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A super major in the North Sea needed to obtain pressure data and samples from their high-pressure/high-temperature (HP/HT) well. The initial projection for well temperature was above the standard RCI rating of 350°F. This would be the client’s first attempt at taking a single phase sample at this temperature.
The Reservoir Characterization eXplorer™ (RCX™) system had not been used at such high temperatures before. It was tested at the Houston Technology Center and was approved for handling 395°F for six hours. This is a significant upgrade from the initial testing of 375°F for 20 hours. The Baker Hughes RCX service was selected for the sampling, a critical component of the wireline operation.
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