Hezron Byrian Manurung


The stuck pipe incident occured four times in three wells located on pad AWI-9. The three wells that experienced the stuck pipe were occurred first at AWI well 9-3, then twice at AWI well 9-5 and finally at AWI well 9-7. The first stuck pipe incident occurred at AWI 9-3 at the depth of 4,248 ftMD or 1,294 meters. There is a change in elemental anomalies or mud properties, an increase in the chloride property from the presence of brine in the wellbore as well as the increase of torques as a result of the accumulation of cuttings around the drill pipe assembly which resulted in sloughing or formation collapse. The next stuck pipe incident came from the AWI 9-5 well which occurred at the depth of 3,478 ftMD or 1,060 meters and at 4,667 ftMD or 1,422 meters. The background of the stuck pipe in this well can be seen from the collapse of the Paleosoil formation, the decrease in pump rate due to damage of the mud pump and the absence of air use when drilling in a loss circulation circumstances. This latter hindrance also led to the stuck pipe incident in the AWI 9-7 well at a depth of 6,266 ftMD or 1,910 meters. The overall occurrence of stuck pipes in the three wells above can be overcome and the drill pipe series can be released through working pipe efforts, maximizing the use of air and conducting well heat-ups. The methodology used in this thesis is a study of sub-surface and surface data during and before the occurrence of the stuck pipe incident. The data are log data in the form of daily drilling report, drill cutting or cutting data, drilling parameters and periodic reports of drilling mud per well. From the analysis of the data above, it was found that preventive measures were taken to prevent the same thing from re-occuring. The form of adding a mud additives that function as a reduction or prevention of fluid loss so that the loss circulation conditions can be prevented and brine and formations that have sloughing properties as the cause of collapse will not enter the hole, maintaining the weight of the mud and viscosity so that the mud cake maintained and the hole wall remains strong and the importance of hole cleaning during the drilling process; this includes the time before the connection process or removing the pipe circuit and the importance of using air in geothermal drilling which has a loss circulation character.

Full Text:



Acuña, Jorge A., James Stimac, Lutfhie Sirad-Azwar, and Riza Glorius Pasikki. 2008. “Reservoir Management at Awibengkok Geothermal Field, West Java, Indonesia.” Geothermics 37(3): 332–46.

Adams, Neal. 1985. “Drilling Engineering : A Complete Well Planning Approach.” : 960.

Akinfolarin, Ayodele et al. 2020. “Lessons Learned from Drilling a Long Open Hole Interval and Recoveryfrom a Stuck Pipe Incident.” Society of Petroleum Engineers - SPE Nigeria Annual International Conference and Exhibition 2020, NAIC 2020.

Alhamed, Haitham, Amjad Alshaarawi, Mohammad Albadran, and Meshari Alshalan. 2020. “Stuck Pipe Mitigating during Drill Pipe Connection Using Rotation Continuous Circulation Tool.” International Petroleum Technology Conference 2020, IPTC 2020.

Amoco. 1994. “Drilling Fluids Manual.” Amoco Production Company.

Atwa, Victor Okello. 2018. “Analysis of Stuck Pipe and Fishing Operations : Case Study of Olkaria Geothermal Field in Kenya.” (8).

Ermawati, Tuti, Inne Dwiastuti, Purwanto, and Siwage Dharma Negara. 2014. Pengembangan Industri Energi Alternatif: Studi Kasus Energi Panas Bumi di Indonesia Analisis Kebijakan Pengembangan Energi Panas Bumi Di Indonesia.

H Kara, O Anlar MY Ağargün. 2014. “Geologi Regional Jawa Barat.” Paper Knowledge . Toward a Media History of Documents 7(2): 107–15.

Habtemariam, Bayu Wedaj. 2012. “Main Technical Issues Regarding Problems When Drilling Geothermal Wells.”

United Nation University (Geothermal Training Program) Report (36): 922–26.

Jiasita, O. A. et al. 2015. “Analisis Dan Upaya Dalam Mengatasi Masalah Pipa Terjepit Pada Pemboran Sumur X Lapangan Z JOB Pertamina-Petrochina, East Java.”

Kayode, Ekun S, and Oguogho Lami. 2020. “Evaluation of Differential Pressure Sticking and Stuck Pipe in Oil and Gas Drilling Technology and Its Production Operations.” 7(June): 114–30.

Makuk, Isaac Kipkoech. 2013. “Reducing Geothermal Drilling Problems to Improve Performance in Menengai.” UNU- GTP, Report 16(16): 325–58.

Manurung, Hezron. 2021. “Lapangan AWIBENGKOK.” : 6.

Marbun, Bonar et al. 2016. “Study of Prevention and Mitigation of Stuck Pipe in Geothermal Drilling.” : 1–12.

Muqeem, Muhammad A., Alexander E. Weekse, and Ali A. Al-Hajji. 2012. “Stuck Pipe Best Practices - A Challenging Approach to Reducing Stuck Pipe Costs.” Society of Petroleum Engineers - SPE Saudi Arabia Section Technical Symposium and Exhibition 2012: 756–65.

Nugroho, W. A., S. Hermawan, B. H. Lazuardi, and R. Mirza. 2017. “Drilling Problems Mitigation in Geothermal Environment, Case Studies of Stuck Pipe and Lost Circulation.” Society of Petroleum Engineers - SPE/IATMI Asia Pacific Oil and Gas Conference and Exhibition 2017 2017-Janua(i).

Nyakiti, Nester Ouma. 2016. “A Solution Model for Stuck-Pipe & Fishing Challenges in Geothermal Drilling: A Case of the Olkaria Geothermal Field.” 6th African Rift Geothermal Conference (November).

Oketch, Billy Awili. 2014. “Analysis of Stuck Pipe Incidents in Menengai.” Orkustofnun 9(27): 27. https://orkustofnun.is/gogn/unu-gtp-report/UNU-GTP-2014-27.pdf.

Rabia, H. 1985. “Oilwell Drilling Engineering.” Oilwell Drilling Engineering.

Ramanda, Kalfin., Bayu. Satiyawira, and Ali. Sundja. 2015. “Evaluasi Terjepitnya Rangkaian Pipa Pemboran Pada Sumur ‘ JH -151 ’ Lapangan X DI PT . Pertamina EP.” : 197–203.

Rubiandini, Rudi. 2009. “BAB. V. Bottom Hole Assembly.” : 41–62.

Soeparjadi, Rex Christopher, and Ken Riedel. 2020. 2020 Salak Geothermal Field Asset Development Plan Star Energy Geothermal Salak ( SEGS ), Limited.

Syahputra, Dwiki Anggara Tedi, Didin Chaerudin Irwansyah, and Sulistiyono. 2021. “ANALISA MASALAH DAN SOLUSI HOLE PROBLEMS PADA LAPANGAN PANAS BUMI SUMUR X.” 1(November): 122–27.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.31315/jpgt.v3i2.7415

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.