As a former Marathon Oil production and reservoir engineer who has personally managed nearly 1,000 wells in the company’s core play, Jesse Filipi understands first hand how time-consuming set point optimization can be. During his time at Marathon, the company underwent a massive well expansion. But, despite the steep growth curve, Jesse felt that he and his team were not given the tools to be successful. Considering that the engineering team is effectively the revenue center of any production company, he knew there had to be a better way to effectively manage large scale well operations.
Topics: Pump by Exception, Essential Well Management, Artificial Lift, Production Engineering, Automation, Optimization, Horizontal Wells, Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence, SCADA, Value Creation, Production Operations, Data Science, Feature Engineering, Disruptive
Artificial lift optimization is one of the core activities Production Engineers and Techs are asked to perform on a daily basis. Rod lift is the most widely used artificial lift type, deployed on horizontal and vertical wells alike. Due to the widespread use of rod pumps, consistent best practices have been established over time. When those operational best practices are adhered to, meaningful increases in field profitability of even the lowest producing wells have followed.
Despite their differences in the horizontal development and vertical legacy well context, industry best practices to optimize rod lift around efficiency, and thus profitability, have a consistent logic and methodology. First, wells are diagnosed as underpumping, dialed in, or overpumping. Second, based on the categorical classification, a consistent remediation workflow is applied based on the available levers to pull that either increase production or lower the number of damaging strokes into the system.
Topics: Essential Well Management, Stripper wells, Legacy wells, Brownfield, O&G, Oil and Gas, Rod Pump, SCADA, Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence, Data Science, Hierarchy of Needs, Pump by Exception, Vertical wells