ARTIFICIAL LIFT TECHBOOK: TECHNOLOGY
ower oil prices and cost reduction pressures
have prompted operators, service companies
and equipment manufacturers to develop new
technologies and approaches in artifcial lift that
are more effcient, reliable and robust. All are quali-
ties that can help deliver lower initial and operating
costs to battered budgets. Accomplishing this task
is no easy feat, especially for those working in the
North American shale plays.
The steep learning curve that unconventional
plays presented over the last decade required drill-
ers to learn fast and adapt quickly to fnd success.
For example, longer laterals contacted more of the
reservoir. Multiple wells on a single pad lead to
Providers look to collaboration and new technologies
to keep production fowing in unconventional wells.
Look at Artifcial Lift
By Jennifer Presley
Senior Editor, Production Technologies
A pump jack keeps oil production fowing for
one Permian Basin operator one nod at a time.
(Photo by Tom Fox, courtesy of Oil and Gas Investor)