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    Statoil says first remote well completion achieved

    News // September 27, 2002
    The world's first successful remotely-operated re-completion of a subsea well from a mobile rig has been carried out by Statoil.

    Deepsea Trym performed the work with I-3 H, an oil producer on the Rimfaks satellite to Statoil's Gullfaks field in the North Sea.

    The job was done using the surface-controlled reservoir analysis and management system (Scrams). This has been developed by the Welldynamics company belonging to Halliburton and Shell.

    Statoil has previously applied Scrams for remote operation of wells from platforms on its Gullfaks and Sleipner fields. The system makes it possible to monitor and control well operations without expensive interventions, reports Hermod Johansen, reservoir development manager for the Gullfaks satellites.

    Evaluation of the recently completed job will help to determine whether Statoil should continue with remotely-operated well completion.

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