Smart, intelligent wells provide real-time well control, monitoring

Advancements in downhole tools and sensors are allowing operators real-time control and monitoring of flow from each separate producing or injection interval in a well. These completions, commonly referred to as smart or intelligent wells, can include one or more of such components as:Surface-controlled downhole chokes or sliding sleeves for regulating fluid flow from each completed interval.Downhole data acquisition sensors for measuring temperature, pressure, and flow of each interval.Data transmission, storage, retrieval, and analysis systems, such as depicted in Fig. 1. Click here to enlarge imageThese smart completions let operators react in real time to changes in downhole conditio...

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