Study Reviews Multilateral Installation Improvements on the North West Shelf

This paper provides an overview of multilateral operations on the North West Shelf of Australia.

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Multilaterals wells on the North West Shelf of Australia have been installed for over a decade. An overview of the well architecture, technology evolution, reliability, and efficiency of these operations is presented in the complete paper. The study is focused on subsea multilateral campaigns, where multiple global and regional first installations took place in mature fields.


Multilateral developments in Australia mainly have been completed off subsea installations, with fewer performed from jack-up rigs. These multilateral completions mostly have been installed with the junction located in the producing reservoir sands.

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