Shell field tests two expandable completion technologies

Shell Exploration and Production Co., Houston, recently installed the world's first expandable liner hanger (ELH) system in a field trial well in South Texas.Enventure Global Technology LLC's 75/8 in. ELH was run in 95/8 in., 53.5 lbm/ft casing and 9.5 ppg water-based mud for functional testing in the Hinojosa 8 well in the Fandango field, Zapata County, Tex.Once the rig crew had run the 75/8 in. expandable liner hanger system, it was expanded or set and the resulting liner lap pressure-tested to 3,800 psi for 45 min.The ELH system combines the functional requirements of a mechanical liner hanger and liner-top packer, eliminating installation complexity and the need for costly lin...

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