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Application of Multizone Water Injection Downhole Flow Control Completions With Fiber-Optic Surveillance

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This article focuses on the completion design of a multiple-zone water-injection project (MZWIP) that was initiated in 2016 in the Azeri-Chirag-Gunashli (ACG) fields in the Azerbaijan sector of the Caspian Sea. The MZWIP has ultimately proved a unique method of using intelligent completion interval-control valves (ICVs) in place of traditional sand-control completions.

Four years after MZWIP implementation, nine wells with a total of 25 zones are injecting at required rates with zonal-rate live reporting across all five ACG platforms. To achieve the multizone injection facility, the requirement for a standard ACG sand-control injector design was discounted and a nonstandard sand-management control technique developed using a cased and perforated (C&P) and downhole flow-control system (DHFC). During this program, BP ACG has successfully installed the world’s first 10,000-psi four-zone inline variable-choke DHFC wells with full surveillance across each zone including pressure, temperature gauges, and fiber-optic distributed temperature sensors (DTS).

The development of this MZWI solution has significantly changed the ACG development plan and has been quickly expanded across all five ACG platforms. Accessing up to four zones in the same wellbore, this C&P DHFC well design is accelerating major oil volumes and will significantly reduce future development costs, maximizing wellbore utility in a slot-constrained platform. This could not be achieved by drilling more single-zone C&P injectors as it would erode business value through platform slot use, additional well costs, and slowing down field development. Multizone injection, therefore, became a necessity.

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Application of Multizone Water Injection Downhole Flow Control Completions With Fiber-Optic Surveillance

Jonathon Joubran, Halliburton

01 August 2020

Volume: 72 | Issue: 8

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