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Downhole Pressure Monitors. Halliburton Pressure Transmission Systems (PTS) have been in use at SYU since 1984 (Hondo) & 1993 (Harmony & Heritage) Have installed over 60 downhole pressure gauges

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Downhole pressure monitors
Downhole Pressure Monitors

  • Halliburton Pressure Transmission Systems (PTS) have been in use at SYU since 1984 (Hondo) & 1993 (Harmony & Heritage)

  • Have installed over 60 downhole pressure gauges

  • Installed in all new drillwells unless not mechanical feasible (eg. dual strings or ESP’s)


Platform Hondo is located in offshore California in the Santa Barbara Channel. The water depth is between 900' and 1200'.

Hondo was discovered in 1968 and the initial production began in 1981

Presently

26 active wellbores.

14 Wells that are on gaslift or 54% of the total active wellbores


Platform Heritage is located in offshore California in the Santa Barbara Channel. The water depth is between 900' and 1200'.

Heritage was brought on line in 1993.

Presently

39 active wellbores.

28 Wells that are on gaslift or 72% of the total active wellbores.


Background Santa Barbara Channel. The water depth is between 900' and 1200'.

Harmony Platform is located in offshore California in the Santa Barbara Channel. The water depth is between 900' and 1200'.

Harmony was brought on line in 1993.

Presently

31 active wellbores.

23 Wells that are on gaslift or 74% of the total active wellbores.


Gas lift optimization using downhole pressure monitors
Gas Lift Optimization Using Downhole Pressure Monitors

  • Downhole gauges can measure downhole pressure at depth real time

  • Can change any condition (eg. Choke position, g/l rate, viscosity reducer) and immediately see effect on downhole pressure

  • If downhole pressure increases then drawdown has decreased therefore we know fluid rate has decreased

  • If downhole pressure decreases then drawdown has increased therefore we know fluid rate has increased

  • Can change g/l rate and viscosity reducer and immediately determine if there is an impact on rate


Example of Gas Lift Optimization at SYU Downhole Pressure Monitors

When the gas lift rate was changed from 1.2 to 1.4MCFD.

The flowing BHP fell from 895 to 890 psi.


Reservoir surveillance using downhole pressure monitors
Reservoir Surveillance Using Downhole Pressure Monitors

  • With downhole gauge can measure shut in downhole pressure by simply shutting in well and measuring fluid level using echometer

  • Knowing fluid level we can adjust pressure at the gauge to either the perforation depth or datum depth

  • We can get a shut in pressure whenever the well is shut in with no mechanical risk from using wireline in the hole

  • These pressures are used to determine if reservoir is being depleted too quickly and we need injection of gas or water


Completion surveillance using downhole pressure monitors
Completion Surveillance Using Downhole Pressure Monitors

  • With downhole gauge can perform a pressure buildup test everytime the well is shut in

  • With the data from the pressure buildup test reservoir engineer or service co. can determine the productivity of the well (PI) and well damage (skin)

  • With this analysis we can determine how effective the completion is and then determine if remedial work is required such as acid stim or scale treatment, etc.

  • If you have multiple gauges can use to calibrate and validate your wellbore hydraulic model (NODAL)


PTS Downhole Pressure Monitors

Pressure Transmission System

Technology Review


What is pts
What is PTS? Downhole Pressure Monitors

  • An economic alternative method to electronic gauges for the monitor of down hole pressures

  • Uses a gas filled capillary tube to convey bottom hole pressure to surface monitor

  • Halliburton has applied this proven technology for 30 nearly years


Pressure transmission system pts
Pressure Transmission System Downhole Pressure Monitors(PTS)

No Electronics No Moving Parts


Pressure Downhole Pressure MonitorsMonitoring Equipment

Capillary tubing theory is based on a closed system at the top and an open system on bottom. Such as covering a straw and pushing down into fluid

GAS

Without a seal at the top, fluid enters to the same height as outer fluid level and no force is exerted at the top

Very little fluid enters the straw and a force is exerted at the top of the straw

Pack-Off

Capillary Tubing

Pressure Chamber

Chamber Ports

Capillary Tubing Theory


Pressure Downhole Pressure MonitorsMonitoring Equipment

GAS

Well Bore Gas Pressure

Gas is bubbled over and the fluid level inside the system is pushed to the bottom of the chamber

After the gas has equalized with the BHP, the injection of gas is stopped

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Well BoreFluid Pressure

=

Compressed Gas Pressure in System to Monitor BHP

Capillary Tubing Theory


Gas movement inside chamber
Gas Movement Inside Chamber Downhole Pressure Monitors

When Pressure Increases Fluid Rises In Chamber. Our Goals Is To Not Let Fluid Enter the Capillary Tubing

When Pressure Drops To Lowest Point Chamber Is Full Excess Gas Escapes


Gas correction

Gas Correction Downhole Pressure Monitors


Pressure Downhole Pressure MonitorsMonitoring Equipment

GAS

Gas correction example.

Uncorrected BHP 1000 PSI

Weight of Gas 20 PSI

True BHP 1020 PSI

Gas Weightneeds to be corrected for.This calculation uses TVD and Temperature.

Capillary Tubing Theory


Gas correction factors
Gas Correction Factors Downhole Pressure Monitors

  • Gas weight will change with temperature and pressure

  • Gas correction uses True Vertical Depth (TVD) of the chamber not the Measured Depth (MD)

  • Helium is used whenever possible as the system gas

  • Helium has a liner compressibility with temperature and nitrogen does not.

  • Nitrogen is approximately 7 times the weight of helium


Gas correction with and without dts
Gas Correction with and without DTS Downhole Pressure Monitors

  • With DTS we can use real time temperature changes to correct for the weight of the gas column

  • If no DTS system is used, we must use an average temperature to correct for the weight of the gas.

    • The average temperature can be derived from previous surveys or by logging well with a temperature tool.

    • The corrected pressure can be derived thought post processing of the raw data.


Gas corrections example helium
Gas Corrections Example Helium Downhole Pressure Monitors

This shows the difference if we corrected the pressure assuming an average temperature of 170 deg F but the actual temperature was 120 deg F

TVD 9000 ft


System accuracy

System Accuracy Downhole Pressure Monitors


System accuracy1
System Accuracy Downhole Pressure Monitors

  • System accuracy is based on correction of gas weight, transducer accuracy and the fluid level change in the chamber.

  • Gas weight calculations are as accurate as we are to knowing the average temperature.

  • Transducer accuracy is based on the type of transducer that is installed.

  • System resolution .02 to .05 PSI


System accuracy2
System Accuracy Downhole Pressure Monitors

  • Quartz Transducer.

    • Accuracy of ± 0.015%FS to 0.02%FS

    • Resolution of 0.01 psi

    • Drift

      • At surface temperatures (< 85°C) .001 % FS/yr

      • 150 to 200 C ,02% FS/yr

  • Strain Gauge

    • Accuracy of ± 0.04% FS

    • Combined Non-linearity, Hysteresis and Repeatability: +0.04 Best Straight Line (BSL) (option A)

    • Stability: 0.1% F.S./annum


Pts advantages
PTS Advantages Downhole Pressure Monitors

  • No Downhole Electronics

    • All downhole components are free of electronic parts nothing to get damaged after installation

  • Suitable for Harsh Environments

    • Temp > 800F

    • Corrosives well conditions

    • Vibration resistant

  • Check System Integrity From Surface

    • Transducers and data recording devices can be checked from surface without well intervention

    • Chamber integrity can be checked without system retrieval

  • Flexible

    • System can be installed in many configurations

    • System can be installed with DTS options


Pts advantages1
PTS Advantages Downhole Pressure Monitors

  • Accurate

    • Quartz/Strain Pressure Gauge

    • Correction of helium gas column either in real time orpost processing

  • Rugged

    • The parts can be installed, removed and reran into same or other wells

    • Long track record

  • Easy to Install and Maintain

    • The system can be installed and maintained by non engineered personnel

  • Wellhead Penetration Simplicity

    • Wellhead exits use standard fittings

    • Most wellhead companies already have designs for control line exits

    • Wellhead penetration is economic


Pts advantages2
PTS Advantages Downhole Pressure Monitors

  • Splices and Connections

    • Splices are done quick and easy with tube to tube unions

    • Connections are none electronic and only require ferrule type fittings

  • Economic Pricing

    • Systems typically run 50% to 75% of typical EDHG systems


System maintenance

System Maintenance Downhole Pressure Monitors


System maintenance concerns
System Maintenance Concerns Downhole Pressure Monitors

  • Maintenance

    • What is required

      • Purging and leak checking

      • Transducer checks

    • Frequency of maintenance

      • Depends on testing we recommend one per Qtr minimum


Downhole Equipment Downhole Pressure Monitors

Used at ExxonMobil SYU


Syu typical installation
SYU Typical Installation Downhole Pressure Monitors

Surface Equipment

Real Time Pressure Read-out

1/8” Capillary Tube (Pressure)

1/4” Safety Valve Tube

3/8” Chemical Injection Tube

Chamber

Internal Sensing


Extended chamber design internal sensing

Capillary Tubing Downhole Pressure Monitors

Extended Chamber DesignInternal Sensing

Internal Sensing

Ports are on the inside tubing of the chamber


Extended chamber design
Extended Chamber Design Downhole Pressure Monitors


Clamp protectors
Clamp Protectors Downhole Pressure Monitors


Clamp protectors1
Clamp Protectors Downhole Pressure Monitors


Control Line Installation Units Downhole Pressure Monitors


Exxonmobil syu project overview
ExxonMobil SYU Project Overview Downhole Pressure Monitors

  • Starting Dates

    • Hondo 1984

    • Heritage & Harmony 1993

  • Installation Types Quantities

    • PTS Pressure System 60

    • Chemical Injection 46

    • Subsurface Safety Valves 86

    • 1” Diluent Tube 9

  • Maximum Installation Depth 19,400 ft

  • Failures (PTS System) 1


Questions ? Downhole Pressure Monitors


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