The Industry Challenge:
Certain oilfields and recovery methods are sensitive to thermal gradients between the formation and injected/produced fluids. Examples include:
- Permafrost Zones (i.e. thaw-induced subsidence)
- Cyclic Steam and SAGD Operations (i.e. injected steam quality)
- Deepwater Completions (i.e. to prevent hydrates)
- Geothermal Applications
To reduce unwanted heat transfer, Operators may install Vacuum Insulated Tubulars (VIT); however, VIT technology poses several challenges that are...