Hybrid Framework for Enhanced Dynamic Optimization of Intelligent Completion Design in Multilateral Wells with Multiple Types of Flow Control Devices

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Multilateral wells (MLWs) equipped with multiple flow control devices (FCDs) are becoming increasingly favored within the oil sector due to their ability to enhance well-to-reservoir exposure and effectively handle unwanted fluid breakthrough. However, combining various types of FCDs in multilateral wells poses a complex optimization problem with a large number of highly correlated control variables and a computationally expensive objective function. Consequently, standard optimization algorithms, including metaheuristic and gradient-based approaches, may struggle to identify an optimal solution within a limited computational resource. This paper introduces a novel hybrid optimization (HO) framework combining particle swarm optimization (PSO) and Simultaneous Perturbation Stochastic Approximation (SPSA). It is developed to efficiently optimize the completion design of MLWs with various FCDs while overcoming the individual limitations of each optimization algorithm. The proposed framework is further enhanced by employing surrogate modelling and global sensitivity analysis to identify critical parameters (i.e., highly sensitive) that greatly affect the objective function. This allows for a focused optimization effort on these key parameters, ultimately enhancing global optimization performance. The performance of the novel optimization framework is evaluated using the Olympus benchmark reservoir model. The model is developed by three intelligent dual-lateral wells, with inflow control devices (ICDs) installed within the laterals and interval control valves (ICVs) positioned at the lateral junctions. The results show that the proposed hybrid optimization framework outperforms all industry-standard optimization techniques, achieving a Net Present Value of approximately USD 1.94 billion within a limited simulation budget of 2500 simulation runs. This represents a substantial 26% NPV improvement compared to the open-hole case (USD 1.54 billion NPV). This improvement is attributed to more efficient water breakthrough management, leading to a notable 24% reduction in cumulative water production and, consequently, a 26% increase in cumulative oil production.
Original languageEnglish
Article number7189
Issue number20
Publication statusPublished - 21 Oct 2023


  • Olympus field model
  • advanced wells
  • global sensitivity analysis
  • hybrid optimization
  • inflow control devices
  • inflow control valves
  • intelligent completion
  • multilateral wells
  • optimization algorithms
  • proxy modelling


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