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  • Dry coating resin systems applied to Adriatic gas well completions


    S. Lightford and E. Pitoni

    Italy has numerous aging gas fields in the Adriatic Sea, producing from 100 offshore platforms. In recent years, it has been standard practice to re-enter fields and develop smaller gas pockets around existing infrastructure. Adriatic work is extensive, with four or five rigs active and an average 40 well completions per year, with more than 100 sand control operations. Outside the Gulf of Mexico and West Africa, the Adriatic is one of the world’s largest sand control areas. Completion designs are complex, mostly cased-hole and dual. Operators complete four to 10 zones in individual wells. Adriatic gas production has featured resin dry-coating systems applied to proppants for two purposes: (1) to help halt fines migration and pore spaces plugging; and (2) to prevent sand production. Success of these coatings has effectively increased gas reserves from gravel pack workovers and new completions. By applying two types of resin dry-coating systems . . .

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