Intelligent-Well Completion in the Troll Field Enables Feed-Through Zonal Isolation
- Chris Carpenter (JPT Technology Editor)
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- Society of Petroleum Engineers
- Journal of Petroleum Technology
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- September 2013
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This article, written by JPT Technology Editor Chris Carpenter, contains highlights of paper SPE 160060, "First Intelligent-Well Completion in the Troll Field Enables Feed- Through Zonal Isolation: A Case History," by Bjorn Olav Dahle, Statoil, and Peter E. Smith, Geir Gjelstad, and Kristian Solhaug, Halliburton, prepared for the 2012 SPE Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition, San Antonio, Texas, USA, 8-10 October. The paper has not been peer reviewed.
Statoil, operating the Troll field in the Norwegian sector of the North Sea, wished to run a deep sidetrack from the main bore in a multilateral well that would exit through the liner in the reservoir. Several zonal-isolation methods had been evaluated, but on the basis of previous experience Statoil decided to use swellable-packer technology. Testing revealed that this type of completion would exceed the necessary requirements. The installation was performed from a semisubmersible rig ahead of plan.
The Troll field lies approximately 65 km west of Kollsnes, near Bergen, Norway. Although the field historically has produced large amounts of oil, it is now primarily a gas producer and contains approximately 40% of the total gas reserves on the Norwegian continental shelf. The gas reservoirs, which are 1400 m below sea level, are expected to produce for at least another 70 years.
The massive Troll A platform produces gas, while Troll B, a floating process and accommodation platform with a concrete hull, and Troll C, a floating process and accommodation platform with a steel hull, produce from thin oil-bearing layers in the Troll West reservoir. The thin oil layer is between 22 and 26 m thick in the Troll West oil province and is between 11 and 13 m thick in the Troll West gas province. In order to recover oil from the thin layer, it has been necessary to develop advanced drilling and production technology. All of the more than 110 production wells to be drilled are horizontal wells. This process requires two-phase drilling.
The first phase drills down to the reservoir, 1600 m beneath the sea bottom, and then the second phase drills to 3200 m in a horizontal direction through the reservoir. Twenty-eight of the wells are multilaterals that have two or three horizontal laterals.
The well in question faced several challenges normally not seen in Troll multilateral completions, including standalone-screen completion with zonal isolation, well paths with doglegs and a completion total depth (TD) of more than 6000 m, top completion with zonal isolation and zonal control for four zones, and the need for dual pressure and temperature monitoring for all oil zones.
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