Method for controlling a well in a subsea mudlift drilling system
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A method for controlling a subsea well that includes shutting at least one blowout preventer, opening at least one isolation line, and circulating an influx out of a well while an inlet pressure of a subsea mudlift pump is adjusted to maintain a substantially constant drill pipe pressure at an initial circulating pressure. After the influx is circulated out of the well, drilling mud with a kill mud weight is pumped into the well. The drill pipe pressure is reduced according to a preselected drill pipe pressure decline schedule until the kill mud weight drilling mud reaches the bottom of the well. The drill pipe pressure is then maintained at a final circulating pressure by adjusting the inlet pressure of the subsea mudlift pump. The kill mud weight drilling mud is then circulated from the well bottom to the surface at the final circulating pressure.
Schubert, Jerome J.; Alexander, Carmon H.; Juvkam-wold, Hans C.; Weddle III, Curtis E.; Choe, Jonggeun (2002). Method for controlling a well in a subsea mudlift drilling system. United States. Patent and Trademark Office; Texas A&M University. Libraries. Available electronically from