PCP systems for directional and horizontal wells - PetroWiki

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Because of the inherent curvature (angle build sections) and angled bottomhole segment of directional and horizontal wells, optimization of a progressive cavity pump (PCP) system design for such applications begins with the drilling program. The first line of defense against rod/tubing-wear and sucker-rod fatigue problems in deviated and horizontal wells is a good wellbore profile (see previous sections on rod-string/tubing wear and rod loading). Ideally, the planned angle build rates should be kept as low as practical, and additional monitoring is typically required during drilling to ensure that the well closely follows the prescribed path. Note that slant wells (wells spud at an angle on surface), which typically have no planned curvature, often provide a good alternative to deviated wells for shallow reservoir developments as a means to avoid rod/tubing-wear problems. With slant wells, it is important to ensure that the well profile remains straight and does not "drop down" into the target bottomhole location.