Intelligent completions: A decade of innovation revolutionizes the industry ///

This year marks the tenth anniversary of the first installation of a hybrid electro-hydraulic well completion technology that integrated real-time pressure and temperature sensing, using permanent downhole gauges, with downhole, remotely-operated, flow-control devices. The proprietary system, called SCRAMS, was capable of multiplexing an almost unlimited number of zones. The well was operated by Saga in Snorre field in the North Sea. How has the market received this technology? What are the ever-expanding applications for the technology? It is appropriate to contemplate how the technology might meet operators’ demands for a more commoditized—yet more customized—system that delivers everything they want, rapidly, with a low price tag. Four months after its installation, the prototype failed—but four months was long enough to demonstrate the feasibility of the system and its potential to deliver significant value. During the next six years, the ensuing applications of intelligent well technology—completions providing downhole flow control, with or without downhole sensing . . .

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