Abstract

JACOS’ Hangingstone Demonstration Project has been in operation since 1999. The company has used the 10,000 bbl/D facility as a foundation for learning and refining SAGD processes and operations. The 24 operational well pairs, with 15 years of production has provided valuable insight into the performance of different liner completion types and operational control mechanisms. Data from the Demo project has provided the basis for a liner test strategy and liner design for application at JACOS’ Phase 1 Hangingstone Expansion project. First steam is expected in late 2016.

All of the 24 operating well pairs at the Demo project have concentric tubular designs, but varying liner completion types. One well pair is completed with MeshRiteTM, 13 well pairs with wire wrap screens and 10 well pairs are completed with slotted liners of varying slot sizes. With a relatively strong surveillance program, the flow distribution (inflow), subcool control, hydraulics and operability for each of the well pairs were carefully analyzed. The performance of wells with MeshRite, wire wrap screen and slotted liners will be presented. The analysis provided insight into what was successful in the field and provided a strong basis for the test design.

As part of the expansion project, field performance data from the six phases of the Demo project, coupled with particle size analysis, flow testing and thermal performance analysis, guided JACOS to select slotted liners for all injector wells. For the producers, 27 wellbores were completed with wire wrap screens and five wellbores with MeshRite liners, for a total of 32 well pairs. This comprehensive study incorporated field learnings, operational successes, and a comparison between the flow test observations and field observations. Finite element analysis and specialized drilling mud contributed to liner installation success for the Hangingstone Expansion.

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