Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Pressure Analysis during Bull Heading Operations in a Deep-Water Environment Using a Fluid Modeling Simulator and Sensitivity Analysis
by Parria, Gavin, M.S., University of Louisiana at Lafayette, 2016, 74; 10243995
Abstract (Summary)

A bull heading operation is a static non-circulating well control method used to regain integrity of the wellbore. This method is used when there is no drill/tubing string in the wellbore to circulate the kick out of the wellbore. A bull-heading operation requires the use of hydraulic force to overcome the static shut-in pressures of the reservoirs and provide a differential pressure. This differential pressure is required to overcome wellbore and formation friction forces and drive the kill fluid, at a desired flow rate, down the wellbore.

In tight conventional reservoirs it is very difficult to accurately simulate the requirements needed to conduct a Bullhead operation. Is it critical to properly estimate the maximum anticipated surface pressure expected during any well control operation. If not done accurately, the equipment used during this operation can surpass its limitations, leading to compromising the integrity of the equipment. The key component to estimate is the differential pressure required to force the oil back into the reservoir at a required kill fluid velocity. A specific kill fluid velocity is required to hydraulically kill the well by preventing the reservoir fluids from u tubing with the heavier kill fluid. Bullhead simulations don’t focus on injection pressure modeling, which is believed the reason why the required differential pressure is being underestimated in deep-water applications. The goals of this project is to create a reservoir model, analyze the three-dimensional fluid flow that will occur during a bull heading operation, and conduct a sensitivity analysis on the parameters that affect the injection pressure. This will allow us to accurately estimate the injection pressure required to force the oil back into the reservoir and also determine what impact certain reservoir properties have on injection pressure.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Boukadi, Fathi
Commitee: Mokhtari, Mehdi, Seibi, Abdennour
School: University of Louisiana at Lafayette
Department: Petroleum Engineering
School Location: United States -- Louisiana
Source: MAI 56/05M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Engineering, Petroleum engineering
Keywords: Bull Heading, Deep-water, Well control
Publication Number: 10243995
ISBN: 9780355112931
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