Coiled tubing

Customized Solutions for Coiled Tubing Interventions in the Bolivian Sub-Andean Basin

The paper reviews 25 well interventions in fields in the Bolivian Sub-Andean Basin, which are remote and difficult to access. The producing zones include the country’s most challenging wells with depths of up to 26,000 ft.

NGU rigged up in remote land operation.
Fig. 1—NGU rigged up in remote land operation.

Fields in the Bolivian Sub-Andean Basin are remote and difficult to access. The producing zones include the country’s most challenging wells, with depths of up to 26,000 ft, with high pressure/high temperature (HP/HT), high gas cut, crossflow, dogleg severity, and well-access restrictions. The complete paper reviews 25 coiled tubing rigless well interventions (CTRWI) to extend the life of those wells, including operations involving nitrogen (N2) lift, acid wash, milling, shifting sleeves, setting packers, stimulation, velocity strings (VS), and fishing.

Introduction

CTRWI in Sub-Andean Basin fields had not been implemented historically because of limited road access to the fields, lack of available equipment with high technical capabilities, high pressure, and well depth. Beginning in 2017, however, operators evaluated the risk and elected to perform CTRWI involving stimulation, cleanout, N2 lift, fishing, VS jobs, and other techniques.

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