The increasing need for completions to be capable of withstanding higher treating pressures, combined with complex well geometries and cementing requirements, led to the development of a new 4 1/2-in. completion system that includes liner systems to facilitate isolation objectives, and upper completion systems to create a monobore conduit. This new monobore completion system is rated for 15,–KSI target surface treating pressures.

Traditionally, cementing and isolation objectives have been achieved using liners and liner hangers capable of deploying those liners and also isolating the target zone. To achieve a monobore completion design, an integral tieback receptacle (TBR) is used to tie the liner back to surface. The integral TBRs currently used are either too short to enable the necessary tubing movement stroke, or rated too low to enable the required treating pressure.

A solution was developed integrating a lower polished bore receptacle (PBR) below the liner hanger that is capable of withstanding the pressure requirements, and using a compression-set anchoring system to anchor a seal assembly inside the PBR. To account for tubing movement and help reduce mechanical loading on the tubing and upper completions components, a PBR is placed above the compression-set anchor.

This arrangement enables the liner hanger systems to be isolated from treating pressures, which helps remediate limitations associated with traditional completion systems. Considering that the liner hanger is isolated from tubing treating pressures and that the compression-set anchor does not isolate annular pressure, the TBR on the liner hanger is pressure-balanced, no longer exceeding the pressure limit. Furthermore, tubing-casing annulus (TCA) pressure that is normally applied during stimulation can now support the liner hanger and lower tieback seals.

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