Performance Report: Oil-Based Mud Achieves 10% Increase in ROP Using the Alpine DRILL BEADS Lubricant

North Dakota

Challenge: An operator needed to achieve smooth drilling operations with low torque and drag and improved ROP, despite the use of an OBM system.

Solution: The operator chose to improve the drilling operation by applying Alpine DRILL BEADS lubricant with an Alpine DRILL BEAD Recovery Unit (BRU) to the OBM system.

Result: By utilizing Alpine DRILL BEADS product and BRU with this OBM system, ROP was improved 10% with trips and reaming being performed without problems.

The Details

  • Use of the BRU commenced at 13,629 ft (4,154 m)
  • 4-lb/bbl Alpine Drill Bead s product were applied but was increased to 6 lb/bbl as sliding slowed
  • ROP improved by 10% as indicated from the drilling reports
  • There were no problems making trips to change MWD tools
  • No problems with wash and reaming were encountered
  • The lateral was drilled without an agitator
  • Casing wear was observed to be at minimum levels compared to the last documented well.

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