One method of killing a well when there is no drillstring in the hole is the Volumetric Method. The volumetric method uses the expansion of the gas to maintain bottom hole pressure greater than formation pressure. Pressures are adjusted by bleeding off at the choke in small amounts. This is a slow process which maintains constant bottom hole pressure while allowing the gas bubble to migrate to surface under the effects of buoyancy. When the gas reaches surface it is gradually bled off whilst mud is pumped slowly into the well through the kill line. Once the gas is out of the well, heavier mud must be circulated. This can be done with a snubbing unit. This equipment allows a small diameter pipe to be into the hole through the closed BOPs.

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