Abstract

With increasing energy demand, cost optimization and environmental challenges; using smart techniques to produce multiple reservoirs in a single well is a much welcomed concept. Intelligent completions have been proven to be an efficient reservoir management tool and Shell Nigeria (SPDC) has tapped on this innovative technology to optimize production enhancement in one of its fields.

In this paper an overview of the deployment of the first onshore intelligent well technology in one of the largest field in the Western Swamp area in Nigeria will be reviewed. The well is a part of the Nembe Creek Phase-1 campaign and serves as a pilot for the Phase-2 Smart Well campaign planned for 2013. This paper in detail describes the innovative techniques deployed and benefits of this smart completion are discussed with particular reference to Well A-1

SPDC's 1st smart completion was completed in May 2012. It consists of three (3) intervals - having one of the longest intervals perforated in SPDC (374ft cum length) which was perforated in a single trip system. This well also sets a trend worth replicating as it recorded the best completions installation time amongst competition in Nigeria. This was achieved by effective team work & thorough upfront planning.

The paper will highlight details of the well design, installation/surface equipment hook up in addition to the well clean up and performance monitoring strategy. The paper also highlights lessons learned at each phase of the well project and describes how those lessons will be applied to ensure the next phase of intelligent completion system planned in the field will be implemented to ensure sustained success in smart well technology in Shell Nigeria.

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