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Management Strategies Optimize Drilling and Completion Operations

By 2010, all applicable drilling solutions had seemingly been applied to the Castilla field in Colombia. But new problems were identified, and a model of management strategies was implemented to reduce drilling and completion timing. During the resulting optimization process, the Castilla field became the model for the rest of the fields in the company portfolio. It is believed that this model might also be applied successfully to other fields.

Introduction

In a May 2010 evaluation, several facets of Castilla field operations were assessed: current processes, operations, and technologies; the state of drilling operations by use of management indicators; nonproductive time (NPT); field characteristics; and roles and responsibilities of personnel. The objectives were to prioritize processes by importance, create a process guide, develop a new manpower plan, improve communication, and apply technology efficiently.

This article, written by JPT Technology Editor Chris Carpenter, contains highlights of paper SPE 165325, “A Successful Optimization Case of Drilling and Completion Operations Through Management Tools and Strategies,” by Oscar R. Silva, Guden O. Silva, and Luis I. Valderrama, Ecopetrol, prepared for the 2013 SPE Western Regional and AAPG Pacific Section Meeting and Joint Technical Conference, Monterey, California, USA, 19–25 April. The paper has not been peer reviewed.
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Management Strategies Optimize Drilling and Completion Operations

01 September 2013

Volume: 65 | Issue: 9

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