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Managed Pressure Drilling: Istanbul


Managed Pressure Drilling: Istanbul

Course overview

This course is an introduction course and presents the students Managed Pressure Drilling techniques, design and equipment. The course starts with an overview of the MPD techniques such as constant bottom hole pressure and mud cap drilling operations. The course then presents the MPD techniques and equipment including deepwater MPD equipment. The operational aspects of MPD are addressed towards the end of this course.

The course is designed for

Course is designed for engineers, supervisors, rig personnel and service providers that are using or about to use MPD techniques. Wellbore pressure concepts are provided in this course and candidates should be familiar with basic hydrostatic calculations.

Course objectives and outcomes

Objectives of this course are to provide the students with a good understanding of the various aspects of managed pressure drilling. The student will gain knowledge of planning for MPD operations and gain knowledge of the equipment and operational requirements for both onshore, offshore and deepwater MPD operations.

At the end of the course the students will be able to

Design MPD operations both constant bottom hole pressure and mud cap operations

Design the engineering aspects of MPD

Understand well control aspects of MPD

Course outline

Day 1: Introduction

The first day the candidates are exposed to what managed pressure drilling is all about and how and where it is used. The history of MPD is presented together with the variants of managed pressure drilling. The static and dynamic pressure concepts in a well are presented to ensure that candidates understand the MPD issues with regards to bottom hole pressures.

Welcome and Introductions

What is Managed Pressure Drilling

History of MPD

Managed Pressure Drilling Variants

Wellbore Pressures

Pore Pressures

Equivalent Circulating Density


Day 1 Exercises; Pressure Calculations

Day 2: MPD Variants

The second day of the course starts with a more detailed overview of the managed pressure drilling variations.  The variants of MPD are covered in some detail. The well design aspects of Managed Pressure Drilling and the candidate selection process is explained.

Underbalanced Drilling

Constant Bottom Hole Drilling

Mud Cap Drilling

Continues Circulation Systems

Dual gradient Drilling

Deepwater MPD

MPD Well Design

Day 2 Exercises: Well design calculations

Day 3: Equipment and Operations

This last day of the course starts with a detailed review at the MPD surface equipment both for land, offshore and deepwater drilling operations. The candidates are introduced to MPD operations from initiating the operations to drilling, tripping and casing and cementing operations including the well control aspects of MPD.

MPD equipment

Surface Equipment

Down hole Equipment

MPD operations

Finger Printing


Running Casing

MPD Cementing

MPD Well Control Operations

Day 3 Exercises; MPD Cementing, Well Control Aspects.

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