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In recent years, slotted liners have become the dominant means for providing sand control in SAGD applications due largely to the technological advancements in slotted liner design and, the simple but robust, low cost producability of slotted liners. Broad adoption of this completion technique has intensified the need to develop rigorous design bases for both flow and structural characteristics of intermediate casing, liners and slot sizing of liners. This article discusses the necessary steps the operator has taken to design, fabricate and install the Tucker Lake horizontal sand control slotted liner program. It also discusses the making of a successful slotted liner program, with a discussion of the unique issues that should be addressed for slotted liner success in thermal service.
Located 30 km northwest of Cold Lake, Alberta in Township 64, Ranges 4 and 5, W4M, is the operator’s Tucker Lake Oil Sands project, Fig. 1.
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