The treatment in a deepwater, frac-packed well with fiber-optic-equipped coiled tubing (CT) and a rotating, hydraulic high-pressure jetting tool achieved successful stimulation of a 500-ft-long frac-packed zone after several previous failures using different techniques. By using CT equipped with fiber optics and downhole measurement tools, engineers were able to perform a data-driven operation based on real-time bottomhole measurements and distributed-temperature surveys. This successful treatment improved productivity by 75% compared to the well before treatment.
Diagnostic work indicated that a well had considerable skin and flow impairment. Several acid treatments had been bullheaded into the well since initial completion. The treatments were ineffective, either producing no material results or producing only short-lived improvements with a quick return to original conditions.
Slickline diagnostic work conducted on the well indicated the possible presence of a mechanical obstruction or fish of some sort near the bottom of the lower lobe of a sand package in the well. However, lacking correlated depth measurements, it was unclear whether this obstruction was below the entire producing zone or high enough to obstruct some of the lower screen section.
The formation consists of two lobes of one sand package at an approximate angle of 33°. On the basis of log data and core samples, the permeability of the formation across these lobes was highly variable. On the basis of that variability, it was believed that the most likely scenario was that the upper portion of the lower lobe was the highest-conductivity region of the completion and that the previous acid treatments had mostly been stimulating that portion of the well to the detriment of other areas. It was believed that the more-laminated-looking pay in the upper lobe, in particular, was underperforming....
Coiled Tubing With Real-Time-Measurement Tools Helps Overcome Stimulation Problems
01 June 2017