In an operating environment where every hour and every dollar are meticulously tracked and reported, the potential of 14 days of nonproductive time is a lifetime and $14 million is a small fortune. This was the situation an international oil company (IOC) encountered while drilling an ultra-deepwater well in the Gulf of Mexico (GoM) when the expandable liner collapsed. 

The options available were to re-drill and re-case a 3,000-ft hole or attempt a cased-hole sidetrack through the liner. 

The IOC contacted Weatherford requesting an off-the-shelf option that would enable the sidetracking option and ultimately selected the company’s Shallow Angle QuickCut casing-exit system with Multicatch anchor for the job, according to a press release. 

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