Deepwater Hydraulic Well Intervention: A Creative Hybrid Solution

Topics: Offshore Well intervention/recompletion
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This technical paper describes the planning and execution of a multiservice-vessel (MSV) -based hydraulic-intervention campaign in Chevron’s Tahiti field in the US Gulf of Mexico. The five-well campaign was executed incident-free during 2015, delivering a total treatment volume of almost 30,000 bbl, resulting in 8,500‑BOPD gross initial production uplift and cost savings of 85% in comparison with traditional rig-based methods.


The Tahiti reservoirs comprise stacked turbidite sandstone deposits. The three major reservoirs are M-XX, M-YY, and M-ZZ, which account for approximately 82, 9, and 9% of proved reserves in the field, respectively. The M-XX reservoir, of which all intervention candidate wells are a subset, is further separated into two distinct pay intervals, the M-XXA and the M-XXB. Tahiti producers are installed as cased-hole frac-packed completions, with stacked frac packs and commingled production the norm for these M-XXA and M-XXB wells. Of the six “first-oil” production wells, there are two exceptions to this norm; one well (Well 2) was completed in the M-XXA interval only, and another well (Well 5) was completed as a single-trip frac pack across the two M-XXA and M-XXB intervals.

All Tahiti wells are installed with downhole gauges, which, in conjunction with subsea trees and topside instrumentation, allow continuous real-time monitoring of pressure, temperature, and rate-estimate profiles.

This article, written by JPT Technology Editor Chris Carpenter, contains highlights of paper OTC 26984, “Deepwater Hydraulic Well Intervention in Tahiti: A Creative Hybrid Solution,” by J. Beard, J. Boiteau, R. Chauvin, B. Conner, C. Courtois, and T. Theall, Chevron, prepared for the 2016 Offshore Technology Conference, Houston, 2–5 May. The paper has not been peer reviewed. Copyright 2016 Offshore Technology Conference. Reproduced by permission.
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Deepwater Hydraulic Well Intervention: A Creative Hybrid Solution

01 May 2017

Volume: 69 | Issue: 5