Abstract

Running coiled tubing can be an effective tool to deliquify gas wells, but this practice was discontinued in early 2000 in ConocoPhillips Lobo Field in South Texas because of problems experienced due to CO2 corrosion with standard coiled tubing metallurgy. Since 2004, ConocoPhillips has installed 90 corrosion resistant coiled tubing velocity strings as an alternative to conventional carbon steel coiled tubing. These installations have yielded 5 mmcfd in incremental gas rate and the change to a corrosion resistant metallurgy has drastically reduced the high failure rate and costly workovers that resulted from previous carbon steel installations. Various key learnings including candidate selection criteria and future application recommendations will be presented in addition to representative well types and production profiles. Metallurgy comparisons, post-use inspection findings and full-cycle cost implications will also be presented.

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