Limited-Entry Liner With Retrievable Ball-Drop Diversion System in a Deepwater Brazil Field

Topics: Offshore
Fig. 1—Field location, Campos basin, Rio de Janeiro State, Brazil.

This paper describes the design, testing, and execution of a unique deepwater completion system that adapts a known multistage ball-drop system used in onshore unconventional reservoirs—for example, in the US and Canada—to a known horizontal openhole sand-control system to matrix acidize a 2000-m horizontal open hole effectively through a limited-entry liner with reservoir segmentation. The system uses a retrievable ball-drop diversion system (RBDDS) consisting of multistage fracture sleeves run on wash pipe.


Low-permeability deepwater carbonate reservoirs have presented many challenges for economical production. The wells typically require extensive reservoir contact that must be stimulated in order to achieve an acceptable productivity index. Field A of the Albian carbonate in the Campos basin offshore ­Brazil falls into this challenging category (Fig. 1 above). The field is mature, having been on production since the early 1990s from various Eocene sandstone reservoirs. Initially, the field was produced under depletion by an early production system up to the late 1990s. Then, in the early 2000s, a field redevelopment was performed and production was restarted in 2003 to a floating production, storage, and offloading vessel (FPSO), now with water-injection support. The Quissama member of the Al­bian Macae formation in the Campos basin underlies the existing Eocene reservoirs but has not been produced to date. To help extend field life and to evaluate the production potential of this formation, a development/appraisal well was planned to be completed and hooked up to the FPSO and the subsea infrastructure. The Albian carbonate below Fields A and B lies in 769 m of water and exhibits low permeability.

This article, written by JPT Technology Editor Chris Carpenter, contains highlights of paper IPTC 18113, “Unconventionals Meet Deep Water: Lower-Completion Limited-Entry Liner With Retrievable Ball-Drop Diversion System Applied in a Deepwater Brazil Carbonate Field,” by M.A. Fowler, R.D. Gdanski, P. Campbell, W. Bode, J.M. Baima, and S. Hensgens, Shell, prepared for the 2014 International Petroleum Technology Conference, Kuala Lumpur, 10–12 December. The paper has not been peer reviewed. Copyright 2014 International Petroleum Technology Conference. Reproduced by permission.
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Limited-Entry Liner With Retrievable Ball-Drop Diversion System in a Deepwater Brazil Field

01 April 2015

Volume: 67 | Issue: 4


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