cementing | Energy Glossary

Explore the Energy Glossary

Look up terms beginning with:


1. vb. [Drilling]

To prepare and pump cement into place in a wellbore. Cementing operations may be undertaken to seal the annulus after a casing string has been run, to seal a lost circulation zone, to set a plug in an existing well from which to push off with directional tools or to plug a well so that it may be abandoned. Before cementing operations commence, engineers determine the volume of cement (commonly with the help of a caliper log) to be placed in the wellbore and the physical properties of both the slurry and the set cement needed, including density and viscosity. A cementing crew uses special mixers and pumps to displace drilling fluids and place cement in the wellbore.

For more details, see The Defining Series: Well Cementing Fundamentals.

See: bottomhole circulating temperaturebow-spring centralizercasing pointcement headcentralizercheck valveday ratedrilling fluidfloat jointfree wateropenholeplug and abandonreciprocatescratchersurface casingturnkeywait on cement

Photograph of onshore location and cementing equipment.