Effective gravel packing considers long-term production

SAND CONTROL-2 M. Babs OyeneyinRobert Gordon University Aberdeen With proper design and installation, gravel-pack completions can yield optimum long-term performance. The best strategy should therefore involve a rational compromise between achieving optimum sand control and optimum long-term performance. Total sand exclusion is achieved at the expense of reducing a well's production capacity. This second in a three-part series of articles, which started in OGJ Jan. 26, 1998, discusses methods for achieving an optimal gravel pack. Gravel packing While gravel packing in theory can be used for any well, the advent of extended reach and horizontal wells wi...

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