Artificial Lift Techbook 2019

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42 | April 2019 | ARTIFICIAL LIFT: AUTOMATION AND WELLSITE MONITORING O nce a well goes online it produces not just oil and gas, but vast amounts of useful data that, until recently, many companies weren't quite sure how to utilize. As wells age and are put on artificial lift, they produce more data. Companies with hundreds or thousands of wells in production face considerable challenges to ensure each of those wells is performing to its maximum capability and doing so without a lift system failure. Taking these factors and challenges into con- sideration, it would stand to reason artificial lift is ripe for the implementation of automation and monitoring systems. Companies that operate in the artificial lift automation and monitoring space believe such systems help streamline operations and provide valuable and vast information to help operators make better decisions, save money and increase production. "There's a need to have some workflow around all of this data in terms of how do we high grade what's important, how do we see what we need to act on, and how do we integrate that process of action into a routine process around making controlled decisions," said Graham Makin, vice president of sales, marketing and investor relations for Silverwell. Automated optimization, he said, enables cross-functional collaboration among different tech- nical disciplines of a company's operations, including Systems aid in predicting failures and optimizing production. Artificial Lift Enters Age of Automation By Brian Walzel Associate Editor, Production Technologies Automation systems from Silverwell allow remote monitoring capabilities. (Photo courtesy of Silverwell)

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