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 At two separate press conferences held during the SPE Annual Technical Conference in Denver, Colo., on 23 September, service companies announced the availability of a new internal control valve for deepwater environments, as well as the formation of a global shale technology team.

WellDynamics introduced its HS interval control valve (HS-ICV), which is debris-tolerant and designed for high-pressure, deepwater environments characterized as severe operating conditions. It enables deployment of SmartWell systems in more extreme environments.

The flow trim ensures complete metal-to-metal seal integrity when exposed to heavy wellbore debris. A one-piece valve mandrel design eliminates the potential for wellbore debris to be trapped inside the tool and consequently prevent valve movement. The metal-to-metal flank seal also enables the valve to unload at a maximum differential pressure of 5,000 psi and has been tested for seal integrity at both low and high pressure differentials of up to 10,000 psi.

Service companies announce new valve, shale team at SPE annual meeting

The valve can be used either in simple intervention avoidance applications or in more versatile advanced reservoir management choking applications. For the choking application, the HS-ICV can be accurately positioned using the company’s Accu-Pulse incremental positioning module; alternatively, in dry tree applications, it can be positioned using its surface positioning technology. In either application, optional onboard position sensors track and provide real-time confirmation of the movement of the flow trim.

At a separate press event, BJ Services announced it has formalized its global shale technology team. The team will include experts focused on the research, development and delivery of shale technology solutions to customers operating in shale oil and gas reservoirs throughout the world. It will support BJ’s regional teams currently in place.

“As operators are able to economically produce the deeper, hotter, lower permeability wells, BJ Services has focused more of its efforts on understanding and engineering best practices and technologies to meet new completion challenges,” said Randy LaFollette, BJ manager of shale technology.

The team is based at the corporate Technology and Research Center in Tomball, Texas, and focuses on understanding the reservoir stresses and rock-pore system properties before recommending a fit-for-purpose completion technique. The group works with regional teams in gathering data, performing field studies and developing a network of solutions to the challenges of shale oil and gas reservoirs.

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