Intelligent choking improves production, economics in Ecuador completions

An advanced intelligent completion system that combines remotely operated, hydraulic adjustable chokes, downhole sensors, and semiautomated surface control has accelerated production, increased ultimate recovery, and reduced interventions in conventional electric submersible pump (ESP) completions.For Occidental Exploration & Production Co. (Oxy), a subsidiary of Occidental Petroleum Corp., the installation of such a system with ESPs during well workovers in Ecuador's Eden-Yuturi field proved effective in increasing revenues by maximizing incremental production while lowering expenses because fewer wells needed to be drilled to meet the accelerated production goals.The intelligent wel...

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