Intelligent completion system nears deployment

Intelligent completion devices are being developed for downhole applications, especially for deepwater subsea completions, and wells with complex geometries and multilateral boreholes. One such system (Fig. 1 [74,441 bytes]), designed by an alliance of Baker Oil Tools and Schlumberger Wireline & Testing, integrates downhole pressure, temperature, and flow sensors with a remote operated, fully adjustable choke for flow control. The alliance indicates the system: Reduces and eliminates costly subsea well interventions Provides selective and remote control of drawdown and production rates of individual zones in producing wells Provides selective and remo...

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