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Casing Patch

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Legitimating the use of casing patch technology. 

Today the recovery optimization of hydrocarbon production is getting more and more important to operators. Managing oil and gas reservoirs more efficiently has become increasingly complex:

The need for a patch to isolate unwanted perforations in both production and injection wells has been growing

The necessity of a patch to restore casing integrity is now almost inevitable:

  • To prevent the well from fluid or gas migrations in the annulus
  • To prevent the well from any risk of a blowout
  • To lengthen the lifespan of the well
  • To stimulate and preserve the production rates

Restoring casing integrity 

Casing repair or perforations shutoff involves obtaining a downhole pressure-resistant inner-lining seal system, while at the same time allowing maximum Inside Diameter – ID access for further well intervention.

Saltel Xpandable Patch does not significantly reduce the casing diameter nor restricts the access to the wellbore below. A wide number of very different solutions have been used, including cement squeezes (After numerous cement squeeze failures, Patches can be successfully set to complete the failing cement operation as a cement backup solution, and avoid casing leaks in an oil or gas well), injection of gels, straddle packers, and various composite and other casing patches, all with varying levels of success.

Saltel Industries have developed, tested, and successfully trialed (several hundreds of casing patches installed worldwide) the use of their stainless steel Patch being expanded in situ, to create high pressure–resistant inner lining inside the tubular. Initially designed for perforation shut-off, the technology is now suitable for repairing both short lengths of damaged or corroded completion, but also for repairing damaged completion modules.

Xpandable Steel Patch Principle

Saltel Xpandable Patch is a remedial expandable steel solution for the oil and gas wells’ integrity. Casing leaks and damaged completion issues need oilfield solutions that can resist harsh environments while maintaining or bringing back the oil or gas production to satisfactory levels. Saltel Patch meets effectively all these oilfield downhole challenges.

casing patch to isolate unwanted perforations

Saltel Patch is an economic way to stimulate the well production or to avoid plug and abandonment operations. One of the best advantages of an Xpandable Casing Patch is the maximum internal diameter provided post-installation, leaving full access to the well below, along with the ID initially requested by the client, and validated by our dedicated software (job planner) before the casing patch installation.

Saltel Casing Patch is a permanent solution, repairing zones of damaged tubing or casing, shutting-off unwanted perforations – modifying injection profiles, and shutting off gas and water (the Casing Patch reduces the water cut: large volumes of water may be produced to keep some Oil company operators’ wells at economic oil production rates. As a result, numerous perforations zones need to be isolated with an inner lining system), to seal a leaking DV tool, a damaged frac port, or leaking sand screens or ICDs (new well applications) + other remedial applications. High temperature and harsh environment Casing Patches can also be used for damaged tubular, slotted liners, or screens in thermal applications (Steam Assisted Gravity Drainage – SAGD, and Cyclic Steam Stimulation – CSS).

Setting Procedure

Saltel Casing Patch consists of high-quality stainless steel and elastomer outer skin with a profiled sealing system. The patch sets with tubing, drill pipe, and now smart coil tubing. At depth, we expand the patch using a high-pressure inflatable packer, pushing it against the casing and overpressuring to activate the outer seals. Once installed, the setting tools are POOH. Our Casing Patch exists in various thicknesses, according to the well’s required specific application.