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Sand control case histories: Shape memory polymers, resins, shunt tubes

Posted on 23 March 2011 in 2011, Completing the Well, Features, March/April

Sand, a familiar adversary for drilling and completion engineers, continues to present a major obstacle to well production. It erodes hardware, blocks tubulars, creates downhole cavities and must be removed and disposed of…

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No more silos: Drilling optimization requires integrated workflow

Posted on 28 January 2011 in 2011, Completing the Well, January/February

Optimized drilling is a moving target that demands a careful balance of people, process and technology; holistic approach may also drive…

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Intelligent wells: It’s not all or nothing

Posted on 28 January 2011 in 2011, Completing the Well, January/February

In the increasingly deep and deviated world of oil and gas recovery, state-of-the-art completions technology has pushed the industry into arenas once deemed unreachable. Among the…

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Where simple is never simple, operators aim for simplicity in deepwater, deep-well completions

Posted on 08 November 2010 in 2010, Completing the Well, November/December

Applying completion technology to a well for optimal production is never simple, even if the plan calls for only “basic” temperature…

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ICD completions, optimized cleanup practices maximize productivity for horizontal wells

Posted on 08 November 2010 in 2010, Completing the Well, November/December

When Saudi Aramco switched to oil-based mud (OBM) to drill new horizontal wells with inflow control device (ICD) completions, the operator encountered…

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Responsive, ‘self-healing’ cement technology promises to improve long-term zonal isolation

Posted on 08 September 2010 in 2010, Completing the Well, September/October

A high percentage of the total number of wells worldwide leak or show sustained casing pressure (SCP). Loss of zonal isolation, especially when leaks…

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Open-hole applications testing multi-zone completions, expandable tools to new limits

Posted on 13 July 2010 in Completing the Well, July/August, Videos

Completions have never been simple. But for today’s wells, the industry has had to push the envelope to develop game-changing technologies to operate in increasingly complex…

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HPHT completions demand wider operating window for equipment, recognition of reservoir parameters

Posted on 30 April 2010 in 2010, Completing the Well, May/June

Despite the myriad challenges that the industry faces when dealing with difficult high-pressure, high-temperature (HPHT) reservoirs, a couple of existing factors in HPHT…

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RFID, open-hole packers advancing well interventions; gaps remain in subsea, batteries

Posted on 24 March 2010 in 2010, Completing the Well, March/April

Exploration drilling may rise and fall with the price of oil, but the clock is not stopping for well intervention. In fact, some believe a cost-conscious…

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In GOM deepwater completions, sand control is big hitter that industry is still trying to master

Posted on 04 February 2010 in 2010, Completing the Well, January/February

The bounty of rich hydrocarbons that lies deep beneath the ocean floor holds great promise for an industry that is continually searching for new production frontiers. But tapping…

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