Multilateral, intelligent well completion benefits explored

04/14/2003
In general, a study found that multilateral wells perform better than single horizontal wells. but the best technology to use depends on specific reservoir characteristics, drilling conditions, and economic considerations.The study involved a comprehensive evaluation of multilateral wells for water-drive reservoirs and accounted for friction and hydrostatic pressure losses through the horizontal and vertical sections.The work compared multilateral well performance with conventional horizontal wells. It considered both natural flow situations, in which an optimal tubinghead or separator pressure typically controls the production, and artificial-lift applications, while a constant liquid ra...
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