A team approach to mitigating shallow water flow risk ///

Wells drilled near the Mars, Ursa and Europa basins within the Mississippi Canyon Area, Gulf of Mexico, have experienced varying degrees of shallow water flow problems. Two wells drilled in Mississippi Canyon Block 849 (MC 849) penetrated overpressured sands within the shallow section, causing catastrophic shallow water flow. Both wells were subsequently abandoned. A team of geohazards specialists, geologists, geophysicists and engineers worked together to identify and mitigate this SWF, and successfully drilled the Slam Dunk exploration well in MC 849.

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