Performance of autonomous inflow control completion in heavy oil reservoirs

Eltazy Eltaher, Morteza Haghighat Sefat, Khafiz Muradov, David Davies

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Inflow control devices (ICDs) are a proven technology of increasing reserves by passive control of the influx of fluids into the well. Experience with ICD completions shows that, although they may initially balance influx along the horizontal completion, they often do not offer the optimal solution throughout the well life due to the changing reservoir properties (pressures, fluid saturations and flow rates). Furthermore, the well completion design normally has to be designed prior to drilling the well. This, and the inevitable reservoir uncertainty, results in the ICD completion design being less efficient. A control device which adapts to the unexpected inflow performance autonomously can bring a distinctive advantage. The recently introduced Autonomous Inflow Control Devices (AICDs) favour oil rather than gas and/or water inflow. AICDs can be installed as frequently at 12 m intervals along the completion wellbore. The Autonomous Inflow Control Valve (AICV), a flow control technology that can be designed to virtually shut-off unwanted fluid inflows, takes this unwanted fluid mitigation strategy one stage further. This paper uses reservoir simulation to examine the concept of heavy oil/water production control in advanced Well Completions (AWCs) containing ICDs, AICDs and AICVs. Their performance has been analysed in a range of models to address the effects of heterogeneity, pressure losses and reservoir configuration. Both similar and very significant differences in incremental oil production were achieved between these down-hole Flow Control Devices (FCDs). This paper also developed an oil/water flow modelling workflow for reservoir and well engineering studies by quantifying the value added by the optimal use of this new, down-hole completion technology, providing preliminary completion selection guidelines. Completions that combined the widest range of proactive reactive performance, such as AICVs, were found to be the most efficient at shutting-off unwanted fluid production.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInternational Petroleum Technology Conference 2014
Place of PublicationRichardson, Texas
PublisherSociety of Petroleum Engineers
Number of pages22
ISBN (Electronic)9781613993712
ISBN (Print)9781634398350
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Event8th International Petroleum Technology Conference 2014 - Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Duration: 10 Dec 201412 Dec 2014


Conference8th International Petroleum Technology Conference 2014
Abbreviated titleIPTC 2014
CityKuala Lumpur

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geochemistry and Petrology


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