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Inner-String Cementing
Innovative Equipment and Techniques for Cementing Large-Diameter Casing

Halliburtons inner-string cementing equipment allows

cementing large diameter strings through drillpipe or tubing
that is inserted and sealed in floating equipment. This
method is sometimes less costly than cementing large casing
using the conventional plug displacement method.

In addition to potential cost savings, the inner-string
cementing method provides the following advantages:
Large-diameter cementing plugs are not required.

Method 1 should be performed when using a sealing

adapter and a special baffle collar, float collar, or float shoe
that has a built-in sealing sleeve to provide a receptacle for
the inner-string sealing adapter.
Concrete retains the sealing sleeve and valve within the
floating equipment. The floating equipment concrete top is
tapered to help guide the sealing adapter into the sealing
sleeve. When using this method, a centralizer is on the
inner-string directly above the sealing adapter to help ensure
that the adapter enters into the sealing sleeve properly.

By pumping through the smaller inner string, cement

contamination resulting from channeling inside the
casing can be reduced.
Cement is discharged outside the casing much faster after
mixing, reducing the risk of the cement slurry within the
casing having a highly-accelerated setting time.
Reduces the amount of cement that has to be drilled out
of large-diameter casing.
Less circulating time is required with inner-string cementing.

There are three basic methods available for performing

inner-string cementing. Each relies on Halliburtons proven
line of Super Seal II floating equipment. Methods include
(1) Super Seal II float collar with sealing sleeve, (2) Super
Seal II float collar with sealing sleeve and latchdown seat,
and (3) standard Super Seal II float collar. Super Seal II
equipment offers these benefits:



Reduces cement waste.

Reduces cement drillout time.
Eliminates large-diameter cement plugs.
Reduces slurry placement time.
Drillpipe latchdown plugs are available.

Method 1Super Seal II Float Collar with Sealing Sleeve

Additional equipment indicating ball or latchdown plug

catchers can be used in the inner string to provide
additional wiping or indications while an inner-string
cementing job is performed.


Method 2 is employed when using a sealing adapter and a

special baffle collar, float collar, or float shoe that has a
built-in sealing sleeve with a latchdown plug seat.
The sealing sleeve provides a receptacle for the inner-string
sealing adapter on the top and a smaller bore to latch and
seal the nose of a latchdown plug on the bottom end. This
combination sleeve is molded within the floating equipment
concrete. The concrete is also tapered on top to provide a
stab-in guide for the inner-string sealing adapter.

Method 3 is performed when using an adapter with a flatface seal that will seal on any floating equipment that
contains a flat surface of concrete. You can use this method
to perform inner-string cementing on any standard float
equipment, including Super Seal, PDF, or Super Seal II
equipment having either a 2 3/4- or 4 1/4-in. valve.

After the inner string is retrieved, the latchdown plug serves

as a backup to any backpressure valves that may be located
in the casing string below. Although a backpressure valve is
not absolutely necessary when using a latchdown plug, it
provides a double check against cement backflow.


Pressure may be applied inside the casing immediately after

landing the latchdown plug and the sealing adapter can be
pulled from the sealing sleeve. This inner-string cementing
method is used for cementing the first stage where
equipment, such as a full-opening (FO) cementer, requires
pressuring inside the casing.


Method 3Standard Super Seal II Float Collar

Method 2Super Seal II Float Collar with Sealing Sleeve

and Latchdown Seat
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