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1. (WO2018222352) METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR DOWNHOLE SENSING AND COMMUNICATIONS IN WELLS

Pub. No.:    WO/2018/222352    International Application No.:    PCT/US2018/031698
Publication Date: Fri Dec 07 00:59:59 CET 2018 International Filing Date: Wed May 09 01:59:59 CEST 2018
IPC: E21B 47/12
E21B 47/06
Applicants: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
Inventors: SHAH, Vimal, Vinod
ACACIO, Victor, Jose
CHAPMAN, Walter
COPE, Jewell
ZHANG, Jinfeng
Title: METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR DOWNHOLE SENSING AND COMMUNICATIONS IN WELLS
Abstract:
A production well includes a casing and encapsulated tubing positioned within the casing. The encapsulated tubing includes a conductive sidewall defining a channel for an injection fluid. The production well further includes an insulative layer surrounding the conductive sidewall. The production well also includes a controller configured to regulate flow of an electrical current through the conductive sidewall. The production well further includes production tubing positioned within the casing and configured to channel a production fluid through the casing. The insulative layer is configured to inhibit transmission of the electrical current between the conductive sidewall and the production tubing. The production well also includes at least one sensor positioned within the casing to detect downhole conditions of the production well. The conductive sidewall is configured to conduct electrical current toward the at least one sensor.