Stuck pipe is one of the common challenges in drilling operations. It happens when the drill string or drill pipe becomes immobilized and cannot be readily extracted from the wellbore due to several factors like differential pressure, wellbore geometry, formation conditions, or mechanical problems.

On the other hand, a fishing operation refers to a formal procedure conducted to recover equipment or tools that have been lost or become stuck in the wellbore during drilling operations. Both stuck pipe prevention and fishing operations aim to address challenges encountered during drilling operations in the oil and gas industry, ensuring the continuity of the drilling process.

What Is Stuck Pipe Prevention and Fishing Operations Training Course Objective?

The stuck pipe prevention and fishing operations training course covers a comprehensive explanation of the modules, providing detailed practical information supplemented with video clips showcasing real-life field cases. Additionally, attendees will engage in group discussions and daily quizzes to ensure active retention of the information. The objectives of the training course are listed below:

  1. Understand the importance of hole cleaning in avoiding stuck pipes and be able to describe hole cleaning practices for vertical, deviated, and horizontal wells.
  2. Explain essential principles of rock mechanics as it relates to stuck pipe
  3. Describe and explain various mechanisms of stuck pipe
  4. Identify the symptoms leading to the stuck pipe using a range of case studies
  5. Understand and describe how stuck pipes can be avoided through proper well design
  6. Learn how to predict and detect early signs of stuck pipe
  7. Learn the basic principles for a successful fishing operation of stuck pipe
  8. Learn how to design a step-by-step fishing program & procedures to recover a stuck pipe, along with the selection of fishing tool string.

What Is Stuck Pipe Prevention and Fishing Operations Training Course Outline?

The outline regarding PetroSync’ Stuck Pipe Prevention and Fishing Operations training course is as follows. For a more detailed and complete outline, you can refer to PetroSync’s Stuck Pipe Prevention and Fishing Operations course brochure.

Day 1

Pre-Course Test

Module 1: Drilling Operations, Well Design & Downhole Drilling Problems

  • Overview of drilling operations and completion equipment
  • Direction and multi-lateral hole
  • Extended reach drilling
  • Downhole drilling problems
  • Hole cleaning
  • Poor hole cleaning
  • Different transport mechanisms along the wellbore
  • Drilling Fluid Viscosity & Velocity
  • Cuttings Characteristics
  • Recognizing cuttings and carvings
  • Drilled cuttings and carvings
  • Monitoring cuttings volume over the shakers
  • Well design and operations
  • The stuck pipe can be avoided through sound planning and operations
  • Variables that influence the wellbore conditions that lead to stuck pipes at the planning stage and during operations
  • Pipe conditions
  • Case Study: New Hole Cleaning Criteria and Impact of fluid velocity and viscosity on hole cleaning

Day 2

Quizzes & recap

Module 2: Rock Mechanics & Stuck Pipe Mechanisms

  • Essentials of rock mechanics
  • Principles of rock mechanics
  • The implications of rock stress and well planning
  • Hole cleaning and well integrity
  • Introduction to Stuck Pipe
  • Solids Pack Off
  • Differential Pressure
  • Case History, Exercise, and group discussion
  • Wellbore Geometry
  • What is the pipe sticking problem?
  • Causes of pipe sticking
  • Types of pipe sticking
  • Differential sticking
  • Mechanical sticking
  • Stuck pipe mechanisms
  • Understanding mechanisms leading to stuck pipe
  • Differential Sticking & Fluid Spotting Technique
  • Mechanical Sticking
  • Shales
  • Case Study: General literature, Case stuck pipe well-A, Case stuck pipe well-B and
  • Conclusion & lessons learned

Day 3

Quizzes & recap

Module 3: Stuck Pipe Warning Signs & Prevention Measures

  • Definition of Reservoir
  • Reservoir Characteristics (Porosity, Permeability, Reservoir Pressure, Reservoir Temperature, Formation Damage, etc)
  • Factors Affecting Reservoir Flow
  • Super-Saturated Reservoir
  • Reservoir rock properties
  • Reservoir fluids properties
  • Factors affecting water flooding
  • Case Study: Stuck pipe in heavy mud (mechanism, handling, and fishing)

Day 4

Quizzes & recap

Module 4: Stuck Pipe Management & Free Point Determination

  • Connection Practices
  • ECD Management
  • Tripping Practices
  • Reaming and Back Reaming Procedures
  • Case History, Group Exercise, and Discussion
  • Jar Placement and Operation
  • String Separation Options: Cutting and Back-Off
  • Fishing Operations
  • Differential freeing
  • Case Study: 3 Case Studies by attendees

Day 5

Module 5: Stuck Pipe Fishing Operations

  • Hole Trends
  • Causes of Deviation Problems
  • Kick-Off Plugs
  • Fishing Operations
  • Fishing Tools Overview
  • Post-course Test

Who Should Attend Stuck Pipe Prevention and Fishing Operations Training Course?

PetroSync’s Stuck Pipe Prevention and Fishing operation training course is designed to be advantageous for but not limited to:

  • Drilling Engineers with 0-10 years of experience
  • Drilling supervisors with 0-10 years of experience
  • Completion Engineers with 0-10 years of experience
  • Production Engineers with 0-10 years of experience
  • Well Site Engineers with 0-10 years of experience
  • Rig Staff with 0-10 years of experience
  • Well Planners with 0-10 years of experience
  • Well Engineers with 0-10 years of experience

Joining PetroSync’s Stuck Pipe Prevention and Fishing Operation training course can equip engineers with invaluable knowledge and skills to effectively address the challenges posed by stuck pipe incidents and lost or stuck equipment from the wellbore. This gained proficiency saves not only significant costs associated with equipment damage and operational delays but also enhances overall operational efficiency.

By swiftly resolving stuck pipe incidents, engineers can contribute to reducing non-productive time, maximizing productivity, and driving financial success for drilling companies. Reserve your training seat and gain the ability to identify potential risks and implement strategies to minimize the occurrence of pipe immobilization and lost drilling equipment with PetroSync!

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