With traditional milling services, operators often have to make multiple runs to mill out every plug in an extended lateral. Sometimes, the bottomhole assembly cannot reach the lower sections of the well with enough weight-on-bit to remove the deepest plugs. To help operators reach total depth in a single trip in extended lateral wells, Baker Hughes has launched the coiled-tubing-conveyed Versa Drive extended lateral milling service. In this video from 27 March at the 2018 SPE/ICoTA Coiled Tubing and Well Intervention Conference in the Woodlands, Texas, Erik van Steveninck, Global Product Line Manager, Thru-Tubing Intervention, explains how the Versa Drive is able to reach and remove every plug in a single run. He also discusses a recent field trial in the Permian, during which the service was used to mill out 68 plugs in a single run, without chemicals.
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