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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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Ecuador completions use ICDs to control early water breakthrough, allow uniform drainage

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

Petroamazonas is making the most of its horizontal wells in Ecuador’s Amazon jungle by completing these wells using inflow control devices (ICDs). Awareness of the…

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Reliable expandable connections: Exclusive video

Posted on 08 December 2009 in Completing the Well, Innovating While Drilling, News

Expandables represent one of the most talked-about and hailed technologies in the drilling and completion arsenal, ever since their introduction by Shell…

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Exclusive video: Results of audience surveys at Completions Conference

Posted on 24 November 2009 in Completing the Well, News, The Offshore Frontier

Results of audience surveys at the 2009 IADC Completions Conference held some surprising results…

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Case studies: High-density elastic cements applied to solve HPHT challenges in South Texas

Posted on 15 November 2009 in 2009, Completing the Well, Innovating While Drilling, November/December

Well cementing operations in South Texas tend to present a number of challenges to those responsible for constructing oil and gas wells. For instance, the temperatures…

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