The highly successful SIMOPS approach reduced the average overall rig time to deliver a well for production from 76 d to 45 d. One requirement in accomplishing this 40% reduction in rig time was a significantly reduced footprint for well testing operations.
Deploy PhaseTester equipment to test the wells and confirm cleanup before putting them on production
Shell elected to use PhaseTester portable multiphase well testing equipment with Vx technology to reduce the well testing operations footprint, improve safety, and achieve operational flexibility when acquiring high-frequency measurements of produced gas and completion fluids.
ArchiTest* well test design and methodology software was used to design the 10,000-psi system, which featured flanged connections and flare-boom lines rated for flow rates to 120 MMcf/d. Continuous measurements ensured that the velocities in the line remained within design limits.