Advanced Well Completion Engineering

Once a natural gas or oil well is drilled, and it has been verified that commercially viable, it must be "completed" to allow for the flow of petroleum or natural gas out of the formation and up to the surface. This process includes: casing, pressure and temperature evaluation, and the proper instillation of equipment to ensure an efficient flow out of the well. In recent years, these processes have been greatly enhanced by new technologies. Advanced Well Completion Engineering summarizes and explains these advances while providing expert advice for deploying these new breakthrough engineering systems.

The book has two themes: one, the idea of preventing damage, and preventing formation from drilling into an oil formation to putting the well introduction stage; and two, the utilization of nodal system analysis method, which optimizes the pressure distribution from reservoir to well head, and plays the sensitivity analysis to design the tubing diameters first and then the production casing size, so as to achieve whole system optimization. With this book, drilling and production engineers should be able to improve operational efficiency by applying the latest state of the art technology in all facets of well completion during development drilling-completion and work over operations.

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Drilling, completion, production, reservoir, and research engineers; geologists; managers in drilling, completion, production, and exploration; others involved in various phases of horizontal and multilateral wells or interested in gaining an interdisciplinary up-to-date understanding of this continually evolving technology


Book information

  • Published: July 2011
  • ISBN: 978-0-12-385868-9


"Well completion engineering, explains Renpu (China National Petroleum Corporation), involves ensuring regular and safe production and prolonging the production life of oil and gas wells. He says the traditional practice that has developed in China is no longer adequate for changed and changing circumstances, and must be reformed, or advanced. He covers the basics, mode selection, selecting and determining tubing and production casing sizes, completion and perforating fluids, production casing and cementing, perforating, well completion formation damage evaluation, measures for putting a well into production, tubing string, wellhead assembly, and well corrosion and its prevention."--SciTech Book News

Table of Contents



Chapter 1 Basis of Well Completion Engineering

    1. Grounds of Reservoir Geology and Reservoir Engineering
    2. Core Analysis Techniques
    3. Reservoir Sensitivity to fluid and Working Fluid Damage Evaluation
    4. Reservoir Stress Sensitivity Analysis
    5. In-situ Stress and Mechanical Parameters of Rock
    6. Technological Grounds of Petroleum Production Engineering

Chapter 2 Well Completion Method Selection

    1. Vertical, Slant and Directional Well Completion
    2. Horizontal Well Completion
    3. Underbalance Well Completion
    4. Basic Requirements, Grounds and Flow Chart of Well Completion Method Selection

Chapter 3 Selection and Determination of Tubing and Production Casing Sizes
3.1 Overview

    1. Overview of Nodal Analysis
    2. Selection and Determination of Tubing and Production Casing Sizes for Flowing Well
    3. Selection and Determination of Tubing and Production Casing Sizes for Gas Well
    4. Selection and Determination of Tubing and Production Casing Sizes for Artificial Lift Well
    5. Effects of Stimulation on Tubing and Production Casing Size Selection
    6. Selection and Determination of Tubing and Production Casing Sizes for Heavy Oil and High Pour-point Oil Production Wells

Chapter 4 Completion and Perforating Fluids

    1. Functions of Drilling and Completion Fluid and Basic Requirements
    2. Drilling and Completion Fluid Systems and Application
    3. Shield-type Temporary Plugging Technique
    4. Drilling and Completion Fluid for Complicated Reservoir
    5. Perforating Fluid

Chapter 5 Production Casing and Cementing

    1. Basic Requirements for Production Casing Design and Integrity Management of Production Casing
    2. Hole Structure and Types of Casing
    3. Strength of Casing and Strength Design of Casing String
    4. Cementing
    5. Production Casing and Cementing for Complex Type of Well

Chapter 6 Perforating

    1. Perforating Technology
    2. Perforated Well Productivity Influencing Rule Analysis
    3. Perforating Differential Pressure Design
    4. Optimizing Perforation Design

Chapter 7 Well Completion Formation Damage Evaluation

    1. Overview
    2. Principle of Formation Damage Evaluation by Well Testing
    3. Formation Damage Diagnosing of Homogeneous Reservoir by Graphic Characteristics
    4. Graphic Characteristics of Double Porosity Reservoir and Reservoir with Hydraulically Created Fracture
    5. Distinguishing Effectiveness of Stimulation by Graphic Characteristics
    6. Quantitative Interpretation of Degree of Formation Damage
    7. Well Logging Evaluation of Formation Damage Depth

Chapter 8 Measures for Putting Well into Production

    1. Preparations before Putting into Production
    2. Main Measures for Putting into Production
    3. Physical and Chemical Blocking Removal
    4. Hydraulic Fracturing for Putting into Production
    5. Acidizing
    6. High Energy Gas Fracturing
    7. Flowing Back

Chapter 9 Well Completion Tubing String

    1. Oil Well Completion Tubing String
    2. Gas Well Completion Tubing String
    3. Separate-layer Water Injection String
    4. Heavy Oil Production Tubing String
    5. Completion Tubing String Safety System
    6. Tubing String Mechanics

Chapter 10 Wellhead Assembly

    1. Oil-well Christmas Tree and Tubinghead
    2. Gas-well Christmas Tree and Tubinghead
    3. Water Injection and Thermal Production Wellhead Assemblies
    4. Common Components of Wellhead Assembly

Chapter 11 Oil and Gas Well Corrosion and Corrosion Prevention

    1. Related Calculation of Oil and Gas Well Corrosion
    2. Oil and Gas Well Corrosion Mechanism, Phenomena and Classification
    3. Material Selection for Corrosive Environment of Oil and Gas Wells
    4. Oil and Gas Well Corrosion Prevention Design
    5. Tubing and Casing Corrosion Prevention for Sour Gas Reservoirs