Expro Excellence
Meters
Optimisation of gas lift network performance
Customer challenges
  • Artificial lift (gas lift) optimisation for an unmanned platform in a mature field in the North Sea
  • The customer was calculating gas lift injection rates based on choke size, with no actual volumetric measurement
  • Expro was approached to confirm the validity of the calculated gas lift injection rates for well performance modelling
  • The customer wanted to inject gas at different rates by adjusting the choke size to verify if the produced oil rates were optimised by observing Tubing Head Pressure (THP) and the oil rate
Expro Excellence
  • Expro mobilised one field technician and one meter set to complete the operation, highlighting how compact, flexible and how easily mobilised our system is
  • Expro performed a surveillance campaign moving a 2-inch ActiveSONAR meter to test six different gas lift injection lines
  • The injection choke sizes were adjusted from 100% to 25% to determine the optimal gas lift rate
Value to client
  • Each well was successfully tested within a 24-hour period, including rig up, multi-rate choke test and rig down
  • SONAR meter diagnostics indicated unstable gas flow in all six wells at the higher choke settings. This insight confirmed there was insufficient gas supply leading to suboptimal performance of the injection network and associated loss of net oil production
  • SONAR meter diagnostics indicated that there was wetness in the lift gas system which prompted the customer to perform maintenance on the upstream dehydration plant
  • Five of the six wells were successfully tested at multi rates.  One well had a change in choke size, but this did not yield any change in gas lift rates or associated production rates which indicated that the choke was non-functional and prompted the customer to perform maintenance
  • Expro was able to optimise production improving overall oil production, identify plant issues and assist the customer with improving gas lift modelling
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Optimisation of gas lift network performance

In Brief
Expro was able to optimise production improving overall oil production, identify plant issues and assist the customer with improving gas lift modelling
Product Line
Meters
Region
Europe and Sub Saharan Africa
Customer challenges
  • Artificial lift (gas lift) optimisation for an unmanned platform in a mature field in the North Sea
  • The customer was calculating gas lift injection rates based on choke size, with no actual volumetric measurement
  • Expro was approached to confirm the validity of the calculated gas lift injection rates for well performance modelling
  • The customer wanted to inject gas at different rates by adjusting the choke size to verify if the produced oil rates were optimised by observing Tubing Head Pressure (THP) and the oil rate
Expro Excellence
  • Expro mobilised one field technician and one meter set to complete the operation, highlighting how compact, flexible and how easily mobilised our system is
  • Expro performed a surveillance campaign moving a 2-inch ActiveSONAR meter to test six different gas lift injection lines
  • The injection choke sizes were adjusted from 100% to 25% to determine the optimal gas lift rate
Value to client
  • Each well was successfully tested within a 24-hour period, including rig up, multi-rate choke test and rig down
  • SONAR meter diagnostics indicated unstable gas flow in all six wells at the higher choke settings. This insight confirmed there was insufficient gas supply leading to suboptimal performance of the injection network and associated loss of net oil production
  • SONAR meter diagnostics indicated that there was wetness in the lift gas system which prompted the customer to perform maintenance on the upstream dehydration plant
  • Five of the six wells were successfully tested at multi rates.  One well had a change in choke size, but this did not yield any change in gas lift rates or associated production rates which indicated that the choke was non-functional and prompted the customer to perform maintenance
  • Expro was able to optimise production improving overall oil production, identify plant issues and assist the customer with improving gas lift modelling
Contact

For further information, please contact:

nigel.webster@exprogroup.com