TOPICS OF INTEREST
Intervention Work Flow Improves Injection Coverage in Tight Carbonate Reservoirs
The complete paper discusses an advanced matrix-stimulation work flow that brings reliability and flexibility to the acidizing of tight carbonate water injectors and has delivered injectivity improvements tight carbonate onshore reservoirs in the Middle East.
Coiled Tubing Gas Lift Revives Dead Wells in South Pakistan
This paper describes a coiled tubing gas lift (CTGL) technique successfully used to restart production from two pilot wells in a mature field in Pakistan that had been shut in since 2015.
Testing Tool Conveyed by Coiled Tubing Enables Multiple Tasks in One Run
Some well-testing operations are executed by performing multiple runs in hole using slickline and coiled tubing (CT). A technology has been developed that combines many of these operations, including contingency stimulation activities, into one run.
The papers summarized in this year’s feature demonstrate the application and versatility of coiled-tubing-based solutions to different phases of a well’s lifecycle, from exploration through production and, finally, to abandonment.
Integrated Approach Identifies Formation Damage in Unfavorable Conditions
The success of water-conformance operations often depends on clear identification of the water-production mechanism. Such assessment can be complicated significantly when formation damage is also occurring.
Big Data vs. Diverse Data: Confidential Databases Lack Performance Benchmarks
A study by a real-time monitoring company showed that many coiled-tubing strings are retired with a lot of life left in them. It suggested companies could lower costs by using pipe for a longer time and could benefit from multicompany studies showing how their decisions compare to the competition.
Study Explores Mechanisms of Surface Damage on Coiled Tubing
In this paper, the authors study the stress status of CT string held by gripper blocks, the axial force distribution of gripper blocks, and the longitudinal resonance of CT strings in vertical wells.
Factory-Model Approach Improves Performance of Coiled-Tubing Drillout
This paper presents a factory-model approach to improving CT drillout performance that has been used successfully for more than 3 years and has become standard practice.
The coiled-tubing (CT) industry, like other well-intervention segments, has applied lean philosophies to some aspects of its management, operations, processes, and equipment. When it comes to CT application to specific in-well operations, no two wells are the same.
In-Line Quench-and-Temper Technology Applied to CT Improves Safety and Reliability
This paper discusses the advantages of the in-line quench-and-temper (Q&T) process, which enhances overall CT life and reliability by producing tubing with more-uniform microstructure throughout its entire length, increased material strength, and improved bend-fatigue performance.
Isolation Barriers With Coiled Tubing in Plug-and-Abandonment Operations
Plug-and-abandonment (P&A) operations can be expensive, leading to negative net present value. Historically, P&A operations in the North Sea—estimated to hold some 3,000 wells of declining production—were performed with either drilling or workover rigs.
Coiled-Tubing Telemetry Intervention in Shut-In Conditions
When a new horizontal well in Asia was incapable of unassisted flow, coiled tubing (CT) was selected for the perforation and stimulation intervention. Mechanical isolation was required to ensure that the stimulation fluids entered only the new zones.
Underbalanced Drilling With Coiled Tubing in Marginal Shallow Wells
The complete paper describes a recent directional coiled-tubing drilling (DCTD) job completed for an independent operator in the Appalachian Basin.
If the papers presented at the SPE/ICoTA Coiled Tubing and Well Intervention Conference and Exhibition this March are anything to judge by, then coiled-tubing drilling seems to be regaining some interest in the broader market.
Ultradeep-Field Study: Extreme-Underbalanced HP/HT Coiled-Tubing-Conveyed Perforating
An early commitment to integrate MPD into an HP/HT drilling operation can make MPD more than just an enabling tool and turn it into a performance tool that offers significant operational benefits.
Custom-Designed Coiled Tubing Leads to Success in Extended-Reach Operations
Advanced horizontal drilling, multistage hydraulic fracturing, and other technologies have helped make the Vaca Muerta shale oil and gas resource economically viable.
Coiled Tubing With Real-Time-Measurement Tools Helps Overcome Stimulation Problems
The treatment in a deepwater, frac-packed well with fiber-optic-equipped coiled tubing (CT) and a rotating, hydraulic high-pressure jetting tool achieved successful stimulation of a 500-ft-long frac-packed zone after several previous failures using different techniques.
Novel Coiled-Tubing Perforation Technique and Stimulation in Carbonate Gas Well
This paper discusses a novel approach to abrasive perforating, including the first-ever use of an acid-soluble abrasive material and ending with CT-jetting-assisted nitrified stimulation.
Core Drilling Using Coiled Tubing From a Riserless Light-Well-Intervention Vessel
This paper details the planning, design, and execution of a project involving the core drilling of three wellbores using coiled-tubing directional drilling along the future Rogfast tunnel route on the Norwegian coast.
Optimization of Single-Trip Milling Using Large-Diameter Coiled Tubing
Larger-diameter coiled tubing recently has been used to perform millouts because of its improved set-down force and increased annular velocities for cleanout purposes. Service companies and operators have reduced the number of wiper trips when using larger-diameter CT, to save time and money.
Coiled Tubing Applications
The coiled-tubing industry is adapting to the changing environment. The next 12 months could bring greater or lesser volatility but the coiled-tubing industry’s record last year indicates that it will still be moving forward.
Focus on Ancillary Equipment and Fatigue in Coiled-Tubing Deepwater Commissioning
The installation of flowlines in ever-deeper and -more-remote areas requires specific technologies for precommissioning. Coiled tubing can be a solution, but long durations may affect tubing stress and fatigue.
Biocide Treatment Program Reduces Premature Coiled Tubing Failures
A study done to find the root cause of coiled tubing string failures in Montney indicated microbial-induced corrosion, leading the CT service provider to create a biocide treatment program.
Miniaturized Coiled-Tubing System Reduces Costs During Pipeline Decommissioning
This paper presents the challenges and obstacles faced in the use of a new technology for the plugging and deoiling of sections of unpiggable flowlines before decommissioning.
Development of Improved High-Strength Coiled Tubing
Today, there is a need for higher-strength coiled-tubing (CT) grades with better resistance to severe environments and better fatigue performance in both the tube body and the bias weld.
Coiled Tubing Applications
The oil industry has responded rapidly to the decline in oil prices of these last few months.
Microbial-Influenced-Corrosion-Related Coiled-Tubing Failures and Equipment Damage
Microbial-influenced corrosion (MIC) has been implicated in few corrosion-related challenges in the well-service industry in the past.
Coiled-Tubing-Deployed Shutoffs in Alaska With a Polymer Gel and Microfine Cement
A common problem in oil and gas wells is excess free gas or water production from only certain portions of the completed interval.
FeS-Scale Cleanout With High-Pressure Coiled Tubing and Tailored Fluid
The gas-producing carbonate zones of the Ghawar field in eastern Saudi Arabia have been affected by extensive iron sulfide (FeS) scale deposition, reducing overall gas production and increasing risks during well interventions.
Increasing Lubricity of Downhole Fluids for Coiled-Tubing Operations
While increasing coiled-tubing (CT) diameter remains a theoretical option to improve reach, doing so creates logistical challenges.
A New Approach to Coiled-Tubing-Integrity Monitoring
This work will present an object-oriented tracking system that allows CT operators to monitor defects as they evolve over time.
Enhancing Offshore Coiled-Tubing Interventions in Difficult Weather Conditions
Weather conditions aging offshore facilities presented challenges during a monsoon in the South China Sea.
Are we really in an industry that is so mature that it is devoid of new thoughts and incapable of generating new concepts to meet the challenges that we face?
Packer-Leak Repair: Slurry Design and Complex Coiled-Tubing Well Work
A well in the South China Sea was diagnosed by ultrasonic and temperature logging to have a well-integrity problem, forcing the operator to shut in the well because the leak created a high tubing/casing-annulus pressure.
Stuck Coiled Tubing: Risks in a Complex Operating Environment
Sticking the coiled tubing (CT) is a major operational risk when performing a well intervention with CT. Stuck-pipe incidents often result in considerable production delay or, in the worst case, loss of the well.
Low-Frequency Water Hammer for Extended-Reach Applications
Horizontal wellbores typically encounter inefficiencies caused by friction during drilling and completion operations.
Coiled Tubing Applications
There has been remarkable growth in the coiled-tubing industry in North America, resulting largely from the shale revolution. This growth attracted numerous new players into the industry, in addition to the capacity additions made by the existing service providers.
Extending North Sea Asset Operating Life With Large-Diameter Velocity Strings
In the southern North Sea, many fields suffer from declining gas production because of reservoir-pressure depletion and associated liquid loading.
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04 August 2020