Improved Rod-Pump Run Time in Sandy Wells Two Stages Filtration

VanNatta, John (Apache Corp.) | Logan, Phillip (Apache Corp.) | Stieg, Alyssa (Apache Corp.) | Gonzalez, Gustavo (Odessa Separator Inc.) | Guanacas, Luis (Odessa Separator Inc.)


Failures due to solid particles flowing with the production fluid is one of the main causes of interventions in wells with beam pumping systems. When this problem is accompanied with chemical deposition like scale, leads to a very common intervention during well operation. This paper proposes an analytical methodology that consists of evaluation of the particle size distribution, viability for the use of sand screens and centrifugal separation systems for sand control management in wells with short run time. These systems have proven effective for failure wells that requires a sand control management system when if not addressed increase the lifting costs leading many projects to be infeasible from an economic standpoint. All the technical considerations are explained focusing on the information required and the parameters analyzed to recommend the most accurate design for sand control; selected approaches and models that have been developed to improve the run time due to sand issues are shown in this paper. A case study is showed in a well with average run time of 27 days indicating that identification of particle size distribution was a key factor to provide the right solution for sand control management. These novel applications help operators to reduced OPEX (operating expense), by minimizing well Interventions, decreasing failures in the pump; stabilizing the production and reducing the unforeseen interruption.