J.H. Azzola (Thermal Science Inc.) | D.P. Tselepidakis (Fluent Inc.) | P.D. Pattillo (BP America) | J.F. Richey (BP America) | S.J. Tinker (BP America) | R.A. Miller (Viking Engineering) | S.J. Segreto (Tube-Alloy Products)
Vacuum insulated tubing (VIT) has been used successfully to mitigate the potentially harmful effects of annular pressure buildup (APB). In a recent deepwater installation, the subject well had lost alternate APB mitigation capability through a series of events. VIT was then chosen as the only viable technology.
A common design companion of VIT is gelled brine, chosen to decrease annular natural convection driven by heat loss around the VIT connections.
- Document ID: SPE-90232-MS
- Publisher: Society of Petroleum Engineers
- Source: SPE Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition, 26-29 September, Houston, Texas
- Publication Date: 2004