The project goal is to combine existing technologies for measurement-while-drilling (MWD) and logging-while-drilling (LWD) into an integrated measurement system to facilitate low-cost drilling of small (3½-inch diameter), shallow (less than 5,000 foot depth) boreholes using coiled tubing drilling (CTD) technology. The project will deliver two prototypes ready for field testing.
Ultima Labs, Sugar Land, TX
As the technology required to drill microhole wells develops, tools to conduct downhole measurements in these smaller holes will be needed as well. This project is developing an integrated tool to improve drilling efficiency and reduce cost. In addition, the increased information about the formations encountered and the downhole environment will allow more accurate reserves estimates and development planning.
The project combines existing, proven technologies for MWD and LWD into an integrated, cost-effective downhole measurement system. Drillers will use the MWD measurements to optimize drilling performance. Geologists will use the LWD measurements to optimize wellbore placement and completion and to maximize production rates and more accurately estimate resources in place. The equipment developed by this project will be offered for sale to multiple service providers around the world, enabling the more rapid expansion of both coiled tubing drilling and conventional small diameter drilling.
Widespread adoption of microhole technology will enable low-risk infill development that could potentially tap billions of barrels of bypassed hydrocarbons at shallow depths in mature fields. Exploration efforts in search of new reserves will benefit from the anticipated cost and environmental benefits. DOE estimates remaining U.S. shallow resources at 218 billion barrels. Recovery of just 10 percent of the targeted resource would yield a volume equivalent to 10 years of OPEC imports at current rates.
Mature producing areas worldwide also will benefit from the technology. Development of technology that expands global sources of hydrocarbons ensures a diversity of supplies and maintains the United States as the leading global supplier of oilfield technology.
All work under this effort has been completed accomplishments of the activity include:
All work under this effort is complete and the project final report is available within the additional information section below. It should be noted that while field testing of the prototype systems was not included as a part of this project , it was accomplished anyway and is reported as a part of this project’s final report (available from the Additional Information Section below) .