A few weeks ago, we wrote a blog on reducing CO2 emissions in oil and gas operations. Based on the initial commitments coming out of the COP-26 conference in Scotland (Glasgow), it appears reducing methane emissions, is even more important than reducing CO2, so we thought we should revisit our blog theme and expand the topic.
With Halloween upon us and daylight savings not too far away, we thought we’d take a look at the darker side of our business and ask the question:
"What haunts Production Managers?"
There is huge pressure on our industry to reduce CO2 and greenhouse gas emissions. And, if we all went back to riding a bike or a horse to work, we could reduce emissions, but let’s face it that’s not happening anytime soon. The lure of those air-conditioned Ford F-150 seats are much more appealing on a hot 100°F+ summers day!
There are many high investment, long lead solutions to assist with reducing emissions or being carbon neutral, such as carbon sequestration, reducing gas flaring, identification, and remedy of methane leaks, or investing in renewable projects. But, none of these are immediate changes that provide a benefit now.
In this blog we’ll look at a few practical measures, that any operator can take, to have an immediate impact on how you manage your wells day to day and reduce emissions.
“A few weeks ago we reposted an article by Scott Wilson on “Why We Matter”, continuing the theme I’d like to repost another excellent SPE article on “The Future Need for Petroleum Engineering”. This article presents an optimistic future, that can help us continue to hire great talent into our industry.
One of the questions we frequently get from graduates during hiring is “Isn’t your industry dead”, or worse the death blow statement “I thought you made software, I didn’t realise you’re oil and gas, I’m not interested!”.
You know the scene, an ESP failed overnight, the production dance is going on. You need to get the well back online asap…..
What information should you give your vendor(s) to perform the design and what information has the most impact on design? This article will show why it is important to use a high reservoir pressure if you want to guarantee your desired production….
When worldwide oil and gas consumption reached record levels yet again in 2017, SPE members were there when it counted, helping to generate more light and power for billions of people across the world.
Do you want your ESPs to be the Tom Brady of quarterbacks? Whether you’re a fan or not, Tom’s track record is impressive, especially his most recent Superbowl win. To be so successful has required intelligence, hours of (proper)practice, the right mindset, change and dedication to being a superstar. He has done things differently from other quarterbacks. Success with ESPs is the same and requires things to be done differently.
Getting ESPs (or any artificial lift method) to produce at lower cost/bbl requires trained staff, appropriate systems, good processes and attention to detail.
In a previous blog we identified some best practices related to gaslift, we thought we’d do the same for ESPs. Our best practices are based on our “True Production Optimization” process. If you’d like to know our top twenty best practices to solve your ESP problems….read on …..
One of the nice things about gaslift, is that events that cause lost production, can sometimes be resolved by performing troubleshooting at surface. I like to quote JPT Emerging Technology Senior Editor, Stephen Rassenfoss:
“When a gas lift system starts performing poorly, there is a good chance no one will notice. It is not an event that demands attention like a broken pump. A gas lift system will continue injecting gas into wells and oil will continue to come out. Just not as much oil as there could be.....”
If you happen to notice that your well is producing less fluid, there are things you can do to troubleshoot the issue. This article will focus on Troubleshooting Gas Lift Wells.
With 50 years experience, Tom Nations is an expert in Gas-Lift and NODAL Analysis. In our latest guest article, Tom breaks down the process of trouble-shooting surface problems on a Gas-lifted well. He explains how carrying out the correct checks and diagnosing these issues early can avoid the added expense of having to perform a costly workover.
Are you and your team struggling to improve productivity, automate artificial lift optimization, reduce risk from predictive failure/proactive interventions, lower OPEX and increase operating cashflow all while producing more oil through existing assets? There is a solution with proven results.
This blog was inspired by a posting by Jim Hall (retired Shell Gaslift SME) on LinkedInin 2020 where he shared his tally book-sized gas lift best practices. We’ve taken his ideas and given them a little bit of an update for modern technology and tools. We hope you find this useful.
Gas lift is an appropriate and effective lift method for many well types, especially gassy wells. Robust and reliable, gas lift wells continue to produce — even when operating inefficiently. However, this also creates a huge opportunity— if we can diagnose when a gas lift well is being operated sub-optimally then it gives us an opportunity to recover a missing wedge of production. You do not have to let lower production be the norm — using these best practices you can improve the management of your gas lift wells and data to maximize your well production.