Modular Functions of Electronic Frac Sleeve
- Zachary Walton (Halliburton) | Michael Fripp (Halliburton) | Matt Merron (Halliburton)
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- SPE Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition, 30 September - 2 October, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
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- 2019. Society of Petroleum Engineers
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A new electronic sliding sleeve has been developed for hydraulic fracturing that combines the best features of traditional sliding sleeves and plug and perf techniques. This battery-powered electronic sliding sleeve provides the operational efficiency of sliding sleeves in an unlimited number of zones. The firmware, electrohydraulic lock, and electronics package in this new sliding sleeve help enable a range of operational functions for use in hydraulic fracturing.
Traditional sliding sleeves use a series of progressively sized balls that shift sleeves by landing on progressively sized baffles. An electronic sliding sleeve creates a monobore construction with the same inside diameter bore in each sleeve and helps enable treating of an unlimited number of zones. The electronics in the sliding sleeve helps eliminate the mechanical complexity of other monobore fracturing tools. The firmware and electronic package enable a modular approach to electronic sleeve design. Therefore, one frac sleeve chassis design can be used for many of the different types of sleeve tools in the well completion, and the firmware that drives the electronics is modified for each respective type of tool.
Using combinations of the electrohydraulic lock, electronics package, and firmware can enable the design of all the tools necessary to complete a wellbore. The standard firmware, used for a single point entry sleeve, operates by counting the correct number of frac balls. When the correct count is reached, the electrohydraulic lock is released, enabling sleeve movement or zonal isolation deployment. A modification can be made to the firmware to have the tool actuate on the next count, rather than the initial count, and delay the time at which the electrohydraulic lock is released. This type of architecture lends itself to the design of multi-entry sleeves. The sensor can also be eliminated by using the delay feature in the firmware of the electrohydraulic lock, programmed in weeks. This type of architecture also helps enable the design of a toe sleeve.
Having the ability to implement slight modifications to the components that make up the sliding sleeve enables design flexibility and modularity for all sleeve type tools necessary to complete a wellbore. This type of system architecture helps decrease operator risk and ease design constraints while performing multiple functions downhole.
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Merron, M., Walton, Z., and Fripp, M. 2017. Electronic Sliding Sleeve for Unlimited Zone Multistage Completion System. Presented at SPE Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition, San Antonio, Texas. 9-11 October. SPE-187204. 10.2118/187204-MS.
Walton, Z. and Fripp, M. 2018. Reliable Detection and Power in an Electronic Sliding Sleeve Multistage Completion System. Presented at SPE Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition, Dallas, Texas. 24-26 September 2018. SPE-191500-MS. 10.2118/191500-MS.
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