Casing Shoe

A short, heavy cylindrical section of steel, filled with cement, which is placed at the end (bottom) of the casing string. It prevents the casing from snagging on irregularities in the borehole as it is lowered. A passage through the center of the shoe allows drilling fluid to pass up into the casing while it is being lowered and allows cement to pass through and circulate behind the casing during cementing operations. Also called the guide shoe. When running casing in deeper wells, a float collar is run in addition to a guide shoe.

Source: API BULLETIN E3, Environmental Guidance Document: Well Abandonment and Inactive Well Practices for U.S. Exploration and Production Operations, First Edition, January 1993 (Reaffirmed June 2000). Global Standards


Casing Shoe

A tool joint connected to the bottom of a string of casing designed to guide the casing past irregularities in the open hole; usually rounded at the bottom in shape and composed of drillable materials.

Source: API RP 59, Recommended Practice for Well Control Operations, Second Edition, May 2006. Global Standards

Source: API RP 64, Recommended Practice for Diverter Systems Equipment and Operations, Second Edition, November 2001 (March 1, 2007). Global Standards


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