Complete and accurate set of well testing data was achieved without disruption and benchmark created in terms of CO2 quantified throughout the operation.Download PDF
Acquire accurate well tests while eliminating release of toxic gas
A major operator has embarked on an extensive exploration campaign, expecting extremely high levels of H2S. Because of associated health, safety, and environmental (HSE) risks, the testing period must be as brief as possible to help reduce exposure time while still acquiring accurate and representative reservoir data.
Inaccurate or incomplete data is a major challenge during any well-testing operation. The presence of elevated H2S adds to this complexity: it requires minimal human intervention while operating equipment or acquiring critical data (e.g., flow parameters and well effluent properties). Additionally, well testing and reservoir engineers rely fixed chokes in the choke manifold to help ensure accurate and comparable flow parameters throughout different flow rates.
The operator’s existing choke manifold design requires a minimum of two people to change the fixed choke size while hydrocarbons with toxic gas flows through the opposite side of the manifold. In such a scenario, any mistake can lead to a potential injury.
Also, because of the remote nature of the well location, produced hydrocarbons must be flared at the wellsite. To comply with regulatory requirements, minimizing the carbon footprint during these operations is a major goal of operators.
Halliburton’s Testing and Subsea team developed a plan to overcome these challenges:
FloConnect Choke Manifold: industry-first true automated choke manifold complete with dual-engineered trim adjustable chokes.
Zero-emissions Sampling System: allows liquid samples to be captured without releasing toxic gases into the atmosphere.
The operator acquired a complete and accurate set of well testing data without disruption, which could be generated during manual choke manifold manipulations. No manual sampling with toxic gas release was required to verify water cut. In addition to 100% operational uptime, the complete operation was performed with zero HSE/SQ incidents.
Spill-free and smokeless oil flaring was achieved during the operation, while also creating a benchmark in terms of CO2 quantified throughout the operation. The emissions dashboard enabled the operator to understand emissions generated during well testing operations. This awareness provided direct benefits, such as improved understanding of risks, established datums, and then identified trends and opportunities used to benchmark future activities and build adequate strategies to minimize such emissions.
Control, measure, and analyze surface well testing through automated workflows.
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