Stuck Pipe Prevention and Fishing Operations

Magdi El Naggar

Stuck Pipe Prevention and Fishing Operations

Pipe sticking is one of the most critical problems in drilling operations.

This course is designed to introduce a comprehensive overview of stuck pipe problems, problem prevention as well as pipe fishing operations when the problem happens. Stuck pipe prevention is a cost-effective approach for enhancing operations performance and minimizing the nonproductive time of rigs. Early detection of the problem, which will be one of the major topics of this course will always contribute drastically to eliminating the problem before starting. 

Stuck pipe is currently one of the most frequent causes of non-productive time and should not be considered as an inevitable drilling hazard. This short course develops an understanding of how stuck pipe prevention can be managed through improved well design and construction processes.

The training will include a full explanation of the modules with detailed practical information along with video clips for actual field cases. It also includes group discussions and daily quizzes to keep the information live. Moreover, Pre & Post course tests will be conducted to measure the trend of the learning process.

DAY 1 - Module 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 cavings
    • Drilled cuttings and cavings
    • 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
    • Impact of fluid velocity and viscosity on hole cleaning

DAY 2 - Module 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
    • Conclusion & lessons learned

DAY 3 - Module 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 - Module 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 Participants

DAY 5 - Module 5

Module 5: Stuck Pipe Fishing Operations
  • Hole Trends
  • Causes of Deviation Problems
  • Kick-Off Plugs
  • Fishing Operations
  • Fishing Tools Overview
  • Post-course Test

What is Stuck Pipe Prevention and Fishing Operations training course objective?

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


Who should join Stuck Pipe Prevention and Fishing Operations training course by PetroSync?

  • 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


Magdi El Naggar

Managing Director

Magdi El Naggar is officially Certified as Professional Petroleum Engineering Consultants (License 116/7). He has 46 years of professional experience n various phases of Petroleum Engineering including Petroleum/Reservoir/Production/Drilling & Workover Engineering as well as field operations with several multi-national international companies including ARAMCO (Saudi Arabia) and ADNOC (UAE). He has extensive professional experiences in all phases of well intervention operations including coiled tubing, especially during well emergency cases, well control and extended reach operations.

He specialized in well intervention operations, especially, during emergency cases and well blowouts. He also has extensive experiences in full field development studies, Production Enhancement for oil fields as well as various types of wells, CO2 Injection and EOR operations, IWCF & IADC certification.

  • Code PST0426-202301
  • Start Date 02 Jan, 2023
  • End Date 06 Jan, 2023
  • Locations Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • Cost USD 2995
Code Start Date End Date Locations Cost Instructor Register
PST0426-202301 02 Jan, 2023 06 Jan, 2023 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia USD 2995 Magdi El Naggar