Development and Field Trial of the Well-Lateral-Intervention Tool
- Mohamed N. Noui-Mehidi (Saudi Aramco) | Abubaker S. Saeed (Saudi Aramco) | Haider Al-Khamees (Welltec) | Mohamed Farouk (Welltec)
- Document ID
- Society of Petroleum Engineers
- SPE Production & Operations
- Publication Date
- May 2016
- Document Type
- Journal Paper
- 157 - 162
- 2016.Society of Petroleum Engineers
- lateral window, realtime operations, cased-openhole , intelligent systems, lateral access
- 1 in the last 30 days
- 462 since 2007
- Show more detail
- View rights & permissions
|SPE Member Price:||USD 10.00|
|SPE Non-Member Price:||USD 30.00|
Wells with extended-reach multilaterals have improved reservoir contact and have opened the opportunity for well-placement and -drilling optimization. Since the early 2000s, the number of maximum-reservoir-contact wells has increased substantially, and the benefit of these wells is being realized at the early implementation stage. To enhance the performance of these multilateral wells, intervention operations in the laterals are required. Stimulation, data acquisition, and other operations are required to optimize the production from the laterals; however, accessing the lateral of any wellbore for intervention in a reliable manner is still a challenge. The present paper describes the development of an intelligent, real-time controllable tool, the well-lateral-intervention tool (WLIT), that can identify a lateral junction and steer an intervention/surveillance string into it. The WLIT is designed to be deployed by use of either coiled tubing or e-line (with the help of a well tractor for extended-reach horizontal deployment) for logging and/or stimulation purposes. This application provides the ability to increase the quantity and quality of information collected from the entire well--main bore and the multiple laterals individually--to obtain the best answer. The discussion is dedicated to the development stages of the tool and field-trial-test results. The WLIT has two versions. The first version is called "wired," which accommodates specific logging tools that are compatible with the WLIT design, whereas the second version, "wireless," allows the use of all types of logging-tool strings from any third-party provider. The test results highlight both versions of the tool. The WLIT sensory equipment and the control environment are described, and results from the field-trial tests are presented.
|File Size||1 MB||Number of Pages||6|
Al-Arnaout, I. H., Al-Zahrani, R., Jacob, S. et al. 2007. Smart Wells Experiences and Best Practices at Haradh Increment-III, Ghawar Field. Presented at the SPE Middle East Oil and Gas Show and Conference, Bahrain, 11–14 March. SPE-105618-MS. http://dx.doi.org/10.2118/105618-MS.
Amorocho, J. R., Solares, J. R., Al-Mulhim, A. et al. 2009. Horizontal Open Hole, Dual-Lateral Stimulation, Using a Multilateral Entry with High Jetting Tool. Presented at the SPE Saudi Arabia Section Technical Symposium, Al-Khobar, 9–11 May. SPE-126070-MS. http://dx.doi.org/10.2118/126070-MS.
Antczak, E. J., Smith, D. G. L., Roberts, D. L. et al. 1997. Implementation of an Advanced Multi-Lateral System with Coiled Tubing Accessibility. Presented at the SPE/IADC Drilling Conference, Amsterdam, 4–6 March. SPE-37673-MS. http://dx.doi.org/10.2118/37673-MS.
Artus, V., Durlofsky, L., Onwunalu, J. et al. 2006. Optimization of Nonconventional Wells under Uncertainty Using Statistical Proxies. Comput Geosci 10 (4): 389–404. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10596-006-9031-9.
Boyle, M., Earl, J., and Al-Khadori, S. 2003. The Use of Surface Controlled Hydraulic Interval Control Valves for the Management of Water Production in the Saih Rawl Field, Sultanate of Oman. Presented at the Offshore Technology Conference, Houston, 5–8 May. OTC-15134-MS. http://dx.doi.org/10.4043/15134-MS.
Dahroug, A., Al-Marzooqi, A., Al-Ansari, F. et al. 2003. Selective Coiled Tubing Access into Multilateral Wells in Upper Zakum Field: A Two-Well Case Study from Abu Dhabi. Presented at the SPE/ICoTA Coiled Tubing Conference and Exhibition, Houston, 8–9 April. SPE-81716-MS. http://dx.doi.org/10.2118/81716-MS.
Hovda, S., Haugland, T., Waddell, K. et al. 1996. World’s First Application of a Multilateral System Combining a Cased and Cemented Junction with Fullbore Access to Both Laterals. Presented at the SPE Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition, Denver, 6–9 October. SPE-36488-MS. http://dx.doi.org/10.2118/36488-MS.
Qahtani, A. M. and Dialdin, H. 2009. SS: Advanced Completion Technologies Maximize Recovery. Presented at the Offshore Technology Conference, Houston, 4–7 May. OTC-20136-MS. http://dx.doi.org/10.4043/20136-MS.
Ramakrishnan, T. S. 2007. On Reservoir Fluid-Flow Control with Smart Completions. SPE Prod & Oper 22 (1): 4–12. SPE-84219-PA. http://dx.doi.org/10.2118/84219-PA.
Rivenbark, W. M., Al-Sowayigh, M. I., and Al-Furaidan, Y. A. 2000. A New Selective Lateral Re-Entry System. Presented at the IADC/SPE Drilling Conference, New Orleans, 23–25 February. SPE-59209-MS. http://dx.doi.org/10.2118/59209-MS.
Salamy, S. P., Al-Mubarak, H. K., Hembling, D. E. et al. 2006. Deployed Smart Technologies Enablers for Improving Well Performance in Tight Reservoirs Case: Shaybah Field, Saudi Arabia. Presented at the Intelligent Energy Conference and Exhibition, Amsterdam, 11–13 April. SPE-99281-MS. http://dx.doi.org/10.2118/99281-MS.