Horizontal gravel packing optimizes well productivity

During redevelopment of the Uracoa field in Southern Monagas, horizontal gravel-packed completions proved better at restoring and maintaining well productivity than other completion techniques.A comparison of the different completion practices indicated that:Gravel-packed screens in horizontal wells maintained production longer compared to stand-alone slotted liners.Horizontal completions provided higher production rates than vertical or directional completions, including frac-packs.Frac-packed wells performed better than conventional non-fraced wells, but not as well as horizontal wells. Frac-packed wells maintained production longer than stand-alone slotted liners in horizontal wells.Ho...

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