Drilling in Fracture Shales: Another Look at the Mud Weight Problem

Much of the drilling in unconventional resource plays occurs in unstable shales, which are usually fractured and can be easily destabilized. Successful drilling through them can be difficult at best, and many high-angled holes in these plays are often lost due to mechanical instability. This paper looks at the drilling problems of shale gas drilling from the theoretical perspective of Wellbore Pressure Management, (WPM) and keys in on the effects of Equivalent Circulating Density (ECD) while drilling and on the effects of Equivalent Static Density (ESD) when there is no circulation.

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Drilling fluids & Maintenance equipment

Functions of drilling fluid

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THE EFFECTS OF DRILLED SOLIDS AND COLLOIDAL BARITE ON DRILLING FLUIDS

Consideration must be given to the effects of the presence of drilled solids and barite on different types of drilling fluids: water-based and nonaqueous fluids (NAFs), unweighted and weighted.

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