Swelling-rubber packer enhances multilateral viscous oil production

Eric R. DavisBrian R. BuckConocoPhillips Alaska Inc.AnchorageMichael T. TrioloBP Exploration (Alaska) Inc.AnchorageRune FreyerConsultantAnchorageLee SmithAlaskan Energy Resources Inc.AnchorageIn multilateral wells where high costs, shallow depths, and long step-outs present completion difficulties, the use of swelling rubber packers (SRPs) enables operators to manage annular fluid flow, control solids-shale production, and achieve cost-effective zonal isolation.SRPs are facilitating multilateral well completions in Alaska’s viscous oil reservoirs. The packers allow longer lateral lengths with less along-the-lateral commingling, lower well costs, and better future remediation options...

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