Offshore well intervention with coiled tubing (CT) in the Niger Delta has traditionally been rig-based. Experience has shown this type of activity to have high cost implication both cash wise as well as in time. With the current focus on development of offshore marginal fields, it has become imperative to perform well intervention operations at a more reduced cost to the operator.

Non-rig based interventions can provide an economic advantage. However, inadequate facilities on existing offshore platforms and jackets present additional challenges. Furthermore, performing well intervention from a supply vessel is definitely not a mean task. Despite the complexity of this type of activity, the cost savings for not mobilizing a rig usually makes small intervention work that would increase oil production attractive to operators from the standpoint of ROI, vis-à-vis comparing the cost of the total intervention to the projected production gains. To the smaller operators and marginal field developers, this opens up a world of opportunities.

This paper explores these opportunities and discusses how they are being exploited to yield optimum benefit for the marginal producer. The success of carrying out various types of well intervention work on four wells (two dual completions and two single completions) is showcased as case histories.

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