SPECIAL REPORT: Long intelligent completion assemblies save rig time

Running extra-long intelligent bottomhole assemblies (BHAs) reduced rig time for completing wells in the ultradeepwater Independence project in the eastern Gulf of Mexico.Anadarko Petroleum Corp. operates the project that will bring on line 1 bcf/day of previously stranded gas.The $2 billion project, scheduled to begin production in fall 2007, will tie together 10 gas fields in record-setting water depths of 8,000-9,000 ft (Fig. 1). These fields would be uneconomical to develop on a standalone basis (OGJ, Nov. 27, 2006, p. 43). Click here to enlarge imageThe project’s production will add about 2% to the US supply of natural gas and account for about 10% of the natural gas produced ...

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