Beginning in year 2000 ConocoPhillips China Inc. has successfully been developing the remaining reserves of the Xijiang fields in the South China Sea through the use of a cost effective low risk multilateral re-entry program. In mature fields with platforms slot constrained multilateral technology provides a solution that allows for full bore access to the lateral while maintaining the value of the existing well bore production thereby increasing ultimate recovery. Through the use of multilateral technology ConocoPhillips gained the additional benefit of minimizing hole collision problems in cluster wells. A very routine level 4 multilateral junction system has been used repetitively and successfully adding value to the overall project. See Fig. 1.
Figure 1

Primary Level 4 (StarBurst™ system) MLT components

Figure 1

Primary Level 4 (StarBurst™ system) MLT components

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