Inflow and Injection Control Devices (ICDs) | Schlumberger

Inflow and Injection Control Devices (ICDs)

Balance flow across the entire completion interval

ResFlow inflow control devices (ICDs) and ResInject injection ICDs help maintain uniform inflow and injection rates, respectively, across the entire length of the interval in openhole completions, even in the presence of permeability variations and thief zones.

Combined with the strength and accuracy of Schlumberger screens, they give you an intelligently integrated flow management system that regulates itself without the need for downhole telemetry.

Inflow and Injection Control Devices
Inflow and Injection Control Devices

Improve hydrocarbon recovery by delaying water and gas breakthrough

Produced fluid enters the production tubing through the ICD. In high-permeability or high-pressure zones, the higher fluid velocity causes the ResFlow ICD to exert higher backpressure than in less productive zones. Consequently low-productivity zones are stimulated to produce more than in conventional screen completions, minimizing the risk of bypassing reserves and increasing hydrocarbon recovery.

Moreover, the ICD dramatically reduces water and gas rates when these breakthrough phases have higher mobility than the oil.

Introducing ResFlow ICDs Transitions Wells from 100% Water Production to 70% Oil Production
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Inflow and Injection Control Devices

Eliminate the need to run washpipe

The ResFlow CV check-valve ICD enables well cleanup (fluid displacement) and packer setting without the need to deploy washpipe. The check-valve assembly, which includes a ceramic nozzle, a ceramic or aluminum ball, and an aluminum plate, is used instead of the standard ResFlow ICD nozzle assembly within the ICD housing. The check-valve assembly prevents fluid loss through the nozzles during washdown and then controls the flow of hydrocarbons during production in the same way as a conventional ResFlow ICD.
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Inflow and Injection Control Devices

Maximize sweep efficiency in waterflood systems

During injection applications, fluid flows through the ResInject injection ICD before entering the reservoir. Low-permeability zones receive more fluid than they would in conventional completions because the lower fluid velocity results in lower backpressure. The more uniform injectivity improves sweep—and hydrocarbon recovery.

How ICDs Work

ResFlow ICDs and ResInject injection ICDs help maintain uniform inflow and injection rates, respectively, in openhole completions. Both ICDs are made of a LineSlot premium direct-wire-wrapped screen wrapped on unperforated basepipe with a housing located at the upper end of the screen.

For the ResFlow ICD, fluids enter the screen, flow between the screen jacket and basepipe into the housing, and then flow through the nozzles into the production screen.

For the ResInject injection ICD, fluids enter the housing, flow through the nozzles into the screen section between the screen jacket and basepipe, and then flow into the reservoir.

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