Gustavo Gonzalez, Luis Guanacas and Bob Greer
Odessa Separator Inc.
Greg Wilkes, Broad Oak Energy
Poor performance in rod pumping wells using downhole gas separation tools is not uncommon. The stems from a lack of evaluating well conditions before inserting a template gas separation tool which can handle liquid production and free gas in the system. Evaluating well conditions before designing the downhole gas separation tool while applying static & centrifugal principals have led to increased success for recent installations.
This paper reviews cases studies where evaluations of well conditions dictated BHA design for downhole gas separation systems and improved the overall pump efficiency in poorly performing wells with high gas volume.