PCP PDO Wells Runlife Enhancement Using Well Manager

Al Mamari, H. A. (Petroleum Development Oman)



OBJECTIVES/SCOPE: Please list the objectives and scope of the proposed paper. (25-75 words)

PCP population in PDO fields is around 18% of the total Artificial Lift systems with an average runlife of around 360 days. The main cause of failure are tubing leak and sand resulting in parted rods & pump stuck. Continuous PCP surveillance/ monitoring are key to understand pump performance and hence increase their runlife. With this objective, PDO has installed a PCP Controller application / surveillance tool called Well Manager in number of wells on trial basis.

METHODS PROCEDURES, PROCESS: Briefly explain your overall approach, including your methods, procedures and process. (75-100 words)

In the current set up, PCPs are operated using speed mode and the fluid level checked occasionally using simple fluid shot apparatus whereas with Well Manager they can be operated using different function like production optimization mode, dynamic fluid level or speed control mode all of these modes can be associated with de-sanding function or torque limiting function. These modes to be functional require running downhole gauge, casing pressure, flow line pressure and surface flow rate meters. Surveillance data collected from these meters while these modes are activated has allowed PCPs to automatically optimize their operating conditions to prevent trip due to sand accumulation and pump stuck and therefore increase runlife time.

RESULTS, OBSERVATIONS, CONCLUSIONS: Please describe the results, observations and conclusions of the proposed paper. (100-200 words)

New PCP setup was installed in well No.1 aiming to reduce solids whilst keeping production rate as it was expected. Well Manager with automated flushing feature every 8 hours, and down hole gauge installed with ant-vibration sub has led for doubling the run life and eliminating FBU interventions. This has resulted in increasing run life from 113 to 239 days and still running. Moreover, compared to the old design in this well, the new set up managed to produce same flow rate using a smaller pump size with lower solids production rate. Another four units installed and showing positive results as well as stability with less well trips and increase in run life.

Please explain how this paper will present novel (new) or additive information to the existing body of literature that can be of benefit to a practicing engineer. (25-75 words)

The novelty and combination of the Well Manager set up can be replicated and implemented in all PCP wells in the oil industry helping to increase pumps runlife, reduce well intervention cost and oil deferment and therefore, reducing the life cycle cost.