Mud Logging provides subsurface geological information while drilling a well. Mud Logging examines and analyzes geological information contained information cuttings and drilling mud, to determine if oil and gas are encountered during drilling well. Mud Logging also provides critical safety functions such as determining pore pressure, kick control, and ambient gas monitoring. Mud Logging is used while drilling most exploratory and many development wells, both onshore and offshore.
Mud Logging services have evolved to become the information center for the well and include the electronic monitoring of drilling parameters. These parameters include weight on bit, torque, penetration rate, mud levels, pump speed, and third-party service provider data.
Basic services use a cost-effective Mud Logging unit that provides gas detection to identify potentially productive pay zones and enhance drilling safety. The system is configurable for hydrogen sulfide H2S monitoring. The units are equipped with alarms to alert the user if gas increases or equipment problems occur and work in conjunction with the data logging and drilling penetration rates.