Field Implementation of Gravel Packing Horizontal Wells Using a Solids-Free Synthetic Fluid With Alpha/Beta Wave Technology


This article details the planning and execution phases of the first open hole gravel pack operation performed with the alpha beta wave deposition technique using a non aqueous system as a carrier fluid. The operation was performed at Marlim Field, offshore Brazil, and constitutes the first field implementation of a research and engineering effort which started two years ago.

The idea in this first field operation was to avoid many changes in the original well design for the area and to concentrate novel steps in the fluid for gravel packing openhole design, friction loss evaluation, fluid substitution and rheology characterization are some of the new aspects detailed for the fluid design. Based on these results, optimized procedures were proposed for the operation. A broad description of the technical aspects, field pumping profiles and packing quality is also presented.