Novel Coiled-Tubing Perforation Technique and Stimulation in Carbonate Gas Well

Topics: Coiled tubing Stimulation/acidizing
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Abrasive perforating with coiled tubing (CT) is a technique that has proved to be a valuable alternative to conventional perforating with electric line. The application is particularly valuable whenever a high rate or fracture-stimulation treatment is to follow because of the significant reduction in tortuosity and pumping friction losses across perforations. This paper discusses a novel approach to abrasive perforating, including the first-ever use of an acid-soluble abrasive material and ending with CT-jetting-assisted nitrified stimulation.


Many carbonate gas wells located in the northern section of the Ghawar reservoir exhibit a low-permeability profile and are characterized by having low reservoir pressure. Fracture gradients in a formation in this area of the field are on the order of 1.12 psi/ft, which is considerably greater than that of more-­conventional tight gas formations. One particular well, located on the flank of the reservoir, was designed to be completed with a plug-and-perforate acid-fracturing operation, but issues arose with this option that finally caused the abandonment of the fracturing treatment. To find a solution that would be feasible and economically viable, an innovative perforation and stimulation technique was engineered for this well.

This article, written by JPT Technology Editor Chris Carpenter, contains highlights of paper IPTC 18880, “Novel Abrasive Perforating With Acid-Soluble Material and Subsequent Coiled-Tubing Jetting-Assisted Stimulation Provide Outstanding Results in Carbonate Gas Well,” by Adrian Buenrostro, Nahr Abulhamayel, Usman Malik, Mohammad Bu Suwaileh, and Saad Driweesh, Saudi Aramco, and Alejandro Chacon, José Camilo Jimenez Fadul, and José Noguera, Halliburton, prepared for the 2016 International Petroleum Technology Conference, Bangkok, Thailand, 14–16 November. The paper has not been peer reviewed. Copyright 2016 International Petroleum Technology Conference. Reproduced by permission.
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Novel Coiled-Tubing Perforation Technique and Stimulation in Carbonate Gas Well

01 June 2017

Volume: 69 | Issue: 6