Horizontal completions-Conclusion

Gravel packing prevents productivity decline W.L. Penberthy Jr., Kenneth L. Bickham, H.T. Nguyen Baker Oil Tools Houston Gravel packing horizontal wells has the advantage of creating superior productivity without the productivity decline observed with stand-alone screens. This conclusion of a three-part series, which began in OGJ July 21, 1997, shows how extensive field-scale testing has aided the development of procedures and operating guidelines for gravel packing horizontals. Experience has been that open hole gravel packs require a systems or process approach to achieve a successful completion. The delivery of a clean, stable, undamaged well bore to the gravel-pack pha...

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