Intervention-free wells, intelligent completions, automated and selective smart tools—this veritable buzzword bingo several years ago offered the real promise of some advancement but, unfortunately, mostly delivered consistent failure and disappointment. That was a period when the industry was littered with a swath of great technologies, but they were deployed in such a haphazard and almost incoherent way that they were surely doomed to failure from the offset. Although these technologies often were presented as magic-bullet solutions, few of their trials considered the necessary detail of the greater system within which they were deployed and functioned, an approach that ultimately tainted their delivery and results.
That has since changed. In the present day, the industry has developed a deep and healthy respect for systems-engineering processes and the associated full considerations during the deployment and trial of new technologies and techniques. The result of this uptake has been a significant improvement in the successful use and broader deployment of these automating, enhancing, and attractive technology options.
This month, I would like to showcase just a handful of the studies that demonstrate deployment of such solutions within long-established and mature systems where they have been considered in an integrating, sympathetic, and, as a direct result, highly successful way. This overall-system appreciation and consideration has finally allowed these enhancements and technologies to enjoy their newfound and sustained success.
OTC 26736 Remotely Operated Barrier Valve Provides Interventionless Solution for Offshore Vietnam Completion Campaign by Bruce McLeod, Halliburton, et al.
SPE 181070 A Case Study on Remotely Operated Intelligent Bridge Plugs for Plug-and-Abandonment Operations by Zac Suresh Arackakudiyil, Halliburton, et al.
OTC 27222 The Successful Development and Installation of a New Single-Trip Multizone Completion System Developed for the Deepwater Gulf of Mexico Lower Tertiary Formation by Tommy Grigsby, Halliburton, et al.
Offshore Drilling and Completion
Martin Rylance, SPE, Senior Adviser, BP
01 April 2017