Downhole PC pump selection and sizing - PetroWiki


The key technical considerations and decisions involved in selecting a progressing cavity pump(PCP) for a particular application include pump displacement, pressure capability, geometric design, elastomer type, and rotor coating characteristics. Other factors, such as local vendor choice and economics can also affect pump selection. Figure 1 provides a flow chart of the key decisions. When selecting a PC pump, the two most critical requirements are adequate displacement capacity and pressure capability to ensure that the pump can deliver the required fluid rate and net lift for the intended application. It is typical to select pumps with a design (i.e., theoretical) flow rate that is somewhat higher than the expected fluid rate to reflect pump inefficiencies during production operations.