IADC/SPE Managed Pressure Drilling & Underbalanced Operations Conference & Exhibition

Start: 28 March 2017
End: 29 March 2017

Venue: Windsor Barra Hotel
Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil


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The International Association of Drilling Contractors (IADC) and Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) are pleased to announce the 2017 IADC/SPE Managed Pressure Drilling & Underbalanced Operations Conference & Exhibition. The conference will convene in Rio de Janeiro on 28-29 March at the Windsor Barra Hotel.

Technologies designed to control annular pressure during drilling, inclusive of Underbalanced Drilling, Managed Pressure Drilling and Dual Gradient Drilling are being used in many forms around the world. UBD continues to maximize reservoir performance, while MPD techniques spanning onshore performance drilling and offshore deep and shallow water prospects serve to enhance drilling safety and minimize NPT. Once considered a futuristic technology, DGD is now a reality with numerous wells drilled, and many exciting prospects on the horizon.

New applications of these drilling practices take place every year, and their frequency continues to grow. This conference is a world recognized forum to help the energy industry better understand the technology and the effective, safe utilization of the various applications of UBD, MPD and DGD.

NOTE: The IADC UBO & MPD Committee Meeting will be held following the conference on 30-31 March at the Windsor Barra Hotel in Rio de Janeiro.  There is no fee to attend the committee meeting, but separate registration is required.  Click here for more information.

Conference Program

Tuesday, 28 March

07:15  Registration, Coffee Service, Poster Session & Exhibit Viewing  Alhambra & Foyer

07:30  Speaker Briefing  Segovia I/II/III  (Speakers, session chairs & moderators only)

08:15  Welcome & Introduction  Segovia I/II/III

  • Jason McFarland, President, IADC
  • Oscar Gabaldon, IADC UBO/MPD Committee Chair; Operations Manager, Blade Energy Partners

08:30  Keynote Address: Augusto Borella Hougaz, Manager of Well & Drilling Units Competences, Petrobras

09:00  Well Control  Session Chair: Borre Fossli, New Technology Manager, Enhanced Drilling

Lessons Learned from MPD Operations with Underbalanced Drilling Fluid on Two Challenging HTHP Exploration Wells: Ragnar Marcelius Fredriksen, Drilling Engineer, Statoil, Johnny Bjerkaas, MI Swaco  (SPE 185282)
An overview over how two challenging HPHT wells were planned utilizing MPD, and the effect the MPD technology had on the approach for drilling these wells. It will cover the experiences from the planning phase, including, engineering, training, equipment setup, etc. How the offshore training and testing of MPD equipment was set up. Operational experiences including how the MPD system was used to verify pore pressure and formation integrity, experiences drilling through marginal drilling windows and how a serious well control incident could occur, how it was handled and mitigating actions implemented before commencement of drilling.

Gas in Riser – The Elephant in the Room: Dag Vavik, CEO, Bjarte K. Røed, Chairman of the Board, Future Well Control AS, Lucas C. Sevillano, Sigbjørn Sangesland, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (SPE 185291)
Inadvertent large amount of gas above the subsea BOP and into the drilling riser is rare, but the problem still needs to be discussed.  The industry and regulatory authority should agree on a common set of rules and methods to handle this riser gas in a safe and environmentally friendly way. In deep water the gas in the riser may appear in three different phases; dense phase, solids (hydrates) and gas phase. The paper will focus on how the different phases and the transition between them may affect our ability to handle the gas safely.

10:00  Coffee Service, Poster Session & Exhibit Viewing

10:30  Dual Gradient Drilling  Session Chair: Frédéric Jacquemin, Director Sales Europe & Africa, Pacific Drilling

An Experimental Study on Riser Gas Behavior for Dual Gradient Drilling: Omer Kaldirim, Graduate Research Assistant, Jerome Schubert, Texas A&M University (SPE 185297)
This presentation provides information on the experimental research conducted using the Scaled Riser Prototype built to understand gas behavior and migration in Controlled Mud Level Drilling method at the Dual Gradient Drilling Laboratory at Texas A&M University.

A Mid-Riser Pump System Optimized for Rapid Deployment on Any Semisubmersible or Drillship: Brian Piccolo, Development Leader, Austin Johnson, Alex Macgregor, Henry Pinkstone, Christian Leuchtenberg, Justin Fraczek, Bo Anderson, AFGlobal Corp (SPE 185284)
Managed Pressure Operations has developed a mid-riser pump system for MPD wells that maintains a full riser and statically balanced well at all times while excluding the need for rig and riser modifications or multiple interconnected manifolds at topside. Eliminating the need for an independent mud return line reduces operational complexity and permits the use of conventional kick detection practices. The optimized configuration of this system reduces investment costs and the number of required personnel while permitting deployment on any drillship or semi-submersible. Rig up lead times are reduced to 1 week as there is only a combined HPU/pump controller skid and umbilical at surface.

Planning of an MPD and Controlled Mud Cap Drilling (CMCD) Operation in the Barents Sea Using the CML Technology: Borre Fossli, New Technology Manager, Enhanced Drilling, Einar Bergseth, Sr Drilling Engineer, Lundin Norway, Per Christian Stenshorne, Gustav Skargard, Enhanced Drilling, Johan Bysveen, Lundin Norway, Landon Hollman, Blade Energy (SPE 185286)
An overview of the learning experience of incorporating a CML MPD system with Mud Cap capability on a rig for Artic conditions, implementing procedures and receiving class notation for a winterized rig and regulatory approval. The presentation will also describe the drilling challenges to be solved and the process of selecting a viable solution. Finally the Controlled Mud Cap Drilling principles will be explained.

12:00  Luncheon, Poster Session & Exhibit Viewing  Alhambra & Restaurant

13:15  Modelling  Session Chair: Martin Culen, Director, Blade Energy Partners

Investigation of Transient Behavior During Dual-Gradient Drilling: Aaron Mendonsa, Graduate Researcher, Jerome Schubert, Texas A&M University, Zhaoguang Yuan, Schlumberger  (SPE 185488)
Results of simulated transient behavior in dual-gradient drilling (DGD) will be presented along with highlighting the efficacy of the technology in deepwater well control operations. Our analysis demonstrates that constant bottomhole pressure can be maintained while responding to changes in drilling parameters and tight formation/fracture gradient windows with a full riser margin. Additionally, the results present an in-depth overview of the dynamic hydraulics involved with greater accuracy than other competitive steady-state models.

Prediction Model for Gas Migration in Well during PMCD Operation: Antonio Carlos Vieira Martins Lage, Well Technology Engineering Manager, Felipe de Souza Terra, DEM – PUC, Petrobras, Kjell Kåre Fjelde, University of Stavanger, Mônica Feijó Naccache, Sidney Stuckenbruck, DEM – PUC-Rio (SPE 185276)
The use of the Manage Pressure Drilling (MPD) is spreading in the offshore operations. The increasing complexity in the new exploratory frontiers is demanding for new techniques to reduce costs and increase operational safety. MPD appears as an answer for that demand and sometimes it is the only viable way to drill some of the challenging wells. In that way, understanding the gas migration behavior while drilling in PMCD mode allow an optimized well design concerning cost and operational safety.  The present study aims to validate a mathematic model capable of simulating the scenario where you have a loss of drilling fluid in the bottom of the well while having an influx in the same reservoir and observing gas migration to the surface in an PMCD Operation. For this purpose it is used the Drift Flux Two Phase Flow Model associated to the numerical method Advection Upstream Splitting Method (AUSMV).  Before the presentation of the complete scenario, two simple scenarios were simulated and the results were compared to similar simulations software known as a reference to the industry to validate the proposed model. This comparison demonstrates the robustness of the proposed model, giving stable and precise answers to the gas behavior modeling. The results of the simulations can be used as a base for the elaboration of operational procedures to monitor the gas behavior and approximate position and to optimize the Bullhead operations in a PMCD scenario.

Assessing Heave-Induced Pressure Oscillations in Offshore MPD: Timm Strecker, Research Fellow, Ole Morten Aamo, Professor, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Henrik Manum, Senior Researcher, Statoil ASA (SPE 185295)
This presentation illustrates how a high-fidelity well model can be used to assess the magnitude of heave-induced downhole pressure oscillations while drilling from floating rigs. Numerical simulations of the well hydraulics are utilised to identify situations where pressure-margin violations must be expected, and provide predictions that are vital to support decisions on drillability. Further, methods to handle uncertainty, ways to reduce the downhole pressure oscillations, and the limitations thereof, are discussed.

An Adaptive Pressure Control System for Automated MPD/UBD Operations with Full-fledged Two-phase Capabilities: Glenn-Ole Kaasa, CEO, Vinicius de Oliveira, Geir Arne Evjen, Robert Graham, Kelda Drilling Controls, Antonio Torrealba, Reform Energy Services
Learn about results from the first field employment of an adaptive control system that automatically adapts “in real-time” its parameters to compensate for operational transients and changing two-phase flow conditions while drilling. The adaptive control system is based on recent advances in adaptive control theory that was developed to handle severe operating conditions for autonomous operation of missiles and vehicles in the aerospace industry. Results from the first field operations demonstrates that the adaptive control system is capable of maintaining a constant downhole pressure throughout all MPD operations, including transients. Performance in two-phase flow conditions, in particular, was examined in a multiphase simulator by taking a controlled amount of influx of gas into the well, then circulated out in BHP control mode. For all changes in the well while drilling, the controller parameters were observed to update in real-time to recover the desired performance.

15:15  Coffee Service, Poster Session & Exhibit Viewing

15:45  Case Histories  Session Chair: Martyn Parker, COO, Pruitt Optimal MPD Services

Reducing Operational Spend: Cost-Savings Analysis of Proactive MPD Utilization in a Deepwater Setting: Fabrício Clemente, Region Technical Manager Well Integrity, Angel Hernandez, Maíra Lemos, Luis Giral, Lucas Santos, Weatherford (SPE 185288)
The costs associated with lost circulation and well control events comprise of nearly 30% of total wellbore costs. In the challenging deepwater drilling frontiers where risks and NPT associated costs are most substantial, drilling with MPD ready vessels is the optimum solution. MPD technologies enable the operator to significantly reduce fluid losses, NPT and costs associated with wellbore-related pressure events. In fact, the corrective responsiveness provided by MPD variants of PMCD and FMCD can reduce the fluid loss associated costs by up to 40%. This presentation will evaluate the economic benefits of MPD using a real-case well, conventionally drilled in deepwater Brazil with an MPD-ready rig. In this case, the MPD stack was not installed on the riser and total losses were experienced resulting in 15 days of NPT.

Combination of Light Annular-Mud Drilling and Downhole Deployment Valve for Drilling in Fractured Gas Reservoir, A Case Study: Enos Eben Ezer, Staff of Survey & Drilling Division, Andi Pratama, Reservoir Engineer, SKK Migas, Fikri Irawan, Weatherford  (SPE 185278)
Light Annular Mud Cap Drilling is MPD method for drilling in the fractured reservoir. It allows to drill despite facing the total loss circulation. Sacrificial fluid is injected into wellbore through the drillpipe. Viscous fluid with the density slightly less than the pore pressure is injected intermittently into the annulus. The challenge is the well has to be killed prior to tripping out. It will cause cost for the LCM, additional days and damage the reservoir. The demand for killing the well could be eliminated by using Downhole Deployment Valve (DDV) system which is integrated into the casing string.

Managed Pressure Drilling Application in Severely Depleted Reservoirs Enables Successful Brownfield Drilling Campaign: Amber Beutler, Drilling Engineer, ExxonMobil, Serkan Cenberlitas, Blade Energy Partners, Scott Coffey, Schlumberger (SPE 185285)
A case study of successful offshore drilling campaign through depleted reservoirs by using managed pressure drilling (MPD).  Narrow margins of 0.03 to 0.60 ppg between stability mud weight and reduced fracture gradient caused by reservoir depletion required new technology to enable success where conventional drilling is no longer achievable due to constricting drilling window.  This case study examines the MPD planning, equipment, and execution strategy for drilling, making connections, and tripping in addition to expanded capabilities of MPD of conducting dynamic formation integrity tests (FITs) and eliminating swab pressures effect while tripping.

17:15  Welcoming Reception, Poster Session & Exhibit Viewing  Alhambra

Wednesday, 29 March

07:30  Registration, Coffee Service, Poster Session & Exhibit Viewing  Alhambra & Foyer

08:15  Welcome & Introduction  Segovia I/II/III

  • Mike DuBose, Vice President – International Development, IADC

08:20  IADC UBO/MPD Committee Update

  • Oscar Gabaldon, IADC UBO/MPD Committee Chair; Operations Manager, Blade Energy Partners

08:30  Rig Integration  Moderator: Gavin Humphreys, Well Engineering Consultant, Stena Drilling
Integrating MPD and other services into drilling rigs can decrease NPT and cut costs. This can help operators maximize cost per foot and ultimate production.

  • Unleashing the Potential of MPD Through True Rig Integration: Svein Hovland, Product Line Manager – MPD System, Shantur Tapar, Christian Stridsklev, Thomas Jackson, National Oilwell Varco (SPE 185296)
  • Petrobras Experience on Rig Conversion to MPD Ready:  Marcos Coradini Tolfo, Drilling Discipline Coordinator, Petrobras
  • Realizing Rig Integration: Implementing Deepwater MPD Technology in 6th Generation Ultra-Deepwater Drillships: David Gouldin, Well Control Manager, Jay Lancaster, Seadrill Management Ltd., Said Boutalbi, Earl Dietrich, Julmar Shaun Toralde, Weatherford (SPE 185298)

09:30  Case Histories II  Session Chair: Brian Grayson, Director, Pressure Control Systems-Well Integrity, Weatherford

Case Study: First Experience of Developing an Influx Management Envelope (IME) for a Deepwater MPD Operation: Oscar Gabaldon, Operations Manager, Patrick Brand, Martin Culen, Inam Haq, Alexa Gonzalez Luis, Thiago Pinheiro Da Silva, Gustavo Puerto, Blade Energy Partners (SPE 185289)
This work presents the process of implementing the concept of the Influx Management Envelope (IME)  to an actual deepwater MPD operation, for the first time. Three different hole sections were evaluated during the MPD planning phase, to produce the decision making tools for safe handling of influxes within the primary wellbore barrier. Limiting factors such as: shoe integrity, maximum surface pressures, and mud gas separator (MGS) flow rates (gas and liquid) have been taken into consideration. Single bubble approach is compared with transient, multiphase simulation results. Finally, advanced options for influx removal are incorporated.

Overview of Different Applications for MPD and MCD Techniques on Deepwater Wells: André Alonso Fernandes, Advisor – Petroleum Engineer, Reinaldo Akio Tomita, Antonio Carlos Ramos Junior, João Paulo Sanseverino Abdu, Guilherme Siqueira Vanni, Ricardo Freire Grandi, Fabio Leonardo Longo Graça, Giovani Ferreira Machado, Cristiano Agostini, Rodolfo Balthazar Vadinal, Luiz Felipe Marini Silva, Petrobras (SPE 185279)
MPD is a very powerful tool that is gaining momentum for deepwater offshore wells construction. A rig adapted to MPD operations can apply different techniques that better suit each well scenario. Petrobras has over 20 MPD deepwater offshore wells drilled, applying different techniques to achieve success: from “basic” MPD SBP to MCD variants. This work will discuss the various MPD techniques that can be applied on a dynamic position rig during deepwater well construction.

10:30  Coffee Service, Poster Session & Exhibit Viewing

11:00  Fluids  Session Chair: Sara Shayegi, Senior Well Engineer, Shell

Lessons Learned in Drilling Fluids Projects during MPD and MCD Operations in Brazil´s Offshore Wells: Gleber Tacio Teixiera, Petroleum Chemist, Fabio  Fabri, Leonardo Silva de Almeida, Paulo Henrique Pereira da Silva, Rodolfo Balthazar Vadinal, Petrobras (SPE 185277)
The objective of this paper is to present the lessons learned in drilling fluid projects during MPD and MCD operations in Brazil´s offshore wells. The study will focus on desired properties, simulations, adjusted hydraulics models, formulations and involved costs, considering water and olefin based drilling fluids, to be used on exploratory and development wells.

11:30  Completions  Session Chair: Sara Shayegi, Senior Well Engineer, Shell

Completion Considerations for MPD Deepwater Offshore Wells: Eduardo Schnitzler, Advisor – Petroleum Engineer, André Alonso Fernandes, Carolina Bertholdo da Cunha, Fernando Salatiel de Oliveira, Guilherme Siqueira Vanni, Ricardo Freire Grandi, Roger Savaldovi Roman, Rafael Almeida de Jesus, Petrobras (SPE 185299)
For challenging wells, MPD and MCD are valuable techniques. The RCD, for MPD wells, or the necessity of injection down the annular, for MCD wells, have an impact on procedures and equipment from completion. The offshore completion project from deepwater and ultra-deepwater fields had to be reviewed for application of MPD and MCD. This paper presents the development history, results and considerations made for completion with MPD/MCD on Petrobras offshore wells.

12:00  Luncheon, Poster Session & Exhibit Viewing  Alhambra & Restaurant

13:15  Economic Analysis  Session Chair: Sara Shayegi, Senior Well Engineer, Shell

Strategic Evaluation of MPD Application on DP Rigs: André Alonso Fernandes, Advisor – Petroleum Engineer, Pedro Aranha, Guilherme Siqueira Vanni, Felipe de Souza Terra, Reinaldo Akio Tomita, Marcos Coradini Tolfo, Danilo Signori Gozzi, Petrobras (SPE 185281)
In recent years, Petrobras has used MPD/MCD technology in ultra-deepwater scenarios for development and exploratory wells. Ideally, the rigs equipped with MPD system should only be used in wells, or in specific phases of the well. Geomechanics, pore pressure estimation and loss zones identification are not an exact science. There is always an uncertainty in forecasting MPD/MCD demand, forcing the development of techniques and strategies to optimize the allocation of MPD rigs. This paper describes a probabilistic analysis developed to support the decision for MPD/MCD demand.

Leveraging CLD Potentials: Optimizing Economics Through Dynamic Well Control: Robert Ziegler, Global Director, Well Control, Weatherford, Evelyn Baldwin, Assistant Operations Manager, Maersk Training Inc.  (SPE 185283)
When the oil price is down, the gloves come off! Maximizing the full potential of closed- loop drilling (CLD) techniques to achieve dynamic well control and effectively slash costs is one often overlooked solution:  Leveraging numerous real-time case study data derived from operations of varying well types, this paper will showcase the operational impact of CLD to demonstrate why CLD technologies are one of the most underutilized performance drilling tools available to the market, yielding operational cost-savings unattainable with conventional methods.

14:15  Coffee Break, Poster Session & Exhibit Viewing

14:30  Equipment  Session Chair: Oscar Gabaldon, IADC UBO/MPD Committee Chair; Operations Manager, Blade Energy Partners

Enabling New Techniques: Nitrogen Gas Qualification and Testing of a Rotating Control Device: Brian Grayson, Director, Pressure Control Systems-Well Integrity, Azfar Mahmood, Lev Ring, Al Alajbegovic, Weatherford; Sebastian Nienhuis, Tejas Research & Engineering (SPE 185290)
This presentation will detail the inherent challenges of RCD gas-tight sealing in accordance with API16 RCD testing criteria, and the solutions that were developed to enable it. More importantly, it will shed light on the significance that proven gas-tight sealing could deliver to the market, empowering new techniques that could lead to an unforeseeable number of drilling triumphs in the near future.

Managed Pressure Drilling Flexible Mud Return Line Advances: Gergely Szekely, Project Engineer, Eduardo Peixoto, Zuzana Czovek, ContiTech Oil & Marine, Tamas Mezo, ContiTech Rubber Industrial Kft  (SPE 185280)
In the oil and gas industry there is a common misconception that bonded flexible pipes designed according to the only approved standard for deepwater MPD applications, API 17K are overdesigned and heavy. This paper aims to clarify the misconception and present to the industry the flexibility that API 17K gives to tailor the hose construction reflecting the actual requirements and customer needs. Technical challenges and solutions are discussed in details for the flexible pipes carrying well effluents in kick situations with special emphasis on technological advances resulting meaningful weight and cost savings.

15:30  Closing Remarks & Adjournment

  • Oscar Gabaldon, IADC UBO/MPD Committee Chair; Operations Manager, Blade Energy Partners


Unassigned Papers of Note:
The following paper proposals will be included in a Poster Session. Should a scheduled paper become unavailable, one of the unassigned papers will be accepted for presentation. In addition, these presentations will be made available in the conference proceedings, should the author so desire.

Operational Efficiencies Realized by Integrating Managed Pressure Drilling and Rig Control Systems: Svein Hovland, Product Line Manager – MPD System, Michael Smith, National Oilwell Varco (SPE 185294)
Review how a drilling control system can be modified and enhanced to improve the drilling process.  Current integrated MPD systems install a screen someplace within view of the Driller.  These systems require the driller to look away from primary screens to find relevant data or having to use verbal communication to ascertain the status of the MPD system.  This presentation will provide alternatives to the current method and the important considerations that should be evaluated before embarking on fully rig integrated MPD system.

Enhancing MPD Functionality: Successful Application of Adaptive Intelligent Drilling Software in Deepwater, Offshore and Onshore Operations: Sayamik Ameen, Global MPD Applications Engineer, Weatherford (SPE 185287)
Discussion of the existing MPD software and the motivation which led in development of the current innovative MPD software, followed by the incorporated engineering models and control algorithm used on different platforms. Lastly, case studies for successful application of the current MPD software on different geological environment with data analysis of those jobs will be compared.


Conference Program Committee

Borre Fossli, Enhanced Drilling
Brian Grayson, Weatherford
Charles Kamps, MI Swaco
Charlie Orbel, AFGlobal
Christopher Bernard, Halliburton
Dale Straub, Chevron
Dennis Moore, Marathon Oil Company
Emad Bakri, Total
Frederic Jacquemin, Pacific Drilling
Gavin Humphreys, Stena Drilling
Guilherme Vanni, Petrobras
John Cohen, Enhanced Drilling
John Kozicz, Transocean
Juan Carlos Beltran, MI Swaco
Martin Culen, Blade Energy Partners
Martyn Parker, Pruitt Optimal MPD Services
Micah Spahn, Pruitt Optimal MPD Services
Mike Vander Staak, Hess Corporation
Per Cato Berg, Statoil
Sara Shayegi, Shell
Shantur Tapar, National Oilwell Varco
Tamela Claborn, SPE
Tracy Mossman, Nexen Petroleum UK Ltd
Travis Mathews, Signa Engineering Corporation
Wael Essam, BP


Pruitt Optimal MPD Services
SafeKick Limited
Enhanced Drilling AS
Contitech Oil & Marine Corp
AFGlobal – Advanced Drilling Systems
Tolomatic Inc.
Oil States Industries
Magnum Technology Center
Stasis Drilling Solutions
EFC Group

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  • Exhibitors can set-up after 15:00 on Monday, 27 March 2017.  All booths must be completely set up by 06:30 on Tuesday, 28 March 2017.
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There are fivelevels of sponsoring: Diamond sponsors, Platinum Sponsors, Gold Sponsors, and Silver Sponsors. Event sponsorships are also available and will be categorized by monetary contribution with the appropriate level of sponsorship. Please find the benefits of the sponsor packages below. The conference sponsor will receive high profile recognition before, during and after the conference.

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