NCS Multistage sets world record in 52-stage Permian basin completion


HOUSTON -- NCS Multistage placed 14.1 million lb (6,395 t) of proppant in a 52-stage completion in the Permian basin, a world record for completions using coiled tubing and single-point frac injection. The completion took only five days and was accomplished in a single coiled-tubing trip using NCS' Multistage Unlimited frac-isolation system.

Tim Willems, NCS Multistage COO, said, "This job demonstrated the robustness and efficiency of our coiled-tubing frac system. Fourteen million pounds is a lot of proppant for any kind of multistage completion, and we were able to execute it with a single tool in a single coiled-tubing trip. Just as important, we recorded downhole pressure and temperature data that is proving valuable for evaluating this completion and for optimizing subsequent completions in the formation."

The Multistage Unlimited system combines cemented casing sleeves, which are installed as part of the casing string, with a completion tool assembly that locates each sleeve, isolates it from the wellbore below, and shifts it open for fracturing. Proppant and frac fluid are pumped down the annulus between the coiled tubing and the casing.

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