JPH173210 WAB Geo

Well repair via high-temperature WAB® to revive geothermal producer

  • WELL TYPE
    Geothermal producer
  • RENEWABLES
    Welltec pilot success in renewables market segment
  • ENGINEERED WORKOVER
    Cost savings of USD 8 mm vs drilling of new well
  • HIGH TEMPERATURE APPLICATION
    To sustain up to 550°F at full production
  • CAPEX-EFFECTIVE
    Well-rejuvenation methods
  • LOCATION
    Philippines

Background

A prolific Geothermal producer (23 MW) had to be shut in, due to significant failures within the 13-3/8” casing. After consultation with our Asia Pacific Team, Welltec offered a Welltec Annular Barrier® (1214WAB) solution that would facilitate the pressure tight base for hydro-static support to the column of cement slurry placed above it and would negate any contamination during the curing process, resulting in a good cement operation.

The 1214WAB would also offer anchoring support to the casing string in the event of thermal contraction or expansion of the casing string during production or shut-down operations.

Operations

Through adapting our standard 1214WAB, we incorporated non-elastomeric isolation valves & burst discs to bleed off high-pressure steam build-up behind the casing. WAB placement was directly above the 9 5/8” casing tailpipe and set within the existing 13 3/8” casing. 2nd stage cementing was performed above the installed 1214WAB.

During deployment, water flooded the well to keep temperatures ≤ 212°F—full production temperatures will be 600°F. The 1214WAB supported the cement column during curing and prevented free-water/acid from contaminating the cement or reaching the surface.

Achievements

This was the first time a WAB has been used to revive a geothermal well. This job also marked the first time Welltec worked in a geothermal well, in the Philippines, and deployed the WAB with second-stage cementing equipment in Asia. To drill a new well would have cost the client between USD 9 million and USD 12 million.

Welltec’s solution enabled the client to execute life-of-well, CAPEX-effective well-rejuvenation measures, proving the value of engineered well remediation.

WAB assembly was adapted to incorporate high temp sealing system, non elastomeric isolation valves and incorporated burst discs to bleed off high-pressure steam within application that will reach 600°F at full production.

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