Video: 100th Intelligent Completion Installation: A Milestone in Brazilian Pre-Salt Development
- Eduardo Schnitzler (Petrobras) | Luciano Ferreira Gonçalez (Petrobras) | Roger Savoldi Roman (Petrobras) | Djalma Atanásio Santos da Silva Filho (Petrobras) | Marcello Marques (Petrobras) | Ricardo Corona Esquassante (Petrobras) | Nilson José Denadai (Petrobras) | Manoel Feliciano da Silva (Petrobras) | Fábio Rosas Gutterres (Petrobras) | Danilo Signorini Gozzi (Petrobras)
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Pre-salt heterogeneous carbonate reservoirs typically present long net pays, high production/injection rates and some flow assurance risks. This paper presents general information, results and lessons learned regarding the installation of Intelligent Well Completion (IWC) in Santos Basin Pre-Salt Cluster (SBPSC) wells. It also presents some important improvements to be introduced in the future IWC systems specification and qualification based on the lessons learnt in these projects, setting some new challenges to the industry.
The benefits expected with the use of IWC are achieved at the expense of challenging well engineering, since well completion design becomes more complex and well construction risks increase. Detailed and integrated planning is essential for the success of the operations, starting at the earliest phases of the well design and continued through detailed execution plans. The use of standardized practices and procedures has led to significant increases on installation performance. On the other hand, an open mind and a constant search for improvements allowed new solutions and procedures to be developed throughout the years. Regarding the system integration, a flexible and standardized control architecture was developed to allow combining different IWC providers and subsea vendors, which proved to be a successful approach.
The most important improvement in IWC installation was the anticipation of the acid stimulation, nowadays performed before the vertical Wet Christmas Tree (WCT) installation. In order to achieve this goal some crucial improvements were gradually implemented in the stimulation practices, such as, an initial injectivity increase solution and some new acid diversion solutions, which allowed eliminating the use of coiled tubing and, as a consequence, the need of a subsea test tree. The well design team conducted an integrated risk assessment to properly evaluate the new practices and establish some actions to reduce the risks. Intense communication between production zones was observed during the acid job in some of the initial wells, ruining the gains of the IWC. After a comprehensive analysis, some possible causes were identified and with the new stimulation practices this issue was eliminated.
Over the years, with the introduction of several improvements, some of them presented in this paper, the well completion duration was reduced to less than 50% of the one observed in the initial wells. This major performance increase has been essential to keep this deepwater projects feasible, especially in the oil scenario seen in recent years. Some of the new practices and lessons learned in this 100 wells equipped with IWC has set groundbreaking practices for Brazilian pre-salt fields development and may stand as a reference for the industry in similar deepwater projects. Additional requirements for future systems are expected to improve even further the performance in this scenario.