Stuck Pipe Prevention

Steve Nas

This course provides drill crews, supervisors and service personnel practical techniques for eliminating or significantly reducing stuck pipe incidents as well as steps to minimize a stuck  pipe event and get free quickly. Where possible the course uses the organization’s data, and the course can be customized to specific situations encountered. Past stuck pipe incidents can be analyzed to determine, what was done correctly and where techniques could be improved.

Lack of communication and awareness among rig engineer and crews are key factors in stuck pipe incidents. Stuck Pipe Prevention training emphasizes good communication, “team thinking” and quick  action in the problem-solving process of preventing and freeing stuck pipe

The course starts with defining the term stuck pipe. It provides the participants with the three major mechanisms and the three minor mechanisms of stuck pipe. The participants are then presented with the issues related to hole stability, wellbore geometry, hole cleaning and wellbore pressure management to understand the major causes of stuck pipe. 

In day three we look at the wellsite management issues, the roles and responsibilities and how to recognize and interpret the signs of stuck pipe. First responses are presented together with the placement of the jars. The last day of the course addressed free point determination, fishing tools and challenges and the course is wrapped up with information on sidetracking of the well.


  • Welcome and Introductions
  • References
  • Definition of stuck pipe
  • Stuck pipe statistics
  • Major Stuck pipe mechanisms
    • Pathway Causes
    • Mechanical Causes
    • Geological Causes
  • Prevention and Monitoring
    • Stuck pipe warning signs
    • Solids and Hole cleaning
    • Torque and Drag
    • Wellbore stability
  • Stuck pipe steel mechanics

Day 1: Exercises/Case Studies


  • Drilling parameters
  • Tension and torque limitation
  • Recommended practices
  • Well Engineering analysis
  • Rig Sizing
  • Connection practices
  • Tripping and Back reaming
  • Differential Sticking
  • Jar Placement

Day 2: Exercises/Case Studies


  • Roles and Responsibilities
  • First Responses
  • Free point and Back-off 
  • Fishing Tools
  • Fishing Techniques and Economics
  • Cement Plugs and Sidetracking

Day 3: Exercises/Case Studies

The objectives for the course are;

  • Learn the preventative actions to avoid stuck pipe Incidents.
  • Know the first actions for freeing pipe
  • Learn the parameters which affects Hole Cleaning
  • Have a better understanding of Wellbore stability
  • Have a better understanding of how a drilling jars works
  • Review back-off operation and main Fishing tools
  • Review main considerations when setting a cementing plug
  • Exchange your experience with colleagues regarding Stuck Pipe
  • Minimize the occurrence/frequency and cost impact of Stuck Pipe Incidents

This course is intended for the disciplines listed below, as well as anyone with a specific interest in the topic:

  • Wellsite Drilling staff
  • Wellsite Service Provider staff such as directional drillers and MWD staff
  • Drilling Engineer and Completion Engineers
  • Drilling Contractor supervisory personnel
  • Other relevant technical and operational staff

Steve Nas

Well Engineering Consultant and Instructor

Experienced well engineer and well engineering instructor with an MSc in Drilling Engineering and over 40 years of drilling and well engineering experience. Skilled in many facets of advanced  well engineering such as Deepwater Managed Pressure Drilling, High Pressure – High Temperature, Geothermal, Well Integrity, Well Control and Well Abandonment operations. Experience working for operators, drilling contractors and service providers delivering a wide range of engineering solutions for complex wells. 

Developed and presented numerous training courses related to well design, managed pressure drilling, high pressure high temperature operations, casing design, advanced well control, well control emergency response planning and well abandonment.

Skilled in thermal and multiphase hydraulic modelling for geothermal and underbalanced drilling and blowout kill calculations. Experienced in engineering solutions for well abandonment, relief well planning and coiled tubing drilling.

Coauthored several SPE books and numerous SPE papers and Member of SPE, ICOTA, IADC, IWCF, Energy Institute.


  • Code PST0439-202401
  • Start Date 08 May, 2024
  • End Date 10 May, 2024
  • Locations Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • Cost USD 2850
  • Code PST0439-202402
  • Start Date 26 Aug, 2024
  • End Date 28 Aug, 2024
  • Locations Bandung, Indonesia
  • Cost USD 2850
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  • Code PST0439-202403
  • Start Date 18 Nov, 2024
  • End Date 20 Nov, 2024
  • Locations Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • Cost USD 2850
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Code Start Date End Date Locations Cost Instructor Register
PST0439-202401 08 May, 2024 10 May, 2024 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia USD 2850 Steve Nas
PST0439-202402 26 Aug, 2024 28 Aug, 2024 Bandung, Indonesia USD 2850 Steve Nas Register
PST0439-202403 18 Nov, 2024 20 Nov, 2024 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia USD 2850 Steve Nas Register
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