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Vol.8(8), pp. 79-89 , October 2017
ISSN: 2141-2677

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A technical review of radial jet drilling

Ahmed H. Kamel
  • Ahmed H. Kamel
  • Petroleum Engineering, University of Texas Permian Basin, 4901 E. University Blvd. IT 108 Odessa, TX 79762-0001, USA.
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 Received: 13 September 2017  Accepted: 05 October 2017  Published: 31 October 2017

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Radial jet drilling (RJD) is an unconventional drilling technique that uses the jet energy of high velocity fluids to drill laterals with different geometries in both conventional and unconventional reservoirs. Many case studies available worldwide have proven RJD as a viable alternative to traditional stimulation techniques, especially in marginal fields. RJD has a lot of application in the oil and gas industry. It is a cost effective completion technique to reach the untapped sweet spots, by-pass damaged zones near wellbore, re-complete old wells, and many other applications. The present paper outlines the basics of newly developed radial jet drilling technology. Advances in technologies, developments, forces imposed, jet fluid hydraulics, procedures, applications, and challenges of RJD are reviewed in this paper. Simulation studies and several worldwide case studies are discussed to evaluate the RJD technology.

Key words: Radial jet, drilling, completion, laterals.

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APA Kamel, A. H. (2017). A technical review of radial jet drilling. Journal of Petroleum and Gas Engineering, 8(8), 79-89.
Chicago Ahmed H. Kamel. "A technical review of radial jet drilling." Journal of Petroleum and Gas Engineering 8, no. 8 (2017): 79-89.
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