Saudi Aramco Unveils 'Smart Well'

Shaybah-119 is the Saudi Aramco's first multilateral horizontal Maximum Reservoir Contact (MRC) well, drilled in the Rub' al-Khali's Shaybah field completed with smart-well technology. The new technology allows better reservoir control and maximizes sweep efficiency, a measurement of how efficiently oil is being withdrawn from a reservoir.

The well consists of two laterals and one mother bore with a total reservoir contact of 8.6 kilometers. The principal application of smart-well completion technology is the ability to actively manage reservoir recovery.

With this new technology, operators can monitor and control the well's down-hole production at the reservoir with no physical intervention.

Comprehensive control mechanisms to selectively open, close or restrict production from each lateral can be operated hydraulically from the surface.