Expandable tubulars facilitate intelligent technology placement

Installation of solid expandable tubulars in combination with intelligent-well technology facilitates remedial operations in multilateral wells in a Saudi Arabia oil field producing from a limestone reservoir.The field’s development included long reach, openhole multilateral wells that produce at high rates. The inability to reenter the openhole sidetracks for remedial work, however, hampered recovery. In wells producing water, the operator either could not identify the source of the water or if found, could not remediate the problem.The introduction of solid expandable tubulars in combination with intelligent-well technology overcame this problem. Wells with this technology general...

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