Editor's note: The material in this paper was presented at the 2000 Offshore Technology Conference. A more extensive version is included in the 2000 OTC Proceedings.

Shallow-water flow (SWF) may occur while drilling shallow overpressured formations at deepwater sites. It is a high-profile problem in the Gulf of Mexico, although it does occur elsewhere and will likely be encountered in other deepwater regions (Figure 1).


Drilling shallow overpressured sands may cause large and long-lasting uncontrolled flows, well damage and foundation failure, formation compaction, damaged casing, and reentry and control problems. Most spectacularly, eruptions from overpressured sands may result...

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