Borehole ballooning is a special phenomenon observed during drilling operations in the formation with a narrow safe density window. This phenomenon is easy to be confused with well kick. This study takes a comparison between borehole ballooning and well kick and finds that the essential
distinction is whether the influx of formation fluid happens. TTake the event of 'overflow at well head' as the initial event and draw an event tree with five process events to analyze the reason of “overflow at well head.” Finally, draw a flowchart to identifyborehole ballooning
under the situation of narrow-formation safe density window.
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