Abstract

A major Abu Dhabi oil and gas producer targeted an increase in production from their major offshore oilfields. Better optimization of the reservoir through advanced well architecture was considered an option. One way to achieve this objective was through accessibility and hydraulic control of all horizontal drains. Multilateral technology is commonly used to increase the production per well and reduce drilling time while optimizing production facilities. The project targeted multiple reservoirs with two separate laterals to meet reservoir requirements. The application required individual through tubing access for intervention into each lateral. Multilateral technology has been traditionally limited to commingled production with limited or no access to the laterals. To help address and overcome these challenges, the operator planned and installed their first Level 5 multilateral tieback system (MLTBS).

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