Driving Efficiencies in Well Intervention Operations

Yong, Yee Tzen (Halliburton) | Azizan, Yusri (Halliburton) | Leong, Azemi (Halliburton) | Song, Yan (Shell) | Abd Rani, Rudzaifi Adizamri (Shell)



Brunei offshore platforms are home to hundreds of maturing wells in need of ongoing interventions. Offshore operations in Brunei face several obstacles, (i.e., weather conditions, ageing platform facilities, limited lifting capability, and limited workspace), as well as tight work schedules that make the work challenging.

As with other mature fields, the Brunei wells need high efficiency operations to reach production targets. These challenges can be addressed with a purpose built compact semi-submersible vessel (CSS) with dynamic positioning (DP 2) equipped with a full catenary coiled tubing unit, a pumping unit with flowback capability, and a dedicated slickline unit.

Dual hull design with a compensated gangway increases the weather working envelope of the vessel. The coiled tubing catenary system with a reel turntable helps enable coiled tubing unit flexibility during rigup and work under varying weather conditions. Integration of the vessel and the coiled tubing unit helps enable a 24/7, 365 day work unit.

Average downtime caused by weather decreased by up to 10%, averaging 8.5% in 2 years, compared to previous work vessels with an average between 15 and 18% downtime because of weather.

Further efficiency improvement is gained through use of fit for purpose equipment. A 35 ton jacking frame helps enable injector and pressure control equipment stack up to be made up, function, and pressure tested offline. A small footprint flowback package was introduced that reduced the total number of lifts from 12 to 6, saving two hours lifting time per rig up/down. Overall rigging up time was reduced by approximately 20% with the improvements to equipment setup.

The reduced equipment necessary on the platform enabled wireline and coiled tubing to operate concurrently. This enables 24 hour wireline interventions to be executed offline more efficiently. Time savings for intervention completion were approximately 62%. This setup enables more efficient use of existing resources to complete the work scope.

The setup, collaboration, and execution on the vessel demonstrate the opportunity for improvement, which is important under current industry conditions, and help enable a cost effective yet robust operation.