The standard slurry densities shown in Table 2 may have to be altered to meet specific operational requirements (e.g. a low strength formation may not be able to support the hydrostatic pressure of a cement slurry whose density is around 15 ppg). The density can be altered by changing the amount of mixwater or using additives to the cement slurry. Most slurry densities vary between 11 – 18.5 ppg. It should be noted that these densities are relatively high when the normal formation pore pressure gradient is generally considered to be equivalent to 8.9 ppg. It is generally the case that cement slurries generally have a much higher density than the drilling fluids which are being used to drill the well. The high slurry densities are however unavoidable if a hardened cement with a high compressive streng this to be achieved.

table 2

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