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inflow control valve

1. n. [Well Completions]

An active component installed as part of a well completion to partially or completely choke flow into a well. Inflow control valves can be installed along the reservoir section of the completion, with each device typically separated from the next via a packer. Each valve can be controlled from the surface to maintain flow conformance and, as the reservoir depletes, to stop unwanted fluids from entering the wellbore. A permanent downhole cable provides electric and hydraulic conduits to relay commands from the surface to each valve.

Alternate Form: ICV

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