Mohammed L. Subhi and Ahmad Al-Humaidi
Mohammed L. Subhi and Ahmad Al-Humaidi, with the Advanced Technical Services Division Drilling Fluids and Cement Unit, illustrate the high-impact role that technicians play. They took the initiative to conduct intensive research, innovative thinking, and comprehensive lab testing to develop the cement oil-based mud (OBM) spacer formulation.
“As technicians, we are empowered to take initiative. We observed the increasing proponents’ demand for OBM and the high cost, and decided to investigate whether we could develop something better in-house to provide cost savings. And with the freedom to innovate, we did,” said Subhi.
The OBM spacer has achieved an outstanding record of over 250 field deployments, along with remarkable cost savings and field performance. It provides effective fluid separation during the cementing operation to prevent high fluid viscosity mixtures from forming, leading to a successful cement job.
“Localization and cost efficiency are two of the main drivers in our drilling operations. The locally sourced Saudi Aramco OBM spacer is a perfect example of how the innovative minds in EXPEC ARC are providing cost-effective solutions to our cementing operations,” said Najeeb I. Abdulrahman, manager of the Exploration and Oil Drilling Engineering Department.