Deepwater Technology: Drilling a deepwater wildcat offshore Brazil ///

Project delivery according to plan and with minimal cost depends on having the right people, processes, and technology in place. The consequences of not adequately implementing these for difficult drilling projects can result in failure to reach objectives and/or substantial overspending. This article outlines the processes used to get the appropriate people and technology in place to deliver a high-pressure, high-temperature, deepwater wildcat off the northern coast of Brazil. WELL CONTROL Algodoal 1 was a 5,650-m wildcat well drilled in late 2004, in 776 m of water about 200 mi off Brazil's northern coast, Fig. 1. The project set records as the deepest well drilled off Brazil's northern coast and the highest pore pressure well ever drilled in Brazil.

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