Second-generation interval control valves improve performance in harsh environments ///

Advances in exploration and seismic imaging technologies have opened up new opportunities for large, deepwater field developments in the Gulf of Mexico (GOM), offshore Brazil, Asia-Pacific and offshore West Africa. The Lower Tertiary Wilcox trend of the GOM, alone, has seen over a dozen industry discoveries with world-class reserve potential. These are predominantly subsalt reservoirs at 5,000–10,000-ft water depths, with reservoir pressures over 25,000 psi at true vertical depths of 25,000 ft to 33,000 ft. Reservoir temperatures are in the range of 250°–300°F.

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