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  • Closing the loop on intelligent wells


    W. Going, A. Anderson and G. Vachon

    Automation of individual wells leads to field-wide efficiencies. Intelligent well systems provide options for addressing expected and unforeseen well and reservoir conditions. Increasingly, field operators are realizing the value of using intelligent well systems to remotely monitor the condition of the well and implement real-time or near-real-time control functions. Even greater value can accrue when the subsystems that contribute to the well’s intelligence become more aware of each other and begin to provide well-centric, closed-loop control that improves efficiency and recovery beyond what is presently realized from remote monitoring and control alone. BENEFITS Much of the current focus on smart fields revolves around a reservoir-centric, or slow loop, as shown in Fig. 1. Proving the ability of a closed-loop system to maximize efficiencies and optimize recovery while reducing risk and costs is much easier at the individual well level than for an entire reservoir.

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