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High-Power ESP Tubing-Hanger Connector for Deepwater Downhole Applications

Topics: Artificial lift

Reliability of subsea equipment is an indispensable requirement in deepwater applications. Tubing-hanger (TH) -connector systems can be a critical failure mode for electrical submersible pumps (ESPs) in high-pressure/high-temperature (HP/HT) environments. Through use of reliability tools such as fault-tree analysis (FTA), failure-mode effect and criticality analysis (FMECA), and systems reliability block diagrams (RBD), it was established that improving the reliability of the TH-connector system has a direct effect on the unintervened life of the ESP electrical system.

Project Basis of Design

A joint development project between the operator and the connector-system supplier focused on the design, installation, and intervention of downhole ESPs in deepwater subsea wells in the Lower Wilcox developments in the Gulf of Mexico. The system design encompasses the ESP completion, subsea wellhead, tree, TH, and power and control system. The system design criteria are for 8,000‑ft water depth and a 14-mile tieback (Fig. 1 above).

This article, written by Special Publications Editor Adam Wilson, contains highlights of paper OTC 24138, “Reliable High-Power ESP Tubing-Hanger Connector Systems for Deepwater Downhole Applications,” by Sami Spahi, Teledyne Oil and Gas, and Pamela Parsley, Chevron Energy Technology Company, prepared for the 2013 Offshore Technology Conference, Houston, 6–9 May. The paper has not been peer reviewed. Copyright 2013 Offshore Technology Conference. Reproduced by permission.
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High-Power ESP Tubing-Hanger Connector for Deepwater Downhole Applications

01 July 2014

Volume: 66 | Issue: 7

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