|Artificial Lift Systems - ALS|
|Gas Lift - GLI|
|Gas Well Deliquification - GWD|
|Plunger Lift - PLS|
Discipline: Production and Completions Engineering
Duration: 5 days
Instructor(s): James Lea
|There are about 400,000 gas wells in the USA and most are liquid loaded. Solving this problem may increase production as much as ~40%. Plunger lift is a very popular method of gas well dewatering as it is initially inexpensive, has a long operating life and requires no power to operate in most wells. Each component of a plunger lift system is described in detail, and tools for analysis are provided to participants. Several methods of cycles analysis, including analysis by shape of the SCADA traces of CP, TP, rate, and LP are discussed and applied throughout the course using a spreadsheet provided to participants to estimate the cycle slug size, the CP required to lift it at the correct speed, the minimum time for shut-in for the plunger to fall, the maximum liquid possible, the cycle times, and other information on the plunger cycle. Proven methods of how to adjust cycles to increase production are presented. Details about plunger lift operation are covered, with emphasis on trouble free cycles and more gas production. Continuous (bypass), conventional, gas assisted and casing plunger lift are presented. Special equipment and techniques used in unconventional or horizontal wells are discussed, as well as the effect that well deviation has on system operation. The course has a good balance between slide and video presentations, example problems, and group discussion. Some programs and SS will be distributed to the participants. One personal computer is provided, at additional cost, for each two participants.|
Engineers and field technicians that design, operate, monitor, and optimize plunger lift operations.
You Will Learn:
DR. JAMES F. LEA, JR. is an instructor of industry courses and is involved in industry production and artificial lift related projects. He has received the SPE award for 'Legends of Artificial Lift.' He spent 20 years with Amoco Corporation and was involved in consulting on flowing/lifting wells, testing, and research on lift methods, creating new computer programs for lifted and flowing wells, teaching production schools and monitoring JIPs on pipeline flow, artificial lift, erosion, corrosion, and others. He is on the API and SPE committees for electrical submersible pumps, gas lift, and artificial lift systems, and is a member of the panel for the ESP roundtable. He has been an SPE Distinguished Lecturer two times and has presented and organized numerous conferences for artificial lift. He played a major role in organizing the Denver Gas Well De-Watering forum, which is continuing after multiple successful occurrences. He has authored or co-authored: the book "Deliquification of Gas Wells" (Elesevier), the chapter of the new SPE productions Handbook on Artificial Lift Selection and other book chapters, as well as over 65 technical papers and articles on artificial lift systems. He received the SPE Production Engineering Award in 1996 and was the recipient of the 1990 J. C. Slonneger Award from SWPSC, Lubbock, Texas, given to individuals who have made outstanding contributions in the field of petroleum engineering. He is a Registered PE in Texas, has 9 US patents, and received a BSME and MSME in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Arkansas and a PhD from Southern Methodist University.
In-House Course Presentations
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