Directional Drilling Calculation Example for J-Profile Well

This article demonstrates how to design the well trajectory in J-shape from the surface location to the required target depth (TD).

Information Given

  • The surface location coordinate of Well-A is 6,543,065.00N 416,695.00E and the target is located at 6,542,213.00N 415,456.00E and the UTM zone is 31N.

  • Kick off depth = 4,200’MD/4,200’TVD
  • Planned build up rate = 2 degree/100 ft
  • Well profile = J-profile (build and hold)

The surface location coordinate of Well-A is 6,543,065.00N 416,695.00E and the target is located at 6,542,213.00N 415,456.00E and the UTM zone is 31N. Therefore, the surface and the target for Well-A can be illustrated is Figure 1. Continue reading

Formation Temperature Calculation

Formation temperature is one of the most critical parameters in drilling and workover operation and it varies by true vertical depth of wellbore.

The following formula shows relationship between formation temperature and true vertical depth of well.

Formation temperature = (ambient surface temperature ) + (temperature gradient x  Well TVD)

Where:

Formation temperature in F (Fahrenheit)

ambient surface temperature in F (Fahrenheit)

temperature gradient in F/ft (Fahrenheit / ft)

Well TVD in ft

Example: The temperature gradient in a specific area is 0.015 °F/ft of depth and the ambient surface temperature is 90 °F.

Determine the estimated formation temperature at a TVD of 12,000 ft:

Formation Temperature, °F = 90 °F + (0.015 °F/ft x 12,000 ft)

Formation Temperature, °F = 90 °F + 180 °F

Formation Temperature = 270 °F (estimated formation temperature)

Please find the Excel sheet used for estimating formation temperature.

Ref books: Lapeyrouse, N.J., 2002. Formulas and calculations for drilling, production and workover, Boston: Gulf Professional publishing.

Bourgoyne, A.J.T., Chenevert , M.E. & Millheim, K.K., 1986. SPE Textbook Series, Volume 2: Applied Drilling Engineering, Society of Petroleum Engineers.

Mitchell, R.F., Miska, S. & Aadny, B.S., 2011. Fundamentals of drilling engineering, Richardson, TX: Society of Petroleum Engineers.