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Analysis on Wellhead Stability During Drilling Operation in Arctic Permafrost Region

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Zhiyuan Wang, Xuerui Wang, Baojiang Sun, Xuejing Deng, Yang Zhao, Yonghai Gao, Hao Li

China University of Petroleum, Qingdao, China

Paper No. OMAE2017-61868, pp. V008T11A008; 7 pages
  • ASME 2017 36th International Conference on Ocean, Offshore and Arctic Engineering
  • Volume 8: Polar and Arctic Sciences and Technology; Petroleum Technology
  • Trondheim, Norway, June 25–30, 2017
  • Conference Sponsors: Ocean, Offshore and Arctic Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5776-2
  • Copyright © 2017 by ASME


The arctic region hold abundant oil & gas resources according to the assessment by United States Geological Survey (USGS) in 2009. While, the thaw of permafrost during drilling operation can lead to the instability of wellhead. A coupled thermal model between wellbore and formation is given considering the latent heat of fusing and migration of water during the thaw of permafrost, and the thawed permafrost zone can be estimated. A wellhead stability analysis method considering heat transferred from wellbore is also proposed in this paper. FLAC3D software is applied to analyze the wellhead stability. Some conclusions are made through a case study: Flow in the wellbore delivers heat from deep part of formation to the shallow part of the formation, which leads to the permafrost thaws. Thawed permafrost losses most of the shear strength compared to that of the frozen permafrost which leads to the settlement of wellhead. The calculated results using FLAC3D software shows that the wellhead settles as deep as 0.66 m resulting from the permafrost thaw. In addition, the installation of anti-sinking pad is suggested to reduce the wellhead settlement. According to our simulation, the anti-sinking pad with radius of 8 times the wellhead radius is suggested, which can reduce the wellhead settlement to 0.1 m.

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