Integration of geological and well log and geomechanical modeling toward a safe mud weight for wellbore stability: A case study of Ruby field, Blocks 01&02, Cuu Long basin

  • Nguyen Van Hoang Petrovietnam Exploration Production Corporation
  • Nguyen Quoc Thap Vietnam Petroleum Association (VPA)
  • Pham Quy Ngoc Vietnam Petroleum Institute
Keywords: Geomechanical model, wellbore stability, mudweight, Cuu long basin


There is a high density of drilled wells in Blocks 01&02 which is a part of the Cuu Long basin. The geological settings of this area have undergone a complicated evolution, resulting in heterogeneous lithology and variable stresses. Consequently, drilling activities in the Ruby oil field have faced numerous challenges, such as stuck pipe, gas kick, mud loss, and even lost well, etc. leading to substantial time and financial setbacks. It is essential to thoroughly understand the geomechanical characteristics of Ruby field to ensure safe operation and optimize drilling. In this paper, several downhole geophysical data sets such as wireline logging data as gamma ray (GR), density log (RHOB), neutron (NPHI), compression/shear sonic travel time (DTC/DTS), image formation log (FMI), pressure test (MDT) and leak of test (LOT, XLOT) are used to construct the 1D geomechanical model. The objective of this modelling is to compute parameters of pore pressure, vertical stress, horizontal stress, elastics properties, rock strengths. Then, these parameters are used to analyze the wellbore stability and to recommend appropriate drilling mud weights for the wells under study. This analysis can subsequently be extended to cover the entire Ruby oil field for the future drilling operations to enhance overall safety and efficiency.


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How to Cite
Nguyen, V. H., Nguyen, Q. T., & Pham, Q. N. (2023). Integration of geological and well log and geomechanical modeling toward a safe mud weight for wellbore stability: A case study of Ruby field, Blocks 01&02, Cuu Long basin. Petrovietnam Journal, (2), 19-28.