About this Training Course 

In our pursuit to discover oil and gas in ever deeper horizons, wells are often drilled in what is known as a High Pressure High Temperature [HPHT] environment. To be considered a HPHT well, the downhole conditions will have pressures in excess of 10,000 psi [69 MPa] and 300 deg F [150 deg C]. To drill these usually expensive wells successfully, the planning and execution phase has to be of an exceptionally high standard. Therefore, both operator and drilling/service contractor staff must be seamlessly aligned and work as a coherent team to reach and then harness the well objectives.

The course focuses on the key characteristics and challenges of HPHT Planning & Well Control

  • Differences between HPHT and standard [conventional] wells and what this entails for well design
  • Impact of Pore Pressure Prediction [PPP] and understanding of kick tolerance
  • Static and Dynamic Equivalent Mud Density and the factors that influence the ultimate Bottom Hole Pressure [BHP]
  • Control practices such as ‘fingerprinting’ to identify what’s happening downhole
  • Specific HPHT equipment requirements and advantages of Managed Pressure Drilling [MPD]
  • Well control on/off bottom and dealing with kick-loss situations
  • Mud management and tolerance on mud properties
  • Team effort, checklists and ‘getting everybody on-board’

The course is meant for experienced engineers directly or indirectly involved in the delivery of HPHT wells such as office-based planning and operations well engineers and field-based operator/contractor supervisory staff. Participants to this course must have prior awareness level knowledge about HPHT well engineering and operations concepts. This is an intermediate level course.