Special Report: Sand control unlocks shallow gas formerly regarded as drilling hazard

New expandable sand screens with a close weave have made drilling and completing shallow, unconsolidated gas sands off the Netherlands commercial. In the past, companies often considered these sands drilling hazards and not targets for exploitation. Click here to enlarge imageThe Chevron Exploration and Production Netherlands BV operated A12 field is a prime example (Fig. 1).Fraser Martin, Chevron senior completions engineer, and Mark Nicol, Weatherford regional business unit leader, well screen technologies, provided OGJ with some details regarding the successful development of the field, which Nederlandse Aardolie Maatsschappij BV had discovered in the 1970s while drilling for deeper t...

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