E-line heavy workovers in high latitude environments
UNDISCOVEREDApprox. 22% global resources
As a result, job complexity often leads to outright failure or an exponential increase in time to accomplish what would be a routine task in a normal environment. Often the best route to success and efficiency in these conditions is proven technologies and strategies.
For over 80 years, e-line conveyance and tools have been refined and improved to become a very reliable means of data gathering and workovers, such as plug setting, debris removal, hardware milling, pipe recovery and so forth.
The US Energy Information Administration lists a number of reasons detailing why development of this region may not be economically viable, including frigid temperatures necessitating custom equipment, logistical challenges and heavy investments in infrastructure and the high cost of labor to name a few.
Undiscovered global resources
Therefore the Arctic is likely to see continued interest for exploration and production. The driver then becomes how to accomplish this successfully and economically. Reducing complexity and uncertainty seems an obvious answer, but in which parts of the workflow?
SPE-166922 Case Studies: E-line Heavy Workovers in High Latitude Environments.
Modern electric line (e-line) capabilities can now accomplish what conventionally would have been rig- or coiled tubing-based workovers. In the North Sea, Canada, Alaska and Russia operators use e-line to perform ‘heavy' workovers; explosion-free cutting of tubulars, scale and debris removal, milling through hardware such as nipples, failed isolation valves and flapper valves, and replacement of hardware, such as gas lift valves and Electric Submersible Pumps (ESP's) in extended reach horizontals.
This paper discusses the benefits e-line tools can bring to accomplish ‘heavy' workovers in a reliable manner in high latitude environments. Several case studies are presented to demonstrate these applications in practice.