New gravel-pack and frac-pack system aims to increase completion efficiency


New gravel-pack and frac-pack system aims to increase completion efficiency

HOUSTON -- Baker Hughes announced today the availability of a new gravel-pack and frac-pack system designed to increase operational efficiency by withstanding higher bottomhole temperatures, and to improve production ratings compared to previous sand control systems. The SC-XP gravel-pack and frac-pack system combines field-proven technology and design enhancements. Its new design provides advanced performance in extreme environments, as recently demonstrated during the frac-pack completion of a well in the Gulf of Mexico.

The single-platform SC-XP system can be used for both frac packing and openhole gravel packing. The system incorporates the critical features of field-proven Baker Hughes gravel pack systems, coupled with engineering design enhancements. It can be run into the well up to 30% faster than previous systems. Available in 7⅝-in. and 9⅝-in. sizes, the SC-XP system can operate reliably at temperatures up to 400°F (204°C), treating pressures of 15,000 psi (103.421 MPA), and can convey proppant volumes up to 1,600,000 lb at a rate of 65 bpm, while still preserving casing integrity. The system has undergone extensive erosion and stack-up testing at Baker Hughes technology centers and test wells. The SC-XP system is a Baker Hughes PayZone solution, designed to help operators maximize recovery from their reservoirs.

Baker Hughes recently performed the first commercial frac-pack job with the SC-XP system in the Gulf of Mexico for a major operator in the South Timbalier field. The system was used to frac pack a completion in 7⅝-in. casing, at a depth of 12,600 ft.

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