Review of casing while drilling technology

Tehnologija bušenja sa kolonom zaštitnih cevi

  • Bojan Pavković PM Lucas Enterprises Ltd.
  • Renato Bizjak PM Lucas Enterprises Ltd.
  • Bojan Petrović PM Lucas Enterprises Ltd.
Keywords: casing; drilling; CwD; application


Conventional drilling methods have been plagued with huge operational and financial challenges, such as cost of purchasing, inspecting, handling, transporting the drill equipment and most importantly, tripping in-and-out of the drill string whenever the Bottom Hole Assembly (BHA) needs a replacement, needs of wiper trip or when total depth is reached. The tripping in-and-out of the drill string not only contributes to Non Productive Time (NPT) but also leads to well control difficulties including wellbore instability and lost circulation. All this has led Oil and Gas industry, as well as any other engineering industry, to seek for new ways and methods in order to reduce these problems. Thanks to the advances in technical solutions and constant improvements of conventional drilling methods, a new drilling method - casing while drilling has been developed. Casing Drilling encompasses the process of simultaneously drilling and casing a well, using the active casing and thus optimizes the production. This paper presents a review of casing while drilling method (CwD) and its practical usage in drilling wells. The comparison of conventional drilling method and casing while drilling is also presented. The CwD method achieves significantly better results than conventional drilling method.


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How to Cite
Pavković, B., Bizjak, R., & Petrović, B. (2016). Review of casing while drilling technology. Podzemni Radovi, (29), 11-32.