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BARRIER FOR GRAVEL PACK APPLICATION

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000215455D
Publication Date: 2012-Feb-29
Document File: 3 page(s) / 32K

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Abstract

SUMMARY This invention is in the field of gravel pack system. It is very common to have a well with a gravel pack installation to prevent the production of sand. Over the years, the length of the gravel pack has increased and is now sometimes covering several reservoirs. This results in water entry in non specific areas of the screen that were not expected to produce water. ICD are trying to solve the issue and create artificial pressure losses for each screen. The pressure loss can be ajusted before running the screen to match the expected formation production. In addition, it is common to have open hole packer (swell) to segment the formation. Unfortunately there are problems with having an open hole packer in a gravel pack situation. The issue is that in gravel pack situation, if there is water that penetrate one section, it can potentially envade the screens around being propagated through the gravel. An embodiment of the invention is then to create barrier between screens in a gravel pack situation to better segment the reservoir.

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BARRIER FOR GRAVEL PACK APPLICATION

SUMMARY

This invention is in the field of gravel pack system. It is very common to have a well with a gravel pack installation to prevent the production of sand. Over the years, the length of the gravel pack has increased and is now sometimes covering several reservoirs. This results in water entry in non specific areas of the screen that were not expected to produce water. ICD are trying to solve the issue and create artificial pressure losses for each screen. The pressure loss can be ajusted before running the screen to match the expected formation production.

In addition, it is common to have open hole packer (swell) to segment the formation. Unfortunately there are problems with having an open hole packer in a gravel pack situation. The issue is that in gravel pack situation, if there is water that penetrate one section, it can potentially envade the screens around being propagated through the gravel. An embodiment of the invention is then to create barrier between screens in a gravel pack situation to better segment the reservoir.

An embodiment of the invention is to have a way to create a barrier between 2 screens in a gravel pack situation once the gravel pack is performed

DESCRIPTION AND DRAWINGS OF EMBODIMENTS OF THE INVENTION

An embodiment of the invention is to have some chemicals pumped in the gravel that would reduce the permeability of the gravel to create a barrier in the annular space between the base pipe of the screen and the formation.

Some chemical are placed in a reservoir. The reservoir is a sub that is screwed between 2 screens.

After the gravel pack, pressure is applied inside the sub using the following method:


• Service tool moves up and seals against 2 PBR. Pressure is increased inside the service string that will pressure up the sub.


• The screens are all sealed with sliding sleeve closed and pressure can be increase in the overall length of the screens.

A rupture disc breaks and allow the pressure to compress a piston that expells the chemical in the reservoir out of the sub toward the annular space.

Those chemicals will react and reduce the permeability of the gravel pack to create a barrier between the upper and the lower screen.

The following drawing is a schematic of an embodiment of th...