Water shut-off treatment (WSOT) using through tubing bridge plug (TTBP) in open hole completion has been employed for the first time in a dead horizontal well in one of the onshore fields in Saudi Arabia. It was successfully applied by setting an inflatable bridge plug (TTBP) in the 6 1/8" open hole at 10,600 ft at 88 ° and capping it with cement and gel using coiled tubing (CT).

Historically, it has been difficult, if not possible, to perform mechanical water shut-off in open horizontal well, as inflatables are quite sensitive to be set in open hole. This paper shows that this type of water shut-off in open hole is feasilble and very effective. This will open the doors to apply similar techniques to liven dead horizontal wells in other fields.

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