Real time kick estimation and monitoring in managed pressure drilling system

Habib, M. Musab (2020) Real time kick estimation and monitoring in managed pressure drilling system. Masters thesis, Memorial University of Newfoundland.

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The influx of reservoir fluid (kick) has a significant impact on drilling operations. Unmitigated kick can lead to a blowout causing financial losses and impacting human lives on the rig. Kick is an unmeasured disturbance in the system, and so detection, estimation, and mitigation are essential for the safety and efficiency of the drilling operation. Our main objective is to develop a real time warning system for a managed pressure drilling (MPD) system. In the first part of the research, an unscented Kalman filter (UKF) based estimator was implemented to simultaneously estimate the bit flow-rate, and kick. The estimated kick is further used to predict the impact of the kick. Optimal control theory is used to calculate the time to mitigate the kick in the best case scenario. An alarm system is developed based on total predicted influx and pressure rise in the system and compared with actual well operation control matrix. Thus, the proposed method can estimate, monitor, and manage kick in real time, enhancing the safety and efficiency of the MPD operation. So, a robust warning framework for the operators based on real life operational conditions is created in the second part of the research. Proposed frameworks are successfully validated by applying to several case studies.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Item ID: 14397
Additional Information: Includes bibliographical references.
Keywords: kick estimation, managed pressure drilling system, monitoring, UKF
Department(s): Engineering and Applied Science, Faculty of
Date: May 2020
Date Type: Submission
Digital Object Identifier (DOI):
Library of Congress Subject Heading: Oil well drilling--Safety measures; Oil wells--Blowouts--Prevention.

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