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Angola Ultradeepwater Completion Designs Deliver Prolific Production

Topics: Offshore

BP’s largest subsea development, PSVM, is the first ultradeepwater development in Africa and is the most expansive subsea development in the industry to date because of its water depth and geographical spread. It sits in 2000-m-deep water northwest of Luanda, Angola. This paper discusses the keys to the successful delivery and well productivity of the first seven of 40 planned wells of the development.

Introduction

The PSVM development is an ultradeepwater project offshore Angola (Fig. 1). The development will access resources from four fields—Plutao, Saturno, Venus, and Marte—which will be tied back to a single central floating production, storage, and offloading (FPSO) vessel. All 40 of the planned development wells are subsea, in water depths ranging from 1800 to 2050 m. Of the 40 wells planned, 22 are producers and 18 are injectors. All four fields produce from and inject into poorly consolidated Miocene turbidite sandstone reservoirs; consequently, downhole sand control is required for all development wells.

This article, written by Special Publications Editor Adam Wilson, contains highlights of paper SPE 166257, “Angola Ultradeepwater Development: Pinnacle Completion Designs Deliver Prolific Production,” by J.F. Peña, A.Q. Joseph, N. Oakey, B. McNerlin, SPE, and S.A. Ralph, BP, prepared for the 2013 SPE Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition, New Orleans, 30 September–2 October. The paper has not been peer reviewed.
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Angola Ultradeepwater Completion Designs Deliver Prolific Production

01 May 2014

Volume: 66 | Issue: 5

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