Comprehensive wellbore stability analysis using elastic and porothermoelastic models

UDK: 622.245.3
DOI: 10.24887/0028-2448-2018-8-14-18
Key words: porothermoelastic model, Wellbore instability, Mogi-Coulomb criterion, safe drilling
Authors: A. Garavand (Gubkin Russian State University of Oil and Gas), V.M. Podgornov (Gubkin Russian State University of Oil and Gas), Yu.L. Rebetsky (Institute of Physics of the Earth of the Russian Academy of Science), M.F. Ghasemi (Institute of Physics of the Earth of the Russian Academy of Science), A.L. Shaybakov (Soyuzneftegazservice (SNGS))

Problems associated with the instability of the wellbore annually cost the oil and gas industry billions of dollars around the world. However, the application of geomechanical models can significantly reduce these costs. Geomechanical models can be built based on mechanical constitutive laws (elastic, poroelastic, elastoplastic and etc.) and failure criterion of material (Mohr – Coulomb, Mogi – Coulomb and etc.). Selection of an appropriate failure criterion is crucial in wellbore stability analysis. The Mogi – Coulomb criterion is applied in this work to calculate shear failure. The objective of this paper is to investigate the pore pressure and temperature effects on elastic deformations and resultant mechanical instabilities in the near wellbore zone. The results are compared with the case wherein the pore pressure and temperature effects are ignored. Accordingly, minimum required rock strength for safe drilling and stable well trajectory are estimated. It is shown that the coupled porothermoelastic model better cover the physics of mechanical wellbore instability problems and neglecting heating and cooling effects might cause to fallacious results. To verify our results, the proposed approach is applied to analyze the stability of a vertical wellbore drilled in an oil field in Siberia, Russia.


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