Designing Well Fluids for the Ormen Lange Gas Project, Right on the Edge
- Stephen R. Vickers (Baker Hughes) | Alistair P. Hutton (Baker Hughes) | Arne Lund (Baker Hughes) | Ian D. McKay (Cleansorb) | Aart Van Kranenburg (Norske Shell) | Jean Twycross (Norske Shell)
- Document ID
- Society of Petroleum Engineers
- SPE Drilling & Completion
- Publication Date
- September 2009
- Document Type
- Journal Paper
- 383 - 389
- 2009. Society of Petroleum Engineers
- 1.8 Formation Damage, 2.4.5 Gravel pack design & evaluation, 4.3.1 Hydrates, 2 Well Completion, 4.1.5 Processing Equipment, 3.4.1 Inhibition and Remediation of Hydrates, Scale, Paraffin / Wax and Asphaltene, 1.6 Drilling Operations, 4.2.3 Materials and Corrosion, 2.7.1 Completion Fluids, 1.6.9 Coring, Fishing, 2.4.3 Sand/Solids Control, 2.4.6 Frac and Pack, 1.11 Drilling Fluids and Materials, 3.2.3 Hydraulic Fracturing Design, Implementation and Optimisation, 4.1.2 Separation and Treating, 5.6.4 Drillstem/Well Testing, 5.2 Reservoir Fluid Dynamics
- completion fluids development, acidizing, gravel pack, hydrate inhibition, mud damage removal
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The challenges in developing the Ormen Lange field were the harsh weather conditions, deepwater depth, subsea topography and subzero seabed temperatures. Due to environmental constraints and the selected sandface completion type, a water-based fluid system was required. This paper discusses the design of the fluids to give full hydrate inhibition, maximize breaker effectiveness, provide low overbalance, and reduce corrosion risk. An extensive research and development program was initiated that spanned over two years. The study included bridging and chemical component selection, brine evaluation, hydrate suppression measurement, elastomers compatibility, extensive breaker treatment studies, formation damage measurements using actual reservoir core and long term corrosion testing. An in-situ generating acid/enzyme breaker treatment deployed in the gravel-pack carrier fluid was developed to optimize filter-cake cleanup while providing a noncorrosive environment for the selected gravel-pack screens and lower completion metallurgy. The basis of design and knowledge gained in the laboratory testing phase was transferred to the field, and the first three wells of the initial development phase have been drilled and completed trouble free. The resulting production rates have met expected targets proving low formation damage and an efficient cleanup was achieved.
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