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Merged multilaterals system cuts time, risk

Posted on 14 July 2011 in 2011, Completing the Well, July/August

Inherent risks in component alignment and open-hole exposure time during conventional multilateral casing junction operations spurred the need for an innovative…

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Multilateral completions on rise but still a niche

Posted on 06 July 2011 in 2011, Completing the Well, Features, July/August

Have multilateral completions finally come of age? Proven to maximize reservoir production, horizontal multilateral completions have witnessed growth in numbers and in complexity. However, while these completions have become more prevalent over the past decade, hurdles remain to widespread…

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HPHT completions: always a moving target

Posted on 04 May 2011 in 2011, Completing the Well, May/June

When it comes to pushing the envelope, the oil and gas industry has set a high bar for developing technologies that can transform seemingly unfathomable hurdles…

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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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