Predicting The Azimuth of Stress from Wellbore Breakouts in (X) Oil Field


  • Hussein S. Almalikee Basrah Oil Company



Horizontal stress, (X) field, Well-bore Breakouts


 The current minimum and maximum horizontal stresses orientations are influential parameters in the development of any Geomechanical model; these models aim to reduce wellbore instability and non-productive time during drilling by selecting the best wellbore direction when drilling inclined or horizontal wells. Minimum horizontal stress orientations can be established by examining wellbore breakouts. Borehole breakouts result from a natural failure compression process in which the maximum hoop stress surrounding the hole exceeds the rock strength, which may be detected using an oriented caliper log tool. There is no data in the World Stress Map (WSM) in the research area. As a result, data from 10 wells in the (X) oilfield's Oriented caliper well logs were analyzed for this study. The breakouts azimuth is consistent with depth, and the minimum horizontal stress azimuth from the north is 140o - 150o and 320o - 330o, which is compatible with the regional maximum horizontal stress direction (Shmax). As a result, the recommended drilling direction of deviated, and horizontal wells in the (X) oil field area should parallel the maximum horizontal stress. 


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How to Cite

Almalikee, H. S. Predicting The Azimuth of Stress from Wellbore Breakouts in (X) Oil Field. Journal of Petroleum Research and Studies 2023, 13, 37-49.