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Packer-Leak Repair: Slurry Design and Complex Coiled-Tubing Well Work

A well in the South China Sea was diagnosed by ultrasonic and temperature logging to have a well-integrity problem, forcing the operator to shut in the well because the leak created a high tubing/casing-annulus pressure. Through-tubing well work was used because it is more economical than a full workover, particularly for wells in a mature field with depleted reserves. Enhanced and optimized cement slurry was engineered with a well-work approach that specified acoustic fluid-level monitoring. The packer leak was repaired successfully.

Introduction

This oil and gas field is 260 km from Kerteh, Malaysia. Discovered in 1971, first oil production was in 1978. The field is in the southeastern part of the Malay basin at an average water depth of 70 m. The field contains both gas and oil reservoirs.

In August 2002, communication was observed between the production casing and tubing of the subject well, indicating a leaking production packer. Four major attempts to correct the problem were conducted, all unsuccessful. The first attempt was in February 2003 by bullheading calcium carbonate (CaCO3) into the annulus. This procedure was attempted again in May 2003. In August 2007, a coiled-tubing (CT) unit was used to spot cement inside the production tubing and displace it into the annulus through a gas lift mandrel to the top of the packer. Another cementing job was attempted in December 2008, through the same gas lift mandrel.

This article, written by Dennis Denney, contains highlights of paper IPTC 17091, “Extending Mature-Well Life by Innovative Slurry Design and Complex Coiled-Tubing Well Work,” by M. Hairi A. Razak, Aulfah Azman, SPE, and Haryat Timan, Petronas, and M. Heikal Kasim, SPE, and M. Fakhrurazi Ishak, Schlumberger, prepared for the 2013 International Petroleum Technology Conference, Beijing, 26–28 March. The paper has not been peer reviewed. Copyright 2013 International Petroleum Technology Conference. Reproduced by permission.
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Packer-Leak Repair: Slurry Design and Complex Coiled-Tubing Well Work

01 November 2013

Volume: 65 | Issue: 11

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