Monitoring of the mud flow IN and OUT, mud density, and temperature are key features that help operators determine when and how to intervene during well operations. Through the use of rig feasibility studies GEOLOG is able to provide the optimal well control configuration required in challenging operating environments. KickAlarm service provides clients with a dedicated crew, equipment and software used to monitor and prevent well control incidents.
KickAlarm can be deployed onshore and offshore for monitoring critical wells with oil based and water based muds. Minor flow fluctuations as low as 10 l/min can be detected with this service.
This service can also be used to detect wash out events in real-time, helping to prevent down hole fishing operations.
KickAlarm has been effectively deployed on more than 200 wells in 30 countries around the world, onshore and offshore, including Brazil, Algeria, Italy, Russia, Norway, South Africa, Angola and France.
A kick was identified using the KickAlarm service at event “A” (red curve spike). The field specialists were able to identify 0.16m3 of gains in a 35 second time interval. As a result action was taken to mitigate the effects of this kick during the early stages.
Within 8 minutes the well was closed and a total gain of 1.54 m3 was recorded (B). This rapid identification of a kick prevented further problems at the rig and minimized NPT.
Figure 1. KickAlarm display