This blog will discuss the questions that every unconventional operator wants to have answered, “which artificial lift method should I use?” and “when should I change lift method?”
Optimization is a goal for any number of industries, but in the oilfield, it means a lot of oil—and money—either gained or lost, depending on your well performance. Artificial lift is used in a large number of wells, and utilizing them in unconventional wells comes with complications which can challenge the performance of the lift system and the productivity of the well, not to mention ESP run life. Representing a large amount of financial investment and an even larger number of daily production barrels reliant upon artificial lift performance, artificial lift must be protected to prolong equipment life and ensure maximum production. With a variety of options to manage ESPs and gas lift, the question becomes: How quickly do you want to know what is going on so you can make prompt improvements?
Automation, digitalization, machine learning and analytics are seen as the panacea for our industry. But how do we accomplish this?
Here’s an interesting question …who’s leading the digital transformation of your company? Consider these possible answers for your organization:
- Your CEO
- Your CTO
- Your CIO
Would you like to increase ESP runlife? I think the answer for most operators would be a resounding ‘yes’, especially in a low oil price environment.
The goal with ESPs (or, for that matter, any other artificial lift method) is runlife extension. Driving extended runlife significantly reduces artificial lift cost and Lease Operating Expense (LOE). This article will provide an overview of what we need to do differently to increase the runlife and reliability of ESPs.