Thursday, 25 February 2021


Due to their higher pore pressures, formations above and below these producing zones need to be stabilized by fluids with higher density. However, an exposure of a depleted zone to the required high-density fluid can cause a significant loss of the whole fluid and differential sticking. Furthermore, uncontrollable drilling fluid losses are at times unavoidable in the large fractures of these formations. So it is difficult to drill such zones economically and safely by means of conventional rig equipment. Underbalanced drilling may be an alternative, but the extra time and equipment can greatly increase the cost of the operation. Recently, a new drilling fluid technology has been developed in an attempt to eliminate just these discussed problems. This novel technology is based on Aphron uniquely structured micro-bubbles of air. The air used to generate Aphron is usually incorporated into the fluid with conventional fluid-mixing equipment at ambient pressure, thereby reducing costs and safety concerns associated with conventional air and foam drilling operations. In this project, it is presented the design and properties of Aphron drilling fluids, and discuss how the fluid characteristics work together to provide superior performance in drilling operations that have a high risk of lost circulation.


Drilling low-pressure/low-fracture-gradient sections

Drilling fractured and highly permeable sections

Reservoir drill-in applications

Drilling normal and low-pressure sections (high-density applications)


Designing of Aphron -based drilling fluid formulations containing surfactants, polymers and nano-additives

Reducing mud loss circulation into the formation in low-pressure reservoirs

Improving the Aphron -based drilling fluid stability by using the nano-additives

Reduce the possibility of damage to the formation and simultaneous removal of H2S in the well using this type of fluid

Special product

NANO-Enhanced Aphron based Drilling Fluid RIPI’s N-EADF


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