Abstract

Challenges associated with horizontal wells production in a barefoot or only standalone screen are well documented in the industry. Inflow control devices have been around for years and have been the answer to mitigate the challenges typically associated with heterogeneity in horizontal wells, as was applied in an offshore brown field in East Malaysia, Field S. However, as the field gets more mature, increasing production challenges posed by the reservoir leads to conventional passive inflow control device solution becoming less effective. Over time, as water production from the reservoir increases due to the rise of aquifer column, new infill wells have to be completed shallower and closer to gas oil contact to maximise recovery leading to risk of high gas production. The risk is further compounded by uncertainty in the fluid contacts in a complex dipping reservoir.

In order to mitigate these challenges, Autonomous Inflow Control Device (AICD) was selected for Field S infill wells to control excessive gas production anticipated due to the wells placement. AICD's ability to choke production based on the fluid properties allows for improved flow control together with influx balancing from segmentation into compartments by swellable packers. In total, seven (7) horizontal wells were completed in an infill drilling campaign in Field S, with the wells placed at around 5 m from prognosed gas oil contact. AICD was installed with premium sand screen and swellable packers in the wells’ lower completion and has managed to control excessive gas production while enabling production at the targeted oil rate.

This paper describes the implementation of AICD in Field S infill drilling campaign with challenges of complex dipping reservoir and fluid contact uncertainty. The workflow to investigate the feasibility of the candidate and the completion design process will be discussed. Well modelling (nodal analysis) using production data was performed to characterise the well performance and to understand the impact of AICD in controlling gas and inflow of producing fluid into the producing horizontal section.

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