Primary Barrier Protecting The A Annulus From SAP In Malaysia

Primary barrier protecting the A annulus from SAP

  • WELL TYPE
    High pressure gas producer
  • RESERVOIR TYPE
    Sandstone
  • PRODUCT
    812WAB V0
  • 7500PSI ISO14310 V0 QUALIFICATION
    Allows for WAB to be used as standalone barrier
  • SIMPLIFIED WELL CONSTRUCTION
    Reduces risk, complexity and provides life of well
  • OPEX EFFECTIVE
    Well construction negates need to manage SAP
  • WAB ROTATIONAL CAPABILITY
    Enhanced primary cementing operation
  • LOCATION
    Asia Pacific

Background

An IOC in Malaysia had a requirement for a life of well solution to protect the A annulus from gas migration / Sustained Annular Pressure (SAP) within a high pressure, gas producing, cemented mono bore application. 

Initial designs considered cement to surface. However. uncertainty was recognized regarding the ability of the cement to seal against gas pressure due to micro annulus, along with the reliability of the cement integrity over life of well.

Operation

The solution was installed as a 4 ½ in. mono bore completion incorporating one x 812WAB to be set within the 9 5/8 in. casing. The top of cement was brought to 300 m inside the 9 5/8 in. shoe, and the 812WAB was positioned standalone, 250 m above top of cement.

The initial design was to expand the 812WAB within the cement, providing cement assurance. Further review recognized the benefits of setting the Welltec Annular Barrier® (WAB) shallow of the cement, enabling a contingency expansion against cured cement in the event the float shoe did not seal.

Achievements

The 812WAB was qualified in accordance with IS0 14310 using the V0 leak criteria to a delta P of 7,500 psi. The 7,500 psi capability was required to seal against possible trapped pressure from top of cement to the WAB.

The robust nature of the WAB enabled casing rotation during cementing. The WAB was quickly expanded upon bumping the cement plug, while under full surface control.

Sealing integrity of the WAB was verified via an annular pressure test, fully meeting the primary well barrier requirements.
Client

V0 rated primary barrier facilitates CAPEX-effective, cemented mono bore in HP gas well.

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