Completions and Operations Study Group, Considering Transitioning from Gas Lift to Increase Drawdown

When:  Feb 2, 2017 from 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM (CT)
Associated with  Permian Basin Section


SPE Permian Basin Completions Study Group

Considering Transitioning from Gas Lift to Increase Drawdown?

How Mitigating Slug Flow Results in Significant Increase in Multiple Well NPVs

February 2, 2017

5:30-7:00 p.m.

Wildcatter Room

Midland Petroleum Club


Jeff Saponja, CEO, Production Plus Energy Services Inc.



Production challenges in horizontal wells are caused by slug flow behavior from the horizontal. In response, Production Plus developed the flow conditioning HEAL System to mitigate slug flow before fluids enter the downhole separator and pump. Slug flow mitigation allows rod pumping to be more effective and efficient, offering a solution for low cost OPEX to reliably maximize drawdown.

This presentation analyzes multiple HEAL System installations in the Permian Basin that transitions from gas lifting to the HEAL System and rod pumping. It explores requirements for intermediate artificial lift systems, challenges achieving production forecasts, slug flow and solids production mechanisms, and impacts from horizontal trajectories. The presentation compares recent long-term, case studies that demonstrate the impact of flow conditioning on well production economics. It offers insights into long-term NPV benefits achieved by transitioning from gas lifting to the HEAL System with rod pumping.



Jeff Saponja, CEO, Production Plus Energy Services Inc.

As Chief Executive Officer of Production Plus Energy Services Inc., 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. With over 18 months of field use, the HEAL System has over 100 installs across North America.

Jeff’s executive career was prefaced by an accomplished work history including positions with Weatherford Canada, Shell (UK) in the North Sea, and Husky Energy (Canada). In senior engineering positions Jeff acquired extensive technical experience in horizontal underbalanced drilling, multi-stage fracture stimulation, and artificial lift.

Jeff holds a B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Calgary and completed an MBA at the University of East Anglia in the United Kingdom.


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