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When a wildcat is drilled in deep water, the challenge is magnified by the distortion and unpredictability of geopressure and temperature gradients produced by the presence of salt diapirs, and stressed pre- and post-salt formation layers. So, when Saudi Aramco drilled its first well in the Red Sea, a rank wildcat deepwater well, it was with the knowledge that the well and casing designs would need to be robust enough to withstand all drilling and production loads, yet be flexible enough to accommodate possible variations. Many of the variations were unknown, because of the nature of the well, and the fact that it was the first in the deepwater Red Sea.
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