Well completion of future HP/HT fields are posing great financial and technological challenges to operators and service companies alike. Field proven equipment already exists to develop such fields but financial and system optimisation is now the driving force behind technological advances. This optimisation drive linked to the overriding HP/HT completion philosophy of keeping completion procedures simple and efficient indicated the requirement of a hydraulic set, retrievable production packer.

This paper looks at HP/HT completion design concepts and equipment qualification concentrating on new technologies being developed and qualified for the production packer. The process of identifying the requirement through to full scale prototype qualification is described.

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