Fifteen Years of Expandable-Sand-Screen Performance and Reliability
- Ismarullizam Mohd Ismail (Tendeka) | Martin W. Geddes (Weatherford)
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- Society of Petroleum Engineers
- SPE Drilling & Completion
- Publication Date
- June 2014
- Document Type
- Journal Paper
- 141 - 149
- 2014.Society of Petroleum Engineers
- 2.4.5 Gravel pack design & evaluation, 2.4.3 Sand/Solids Control
- ESS, sand control, reliability, completion, expandable sand screen
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Expandable-sand-screen (ESS), a technology concept envisaged by Shell and initially developed by Petroline, was first field trialed in 1997 with the idea that eliminating the annulus between the sand screen and wellbore would improve downhole sand control and allow enhanced reservoir performance and management. By the end of 2012, ESS was installed in 677 wells, with 418,184 ft of screen deployed globally. As such, ESS has matured as a viable sand-control technology combining openhole-gravel-pack functionality with the installation simplicity of a standalone-screen (SAS) completion. With performance, reliability, and long-term well life expectancy of paramount importance to field-development economics, an extensive internal installation database has been maintained for Weatherford’s ESS systems. Over the past 15 years, observation and analysis of design, planning, field implementation, and useful life cycle have been documented in this database. This performance insight provides the foundation for future reliability and has been used to identify learning opportunities, influencing the product evolution and technology-application envelope. With performance and reliability analysis provided and discussed in detail, the applicable ESS envelope is outlined. Product design enhancement, methodical application evaluation, and rigorous operating procedures result in improved successful use. Analysis of both infant and production failure trends are presented and show improvement. These data are used to estimate future life predictions by use of recognized reliability-analysis tools. The applicability of ESS in openhole wells is highlighted, with continuing performance in oil producers, gas producers, water injectors, and underground-gas-storage applications. There are various sand-control technologies successfully used in reservoirs around the globe. This study outlines the applicable envelope for ESS use, providing insight to enable informed evaluation, life-of-well risk appraisal, and, ultimately, reliable sand-control-completion selection for existing or new field-development appraisal.
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