Smart Wells is an innovative technology applied in SPD to improve production efficiency. It allows production from two pay intervals at the same time. This technology requires the installation of downhole automatic equipment to continuously gather and transmit information to the surface on production or fluid injection profiles. The Smart Well technology allows measuring flows from each producing formation in real time and regulating water injection rates in injection wells. A standard configuration of downhole equipment will not have this option: additional work is required to determine the flow from each interval or how much water is injected into each of the formations. Expensive workovers are required to change the flow or injection profile. Besides, the Smart Well technology creates additional economic and environmental benefits, since it allows a reduction in the number of well pads and associated field infrastructure, and also helps meet the requirements of environmental regulations.
Pilot operation of Smart Wells in SPD started in 2006. Currently, 23 wells in the field are equipped with this technology.