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A customer performing plug-and-perf completions on a low-temperature, low-pressure well in Oklahoma was looking for a way to accelerate plug milling and improve debris removal. Because of the low bottomhole pressure, the well had significant lift issues, making hole cleaning an arduous process.

Understanding the customer’s challenges, Baker Hughes, a GE company (BHGE), suggested running a combination of lightweight frac plugs and SPECTRE™ low temperature disintegrating frac plugs to minimize debris in the wellbore.

Unlike conventional plugs that contain hard, heavy components such as cast iron slips and ceramic buttons, BHGE lightweight frac plugs are built completely out of a robust, engineered alloy material that is 70% lighter than conventional plugs—enabling smoother milling and easier, more complete debris removal.

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Challenges & Results
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Challenges

  • Low bottomhole pressure caused significant lift issues, making cleanouts difficult
  • Accelerate plug milling and debris removal

Results

  • Experienced zero motor stalls despite pumping 9.5 MMscf of nitrogen through the motor
  • Required zero short trips, avoiding NPT and excess cleanout costs
  • Improved hole cleaning
  • Enabled fast frac ball pump-down operations, landing balls at 15 bbl/min
  • Allowed for continued production from the lower zones