Hydraulic multi-drop control redefines IC economics ///

In an area of advancing technical complexity, an intelligent completion (IC) system that simplifies control issues and reduces cost can help an otherwise high-capital investment solution migrate into low-capex environments, such as brownfields. The most recent innovation for ICs – a hydraulic, multi-dropped, intelligent completion system – has inspired marginal field development operators to deploy ICs to maximize production, and reduce initial and overall life cycle costs for wells. This new offering is unique, in that it allows multiple-flow control valves to be independently operated from a single, hydraulic control line. When integrated with reliable measurement devices, it provides more reliability with less complexity for reservoir and production management. Additionally, technology is under development that will integrate safety valves into the same single-line, multi-dropped, hydraulic control system.

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