Improving primary cementing is sometimes inevitable. Primary cementing, the process of securing the wellbore with cement to ensure the integrity of the well, can be challenging in certain conditions. Crossflow, tight borehole, risks of gas migration are all potential issues that can make the process difficult. To combat these issues, a high-pressure steel barrier can serve to seal the annulus while the cement sets. This barrier will prevent crossflow or channeling, support the cement to keep it in place, eliminate any gas migration, and help to centralize the casing. Additionally, a steel packer run on the casing can expand into the wet cement to further eliminate these potential problems and ensure cement and annulus integrity.
Openhole packers like the Saltel Xpandable steel external casing packer (ECP) and annular zonal isolation packer (AZIP) can improve primary cementing. They offer the ability to rotate and work the string during running-in hole, making them versatile. These packers have been field-proven for mechanical resistance before and after expansion, making them reliable options for cementing operations.
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In summary, improving primary cementing is a crucial step in the process of oil and gas drilling. It helps to ensure the integrity of the well and prevent any unwanted fluid or gas migration. However, it can be challenging to achieve optimal cementing in certain conditions, such as when dealing with high-pressure or highly deviated wells. One way to overcome these challenges is by using an expandable steel packer as an annular barrier. These tools can help to prevent crossflow, channeling, and gas migration, and ensure that the cement sets properly in the annulus.
These packers offer the ability to rotate and work the string during the running-in hole. This can help to improve the placement of the cement. Additionally, these packers have been field-proven for their mechanical resistance both before and after expansion. Making them reliable options for cementing operations.
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Overall, improving primary cementing can be challenging. However, using the right tools and techniques can help to ensure the proper placement of the cement. Additionally, it can help to ensure the annulus’s proper sealing against any unwanted fluid or gas migration.
By using high-pressure steel barriers, drilling operators can improve the chances of success in cementing operations. Expandable steel packers (ECP or AZIP) can also be used to make sure the well integrity is maintained.