The production of oil from horizontal wells in thin rims sandwiched between gas and water is notorious for coning problems. There is a strong tendency for early gas or water breakthrough at the heel, especially if the pressure drop over the length of the well is in the same range as the drawdown. We present two conceptual solutions to counteract the negative effect of well bore pressure drop through the application of downhole measurement and control. One solution concerns inflow switching in a segmented well bore and allows for coning control after breakthrough has occurred. The other solution aims at preventing breakthrough as long as possible. This is achieved by flattening the drawdown profile along the well through controlling inflow at one or more points in an extended stinger. The feasibility of the solutions was demonstrated through numerical simulations over a range of reservoir and well bore parameters. Implementation would require further development of downhole water and gas detection capabilities.

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