Anadarko awards Weatherford optical monitoring contract for Marco Polo development

By OGJ editors

HOUSTON, Mar. 27 -- Anadarko Petroleum Corp. awarded Weatherford International Ltd. a six-well contract to provide permanent downhole optical pressure, temperature, and distributed temperature-sensing systems (DTS) for the Marco Polo deepwater development in the Gulf of Mexico.

Marco Polo is set to start up in early 2004 (OGJ Online, Feb. 28, 2003).

Weatherford's optical gauges provide real-time measurement of wellbore pressure and temperature while its optical DTS systems acquire a well's temperature profile without needing costly well intervention.

Tieback and completion operations are expected to begin on the six-well completion program later this year. The wells, in water depth of 4,287 ft, will be completed with 9 5/8-in. casing to TD.

Weatherford's optical gauges will be installed immediately above the gravel pack packer. A full optical surface acquisition unit will be installed on the TLP.

Weatherford Completion Systems Pres. Stuart Ferguson said the Anadarko contract signaled "further validation of the adoption of optical sensing technology by the industry in general."

Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

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