This presentation will cover challenges to completing and perforating instrumented completions...completions with gauges, fiber optic, or control lines.
The presentation will clearly identify challenges and solutions to mitigate problems associated with perforating instrumented and smart wells, both vertical and horizontal completions. Cost of unconventional reservoir completion types are significant, and currently the chance of damage/loss of downhole instrumentation equipment during perforating activities is high.
Currently available equipment for orienting and perforating instrumented and smart wells is extremely limited with few personnel knowledgeable on the techniques, proper orientation of tools, and limitations of the equipment. None of the available equipment was specifically designed to provide the information needed for successful perforation operations in instrumented wells.
The presentation will include lab tests, full-scale tests, and field application case histories. Currently available equipment and limitations will be discussed along with new technology being developed by ConocoPhillips with service provider partners that should significantly increase the chance factor for success when completing these expensive instrumented/smart wells.