To meet the requirement that lower cost drilling technology and new practical drilling technology should be adopted to exploit difficult-to-production reserves, this book thoroughly introduces the cable drilling technology, the slim hole drilling technology, the horizontal drilling technology, the multilateral drilling technology, the old wells reentrance drilling technology, the casing drilling technology, the coiled tubing drilling technology, etc., as well as demonstrating the lower cost drilling fluid technology, the expandable tubular technology, and the technology of turning drilling fluid into cement slurry, etc.

Equipment and procedures involved with drilling oil and gas wells are described for those who are interested in understanding the drilling process regardless of the academic background. The overall drilling process is presented along with definitions and descriptions of drilling equipment. The various components are discussed in greater detail with explanations of the basic science concepts which guide these processes. Subjects include descriptions of drill bits, directional drilling, drilling fluids, solids control, cementing, casing, well bore stability, well control, measurement-while-drilling techniques, stuck pipe, lost circulation, and well bore hydraulics.

Key Features

Equipment and procedures involved in conventional and nonconvential drilling operations are clearly explained

Easy to understand guide to new drilling technology such as cable drilling, slim hole drilling technology, and the horizontal drilling technology

Clearly delineates key drilling strategies for Enhanced Oil Recovery operations such as

Drilling terminology and abbreviations are presented and clearly explained

The various components are discussed with an explanation of the basic scientific concepts behind each concept

One stop guide to both conventional and non-conventional drilling methods

A Time saving tool for recognizing, avoiding or mitigating common drilling problems

Drilling terminology and abbreviations are presented and clearly explained


Drilling Engineer, Completion Engineer, Drilling Manager, Production Engineer, Operations Manager, Project Production Engineer

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Cable drilling technology

Section 1 Overview

Section 2 Cable drilling equipment and drilling tool

1. Cable drilling rig

2. Drilling line, drilling tool and auxiliary tools

Section 3 Cable drilling process

1. Pre-spud operation

2. Cable drilling procedure

3. Efficiency factor and controlling method for cable drilling

4. Cable drilling soil horizon

5. Water zone plugging process during cable drilling

6. Well logging and coring technique for cable drilling

7. Prevention and disposal for flat and oblique hole accident during cable drilling

8. Cable drilling bit truing technology

9. Simple and practical cementing technology for cable drilling

10. Disposal for cable drilling accidents

Section 4 Examples of cable drilling

Chapter 2 Slim hole drilling technology

Section 1 Overview

1. Definition of slim hole

2. Economic benefit of slim hole drilling technology

Section 2 Slim hole drilling equipment and tools

1. Slim hole drilling rig

2. Slim hole drilling bit, drilling pipe and drilling tools

Section 3 Slim hole coring technology

Section 4 Drilling fluid for slim hole drilling

1. Drilling fluid for slim hole continuous coring

2. Drilling fluid for deep slim hole drilling

Section 5 Examples of slim hole drilling

1. Example of drilling 104.7mm hole by conventional slim hole drilling technology

2. Example of slim hole continuous coring drilling

3. Example of slim hole horizontal drilling

4. Example of 114.3mm HP slim hole drilling

5. Example of HWHP slim hole drilling in North Sea

6. Example of slim hole drilling by EUROSLIM integrated system

Chapter III Horizontal drilling technology

Section 1 Overview

1. Classification and features of horizontal well



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