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Editorial: Saudi Aramco's I-Field Initiative: From Concept to Implementation
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Over the past decade, the reliability of technology for remotely monitoring and controlling wells has dramatically improved. Once viewed by operators as little more than an alternative to difficult rig-based interventions, intelligent well technology has matured into a powerful reservoir management tool. Case studies from the Gulf of Mexico, North Sea, the Middle East and Africa demonstrate how intelligent wells may be used to increase recovery rates, accelerate hydrocarbon production and reduce water production. This article looks at the evolution of intelligent wells and explains why the number of such installations is projected to increase fivefold in the next five years.
Oil and gas fields are being transformed by new workflow technology that integrates asset simulations to accomplish system-wide tasks. This development not only produces better economic outcomes but also is changing the structure of the organizations that use it. Successful employment of this new technology is illustrated by a variety of examples ranging from revitalization of fields in the decline phase in Mexico and India, to advanced control of new assets in the North Sea.
Because wells with electric submersible pumps are already equipped with downhole electric cables and protectors, they are particularly good candidates for intelligent completion technology. This article describes how and why an increasing number of operators are adopting real-time remote monitoring and control in new and mature, artificially lifted fields.
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