Failure probability with time under different operational conditions for low-density system based on hollow microspheres supported by long term lab studies and field cases Conference Paper uri icon


  • Cementing a string in one stage is a challenging task, especially in the presence of weak formations. Cement slurry losses during placement is highly possible if the equivalent circulating density (ECD) exceeds 82 pcf during placement. A conventional method to overcome this challenge is to use multi-stage cementing by setting the stage tool above the loss circulation zone. However, field data indicate that the tool can fail, thus causing serious delay and economic loss. In addition, stage tools are considered weak point and not good for long term seal. A second method for zonal isolation is to use low density cement. In this study, we present extensive lab evaluation of a low density system based on the use of hollow microspheres for one year at field conditions. The tests included one year mechanical properties measurement such as compressive strength development, Young's modulus and Poisson's ratio. The low-density system (70 pcf) was tested at 300°F. An earlier study has shown the suitability of using low density cement in the field, Al-Yami et al. (2007). However, there is no available Investigation in the literature about the durability of low density cement at higher temperature and at different operational scenarios. The finite element method was used to analyze the failure probability of HPHT wells over with time. At the variation of bottom whole pressure, the casing, cement, and formation system failure probability was studied for this type of cement. This paper introduces the operational envelope for this type of cement in order to achieve successful operations. Field cases were discussed to validate the results of this investigation. Copyright 2012, Society of Petroleum Engineers.

author list (cited authors)

  • Al-Yami, A. S., Yuan, Z., & Schubert, J.

publication date

  • December 2012