Baker Hughes Launches MultiNode Intelligent Well System

Rigzone catches up with Baker Hughes at the Society of Petroleum Engineers annual conference in Amsterdam to find out about its new MultiNode intelligent well system.
Rigzone catches up with Baker Hughes at the Society of Petroleum Engineers annual conference in Amsterdam to find out about its new MultiNode intelligent well system.

 

 

Oilfield services firm Baker Hughes officially launched its MultiNode all-electric intelligent well system Tuesday. The system is designed to allow operators to remotely monitor and control a greater number of production zones in both cased and open-hole completions, the firm said.

At the Society of Petroleum Engineers' Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition in Amsterdam, Darrin Willauer, Baker Hughes Product Line Director for Intelligent Production Systems, explained the MultiNode intelligent well system to Rigzone.

"The significance of MultiNode electric completion is it allows us to extend the number of compartments we can make within a reservoir," Willauer said.

"Additionally we are controlling and monitoring everything from a single electric control line. We can actually run 27 valves – active flow control valves – on one line."

Willauer explained that when a well has a water breakthrough issue or gas breakthrough issue, it can prematurely turn from a healthy well to an unhealthy well with a lot of oil being left downhole.

"So [Baker Hughes'] objective is that we make sure we provide a tool for our clients that allows them to really balance that production and manage that production over time; not just a solution that's a point-in-time solution," he said.

"Because we can run a lot more valves in a single completion we can now get refined resolution of that reservoir."


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