Field Trial Results of Ball-Activated Outflow Control Devices for SAGD

Webb, Patrick David (Devon Energy) | Gauthier, Joshua (Devon Energy) | Skeates, Craig (Packers Plus Energy Services Inc.)



A field-trialed ball-activated Outflow Control Device (OCD) is presented that eliminates coiled tubing intervention in SAGD injection wells when converting from steam circulation to SAGD. This paper builds on a previously presented paper by the same authors where the design and tool qualification of the ball-activated OCD was presented (Webb et al, 2017). In this paper, the results of the field trial are shared and compared with analogous wells where coiled tubing shiftable OCDs were used.

The field trial of the ball-activated OCD is compared to coiled tubing shiftable OCDs on three main criteria: job efficiency, confirmation of shift, and environmental, health, and safety (EHS) considerations. Acoustic-based monitoring equipment and pressure signatures were used to confirm successful ball-activation of the ball-activated OCD. A tension response from the coiled tubing was used to confirm shifting of the coiled tubing shiftable OCDs. Steam modelling and observed tubing pressure drop data is also shared for all trials as another indication of successful shift.

In five of six ball-activated OCD shifts, the tools functioned as intended with clear pressure and acoustic signatures confirming a successful shift of the sliding sleeve. One of six was intentionally left closed. In addition, the jobs were completed more efficiently and with less EHS risk than the coiled tubing shiftable OCDs. The coiled tubing shifting tension data indicated that two out of six coiled tubing shiftable OCDs were successfully shifted, with inconclusive shifts occurring on three OCDs, and one left intentionally closed. The observed pressure drop data presented, indicates that shifting was successful in all ball-activated trial wells, and two of three coiled tubing shiftable trial wells.

The ball-activated OCD is a novel tool for use in SAGD injector wells to improve efficiency by reducing operational time and personnel required in shifting OCDs. In addition, the shift confirmation pressure signature and optional acoustic monitoring provides greater confidence of sleeve shift.