimson Energy Company LC, and Champlin Petroleum. He earned a BS in petroleum engineering from the University of Oklahoma and is active in SPE, AADE, and IADC, and issued three US patents.

Affiliations and Expertise

Drilling Engineer, Chevron, Houston, TX, USA

Francisco Sinisterra

Francisco Sinisterra is currently the Operations Regional Manager at QES Energy Services in charge of QES's most productive directional district, providing technical support and advising customers during directional drilling operations. He previously worked for Schlumberger, Petrobras, New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, Ingeniar SA, and Speery Sun Drilling Services, based in Colombia. He earned a BS in petroleum engineering from Universidad Nacional de Colombia, and Master's of Science in petroleum engineering from New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology.

Affiliations and Expertise

Operations Regional Manager, QES Energy Services, Midland, TX, USA

Tom Weller

Independent consultant

Affiliations and Expertise

Independent Consultant, Texas, USA

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