Jul 20, 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM (CT)
July SPE OKC Monthly Luncheon
Will Rogers Theater, July 20th, 2017, 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Considering Transitioning from Gas Lift to Increase Drawdown? How Mitigating Slug Flow Results in Significant Increase in Multiple Well NPV's
Presented by Jeff Saponja, CEO, HEAL Systems Abstract
Production challenges in horizontal wells are primarily caused by slug flow behaviour from the horizontal. Slug flow has resulted in a predicament for Production Engineers, where attempts to increase production drawdown have compromised downhole pump reliability. In response, a system solution was developed to mitigate slug flow before fluids enter the downhole separator and pump. Slug flow mitigation enhances rod pumping, allowing it to be more effective and efficient, offering a solution for low cost OPEX to reliably maximize drawdown.
This presentation analyzes multiple Permian Basin installations of a slug flow mitigation solution where transitioning from gas lifting to rod pumping resulted in a production improvement. It explores requirements for intermediate artificial lift systems, challenges achieving production forecasts, managing declines, slug flow consequences and solids production mechanisms, and impacts from horizontal wellbore trajectories. The presentation compares recent long-term, case studies that demonstrate the impact of slug flow mitigation on well production economics. It offers insights into long-term NPV benefits achieved by transitioning from gas lifting to rod pumping.
Biography As Chief Executive Officer of HEAL Systems., Jeff Saponja is an entrepreneurial leader in the oil and gas industry. It was during Jeff’s tenure at TriAxon Oil Corp. that he and his team at TriAxon were able to identify the root cause of horizontal artificial lift challenges. Their drive for innovation resulted in the design and development of the HEAL System™ and the subsequent creation of Production Plus Energy Services Inc., now a joint venture with
Oklahoma City, OK, United States