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Production of high-viscosity fluids can result in significant flow losses through the production tubing and surface piping. In some instances, the pressure requirements generated because of flow losses can exceed the hydrostatic head on a well. Pressure losses in the system accumulate and are reacted at the pump, where they cause additional pump pressure loading, leading directly to increased rod-string axial loads and system torque. It is critical that system design account for the "worst-case" flow losses, particularly the selection of the pump (pressure rating), rod string (torque capacity), and prime mover (power output). Over the past decade, progressive cavity pump (PCP) systems have become a very popular artificial-lift method for producing heavy oil (API gravity 18) wells throughout the world.[1][2]

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