Economics, technical complexities, and rig availability limit the number of wells drilled in developing deepwater fields. For those reasons, operators using a limited number of wells to drain their reservoirs must make maximum contact with target zones. Reservoir connectivity and a completion configuration designed for long-term exploitation are crucial to the efficient recovery of deepwater reserves. Perforating operations and stimulation treatments establish high-conductivity flow paths, while sand control and mechanical isolation techniques preserve the completion's integrity.
The optimum completion design for deepwater wells integrates production strategies with technologies, services, and products. The best possible completion can extend reservoir life, lower production costs, and enhance ultimate recovery.
One of the best ways to reach first oil as soon as possible is to optimize the conductive fluid pathways from the reservoir to the borehole. Subsequent improvements for reservoir drainage often require formation-specific stimulation treatments, perforating, or the addition of lateral branches off of the main wellbore.
Surveillance data provide the information necessary for timely decisions that enhance operating efficiency, increase productivity, and reduce the technical complexities associated with deepwater operations. Advanced technologies and secure connectivity set the venue for converting decisions based on real-time data into actions that reduce production delays and minimize chokebacks.