YP Simplified Series. High Pressure Well Kill in Iraqi Kurdistan by Bob Menage

December 2018

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 YP Simplified Series Presents:

High Pressure Well Kill in Iraqi Kurdistan

Bob Menage, Drilling Fluids Consultant

Registration and networking from 6.00 pm, with the event starting at 6.45 pm



September 2013 to March 2014.

Location: Kurdistan Regional Governate, Iraq . Sulaymaniyah, Kifri / Kalar.

Required to build a non formation damaging completion fluid to 2.41 SG (20.1 ppg) in order to test and put into production a high volume, high pressure oil well.

Hasira 1. This well was drilled to depth and tested . Following perforation the well was unable to be controlled at 2.11 SG (19 ppg) and was killed using a cement plug. The cement plug was drilled out and the well displaced to a novel drilling fluid purpose built for this job. Due to the location in Iraq and the local environmental laws it was not possible to use a high density clear brine. The option was to build a heavy fluid from trucked in material.

Barite weighted Bentonite Mud was used for cleaning out the cement plugs. However , at 2.41 SG the Barite weighted mud tended to settle out and was difficult to control. This heavy Barite weighted Mud was displaced to a purpose built Formate based fluid. Weighted with Manganese Teteroxide (Mn3O4).

This is an industry first at this density. The well was re-perforated and controlled at 2.41 SG (20.1 ppg). The presentation shows the processes required.


bob-menage-photoBob started work as a Well Logging Engineer with Core Laboratories, Texas, in 1979 after leaving university with a geology degree . After a year working in the Libyan Oilfields he went to Forex-Schlumberger, Billiere, in Pau, south west France and completed an IADC training course working on drilling rigs in France from 1980-82 . He then went to Baroid Drilling Fluids, Houston, and followed Fluids Engineering (Mud Engineering) from 1982 to 2014 when he retired from working on rigs. He currently  volunteers as a STEM instructor (Science Technology Engineering and Maths) for the local primary schools.







Free to attend but booking is essential.

Any problems with booking please get in touch with Diane Wood aberdeen.manager@spe-uk.org