ExxonMobil, Weatherford form JV to mitigate sand production risk

ExxonMobil has entered into a joint development agreement with Weatherford International to develop and commercialize a new completion technology called MazeFlo, designed to mitigate sand production risk in a broad range of applications.

Offshore staff

IRVING, Texas -- ExxonMobil has entered into a joint development agreement with Weatherford International to develop and commercialize a new completion technology called MazeFlo, designed to mitigate sand production risk in a broad range of applications.

Under terms of the agreement, ExxonMobil Upstream Research Co. and Weatherford will work together to commercialize ExxonMobil's patented sand control technology that uses multiple screens and compartment baffles to improve well reliability and longevity. The new technology is designed to selectively limit sand production from problematic intervals, while maintaining full production from others.

The agreement with Weatherford covers design, engineering, and manufacturing of prototype sand screens to address common industry challenges such as sand retention, mechanical integrity, and quality control. MazeFlo is applicable in both onshore and offshore wells, and will complement ExxonMobil's broad suite of industry-leading completion technologies, the companies say.

"Sand production continues to be an industry focus area due to the impact of unwanted sand on well integrity and production," says Stephen M. Cassiani, president of ExxonMobil Upstream Research Co. "We are confident our collaboration with Weatherford will ensure both the manufacturing quality and the timely commercialization of our new technology."

05/28/2009

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