Ultra-HPHT conditions will be the next challenge

01/02/2006
Working in ultrahigh pressures and temperatures will require an industry-wide research and development effort in order to deliver reliable completions.Imagine that the industry makes a pioneering discovery but the reservoir presents a challenge: high shut-in tubing pressure (20,000 psi), sour conditions (100 ppm H2S), 10% CO2, and 400° F. flowing wellhead temperature.Everyone wants production as soon as possible:• What challenges need to be overcome?• What equipment is available, and what needs to be designed and tested?• How long will it take to design, build, test (redesign, retest), certify, and deliver?• What challenges have yet to be identified?•...
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