Abstract

This paper summarizes the challenges faced during the well completion design, planning and execution stages in the "Well-B" located on the "Field-A" offshore Malaysia. In addition, it highlights the modifications and techniques incorporated in the completion design to ensure that the well was delivered flawlessly in terms of HSE and quality.

At the initial planning stage, the proposal on this well was to complete two oil producer sands with active sand control methods, the upper zone with Cased Hole Gravel Pack (CHGP) and the lower zone with Open Hole Standalone Screens (OHSAS), this concept changed after the analysis of the logging while drilling (LWD) output, when the subsurface team decided to complete an additional zone (midzone) with a stacked Cased Hole Gravel Pack.

The well completion operation effectiveness on this well could have been affected by the following challenges:

  • High deviation

  • Multiple sand control techniques in one well

  • Operation and logistic challenges

  • Additional zone expected to be completed with the available inventory

  • Limited resources and time

The team incorporated several techniques into the original completion design to enable the effective execution of these three zones and achieving the overall well objective.

After the well was successfully completed, it became the first highly deviated well in the field with an open hole standalone screens in the lower zone and two cased hole gravel pack in the upper zones with a dual upper completion string.

This well completion will become the benchmark for planning, designing and deploying future wells with similar characteristics and reservoir conditions.

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