Underbalanced Drilling: Limits and Extremes

1st Edition

Editors: Bill Rehm Arash Haghshenas Amir Saman Paknejad Abdullah Al-Yami Jim Hughes
Hardcover ISBN: 9781933762050
eBook ISBN: 9780127999807
Imprint: Gulf Publishing Company
Published Date: 1st May 2012
Page Count: 629
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The present crude oil and natural gas reservoirs around the world have depleted conventional production levels. To continue enhancing productivity for the remaining mature reservoirs, drilling decision-makers could no longer rely on traditional balanced or overbalanced methods of drilling. Derived from conventional air drilling, underbalanced drilling is increasingly necessary to meet today’s energy and drilling needs. While more costly and extreme, underbalanced drilling can minimize pressure within the formation, increase drilling rate of penetration, reduce formation damage and lost circulation, making mature reservoirs once again viable and more productive. To further explain this essential drilling procedure, Bill Rehm, an experienced legend in drilling along with his co-editors, has compiled a handbook perfect for the drilling supervisor.

Underbalanced Drilling: Limits and Extremes, written under the auspices of the IADC Technical Publications Committee, contain many great features and contributions including:

  • Real case studies shared by major service companies to give the reader guidelines on what might happen in actual operations
  • Questions and answers at the end of the chapters for upcoming engineers to test their knowledge
  • Common procedures, typical and special equipment involved, and most importantly, the limits and challenges that still surround this technology

Table of Contents

List of Figures List of Tables Foreword Preface 1 Piping Codes, Standards, and Specifications 1.1 Introduction 1.2 Definitions 1.3 Codes 1.3.1 American Society of Mechanical Engineers Boiler Pressure Vessel Codes 1.3.2 American Society of Mechanical Engineers B31, Codes for Pressure Piping 1.4 Standards and Specifications 1.4.1 American Society of Mechanical Engineers 1.4.2 American Petroleum Institute 1.4.3 American Society for Testing and Materials 1.4.4 American Society for Nondestructive Testing 1.4.5 American Society for Quality 1.4.6 American Welding Society 1.4.7 American Water Works Association 1.4.8 Copper Development Association 1.4.9 Compressed Gas Association 1.4.10 Canadian Standards Association 1.4.11 Expansion Joint Manufacturers Association 1.4.12 Manufacturers Standardization Society of the Valve and Fittings Industry 1.4.13 National Association of Corrosion Engineers 1.4.14 National Fire Protection Association 1.4.15 Pipe Fabrication Institute 1.4.16 Society of Automotive Engineers 2 Piping Components 2.1 Introduction to Piping Components 2.2 Pipe 2.2.1 Pipe Sizes 2.2.2 Pipe Ends 2.3 Pipe Fittings 2.3.1 Butt-Weld End Fittings 2.3.2 Socket-Weld and Threaded-End Fittings 2.3.3 Flanged Joints 2.4 Valves 2.4.1 Valve Codes and Standards 2.4.2 Classification of Operation Valves 2.4.3 Valve Classification 2.4.4 Valve Components 2.5 Bolts and Gaskets (Fasteners and Sealing Elements) 2.5.1 The Process of Joint Integrity 2.5.2 Flange Joint Components 2.5.3 The Flanged Joint System 3 Metallic Materials for Piping Components 3.1 Properties of Piping Materials 3


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About the Editor

Bill Rehm

Arash Haghshenas

Amir Saman Paknejad

Abdullah Al-Yami

Jim Hughes