Advanced wells: How to make a choice between passive and active inflow-control completions

V. M. Birchenko, F. T. Al-Khelaiwi, M. R. Konopczynski, D. R. Davies

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    Horizontal and multi-lateral wells allow oil and gas companies to maximise contact with reservoir quality rock in either a single reservoir or multiple reservoirs. However they do not, by themselves, guarantee optimum reservoir drainage. Premature water or gas breakthroughs frequently occur due to: Reservoir permeability heterogeneity, Variations in distance between the wellbore and the fluid contacts, particularly in compartmentalized reservoirs, Variations in reservoir pressure in different regions of the reservoir penetrated by the wellbore. • Pressure drop along the completion's flow path due to friction ("heel-toe" effect). Many such well and reservoir management problems can be mitigated by installation of downhole flow control devices -"Active" Interval Control Valves (ICVs) and "Passive" Inflow Control Devices (ICDs). ICVs were initially employed for controlled, commingled production from multiple reservoirs; while ICDs were developed to counteract the "heel-toe" effect. The variety of reservoir applications for both technologies has proliferated so that their application areas now overlap. Appropriate selection between an ICV and an ICD completion can be both a complex and a time consuming process. This paper compares the functionality and applicability of the two technologies. Completion Design selection guidelines are developed based on multiple criteria drawn from reservoir, production, operation and economic factors. Reservoir engineering aspects, such as uncertainty management, formation heterogeneity, and the level of flexibility required by the development are analyzed. Production and completion characteristics, such as tubing size, the number of separately controllable completion zones, the installation of multiple laterals and the value of real time information were also investigated. This systematic analysis forms the basis of a screening tool to identify the optimum technology for each particular situation. This study provides a robust, comparative framework for both production technologists and reservoir engineers to select between passive and active flow control for optimised, advanced well completions. Copyright 2008, Society of Petroleum Engineers.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationSPE Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition, ATCE 2008
    Number of pages15
    Publication statusPublished - 2008
    EventSPE Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition 2008 - Denver, CO, United States
    Duration: 21 Sept 200824 Sept 2008


    ConferenceSPE Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition 2008
    Abbreviated titleATCE 2008
    Country/TerritoryUnited States
    CityDenver, CO


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