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How to use fiber-optic sensors to validate FCD performance

As part of a Joint Industry Project focused on optimizing FCD design and selection, fiber-optic based instrumentation was deployed in FCD-equipped SAGD producer wells to collect distributed temperature and acoustic sensing data to better understand the fluid inflow distribution.

In addition, acoustic instrumentation was installed in parallel with a high temperature, multiphase flow loop located at C-FER to try and better understand the correlation between an FCD’s operating condition and its measured acoustic response. Details of the test program, including observations from the lab and field data, and the proposed next steps are presented in a paper co-authored by Daniel Booy.

The paper will be presented at the upcoming SPE Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition in Calgary, Alberta on October 2, 2019 at 9:20 a.m. The presentation will be at Palomino A-C. You will learn about the suitability and limitations of fiber-optic logging to validate FCD performance in active SAGD wells.  

The entire paper – Characterization of Flow Control Device Performance with Distributed Fiber-Optic Sensors - is available through the 2019 SPE Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition.

Daniel Booy is a Senior Research Engineer in the Production Operations department at C-FER. His focus is on experimental testing of flow control devices. 

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