2016-Nov-1 - Downhole Flow Conditioning to Improve Well Production Economics

2016-Nov-1 - Downhole Flow Conditioning to Improve Well Production Economics

Reservoir Evaluation & Production Optimization Luncheon
←  SPE - Calgary Section

Reservoir Evaluation and Production Optimization:
Downhole Flow Conditioning to Improve Well Production Economics

Date: Tuesday, 1 November 2016
Speaker: Jeff Saponja, CEO
Production Plus Energy Service Inc.
Location: Calgary Petroleum Club
Time: 11:30 – 1:00 pm  
Cost: $45 SPE Members, $55 Non-members, $15 Students

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Abstract:

This presentation shares relevant long-term, multiple basin case studies that statistically demonstrate how downhole flow conditioning is used to smoothen slug flows from a horizontal wellbore to dramatically improve well production economics. The presentation shows sustained production increases from 25% to well over 200%, and mean-time between unplanned workovers improvements (including pump failures) from under three months to over two years.

Production Plus Energy Services Inc. has learned that the root cause of gas interference and solids damage to pumps, common in horizontal wells, is not poor equipment performance, but sluggy, intermittent production from the horizontal. Large variations in gas and oil rates and periods of only gas production from the horizontal overwhelm downhole artificial lift pumps. By conditioning the downhole flow, artificial lift pumps can operate efficiently and reliably.

This presentation reviews the theoretical basis of slug flow and overviews a downhole flow-conditioning artificial lift enhancing technology that can dramatically improve downhole pump performance. As a foundational piece of any pumping system, this artificial lift system addresses the root cause of gas interference and solids damage. It smooths slug flow from the horizontal and provides consistent gas and liquid rates to the downhole separator, allowing it to efficiently deliver degassed and solids-free liquid to the pump. As a result smaller pumping equipment can capably achieve higher production rates while simultaneously maximizing drawdown and reducing unit lifting costs over the life of the well.

Case studies show that with smooth flow substantial improvements in pump efficiencies and reliability occur along with an ability to increase production drawdown. The combination of increased pump efficiency and increased drawdown allows the pump to be positioned vertical inclinations and at shallower depths. Shallower pump placement and smaller artificial lift equipment, can reduce CAPEX and OPEX.  As a result smaller pumping equipment can efficiently achieve higher production rates while simultaneously maximizing drawdown and reducing unit lifting costs over the life of the well.

Speaker Bio:

Jeff Saponja, P.Eng, is an entrepreneurial leader in the oil and gas industry. It was during Jeff’s tenure at TriAxon Oil Corp. that he and his team at TriAxon were able to identify the root cause of horizontal artificial lift challenges. Their drive for innovation resulted in the design and development of the HEAL System™ and the subsequent creation of Production Plus Energy Services Inc. With over 18 months of field use, the HEAL System has over 100 installs across North America.

Jeff’s executive career was prefaced by an accomplished work history including positions with Weatherford Canada, Shell (UK) in the North Sea, and Husky Energy (Canada). In senior engineering positions, Jeff acquired extensive technical experience in horizontal underbalanced drilling, multi-stage fracture stimulation, and artificial lift.

Jeff holds a B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Calgary and completed an MBA at the University of East Anglia in the United Kingdom.

The SPE would like to thank our sponsor for this luncheon: Energy Navigator

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November 1, 2016
From 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
Calgary Petroleum Club
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