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Coiled Tubing Application
John Misselbrook, SPE, Senior Advisor Global Coiled Tubing, Baker HughesThe coiled-tubing (CT) industry has experience unparalleled growth in the past year, driven directly by the massive expansion in multistage-fracturing operations in North America. Various sources estimate that the US consumed 50% of the world’s CT in the past 12 months, helping to contribute to a massive 80% growth in product coming off the CT production lines.
Coiled Tubing Reduces Stimulation Cycle Time by More Than 50% in Multilayer Wells in Russia Traditionally, coiled tubing (CT) has had very limited service diversity in Russia. Its use has been mostly limited to wellbore cleanouts and nitrogen kickoffs after fracturing treatments. CT equipment and technologies were used to supplement stimulation operations in one of the world’s largest oil fields, Priobskoye, which has up to five separate layers per well. [...]
Downhole Mixing Technique Facilitates Pinpoint Fracturing in Eagle Ford Shale The increased demand for natural gas from shale plays in the United States has forced the industry to be more efficient and develop innovative methods for fracture-stimulation optimization. Pinpoint-fracturing methods represent a divergence from the conventional methods, with minimal optimization needed to help maximize reservoir volume. Multiple-interval completions can be performed efficiently so that all [...]
Targeted Fracturing Using Coiled-Tubing-Enabled Fracture Sleeves Unconventional reservoirs are an increasingly important part of the hydrocarbon production pool in North America. Because reservoir conditions typically require hydraulic fracturing for economical production, a significant amount of resources are focused on making the fracturing process faster and more efficient and on lowering its environmental impact. A novel technique to create targeted annular hydraulic [...]