May 2005

Completing water injectors in deep water with sand control is inexact science

From a study of 29 West-of-Shetland injection wells, BP derived simple criteria for making a choice of viable completion solutions in deep water, although the process remains imperfect.
Vol. 226 No. 5 

Deepwater Technology

Completing water injectors in deep water with sand control is inexact science

BP’s case study of 29 West-of-Shetland injection wells yielded some simple criteria for selecting either cased-and-perforated or sand screens as viable completion solutions. Yet, the process remains less than perfect.

Water injection (WI) completions in sand control environments have gained a higher profile within Britain’s West of Shetlands (WoS) area, and the industry in general. No clear consensus exists on an optimum completion design. A variety of completions has been installed. Areas causing particular concern are well longevity and near-wellbore injection conformance, both of which link to producer performance and reserves recovery. A range of injection completions, installed in 29 injection wells drilled in WoS fields, has been studied. Areas examined were completion design parameters and their origins; completion selection; impact of drilling fluid conditioning; formation damage; well clean-up and completion performance in terms of efficiency; injection conformance and life-of-well.


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