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Artificial Lift Techbook 2018

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EPmag.com | July 2018 | 9 ARTIFICIAL LIFT: KEY PLAYERS The company also provides "Best Practices for Rod Pumping Horizontal Shale Wells" workshops throughout the U.S. for its rod pump customers, where operators and DNOW rod pump experts can discuss specific issues and solutions. eLynx Technologies The eLynx software suite enables improved oil and gas production through SCADA monitoring, opera- tional intelligence and predictive analytics. The com- pany's SCADA monitoring services offer end-to-end security, field-hardened sensor and cloud commu- nication networks, data normalization and custom user configurations. eLynx's operational intelligence systems help users assess wells, identify production opportunities or high-priority issues, and focus on solving problems. Its predictive analytics operations offer digital twin monitoring and data analytics that can help improve production and cut costs by suggesting optimal well settings and forecasting looming problems in time to take action. The company's operational intelligence site, used in addition to SCADA, delivers visibility, productivity and insight for production teams. It speeds decisions and sharpens insight for users in the oil field. eLynx's data scientists use SCADA readings to clarify what is happening downhole. Armed with clean data, eLynx's systems give engineers new insight into optimizing well operations and predicting future well behavior. The company's digital twin models can simulate and test a higher number of combinations of settings. As a result, users will discover simple ways to increase production quickly, usually at no additional cost. Emerson Emerson offers artificial lift optimization software that constantly responds to constraints and chang- ing well production compositions. The company's Dynamic Lift Optimization (DLO) system automatically determines and controls set points of the lift system in real time. The lift optimi- zation system enhances augmented static theoretical models and automatically operates lift systems with the most limiting set of constraints. It allows changes to be made to the system configuration when needed while distributing lift energy in real time to the wells that will benefit most. In one example of Emerson's DLO, a model of an offshore platform 15 years into its 25-year life span experienced a dramatic change in its water cut, which resulted in the platform's water handling system at capacity. The system was optimized by placing actuators on each valve, allow- ing quicker test cycles through each of the seven wells. The test separator was replaced with a Roxar multiphase flowmeter, which allowed quicker testing of every well in sequence and on a daily basis. The result was quicker optimization and automation of well testing as well as a 4% to 14% improvement in production on the platform. That improvement would result in a 400-bbl/d to 1,400-bbl/d increase in production. For onshore operations, DLO con- tributes to improved production efficiencies as well as reducing lease operating expenses. Extreme Telematics Corp. Private engineering firm Extreme Telematics Corp. (ETC) specializes in designing and manufacturing low-power, extreme-temperature-certified electronics for industrial applications and hazardous locations. ETC's plunger lift product line includes the Cyclops plunger arrival sensor, Sasquatch plunger velocity sensor, the ALiEn 2 plunger lift controller and the Iris wireless bridge. ETC's most recent development, tracking kin- etic energy of plunger arrivals with Sasquatch, generates alarms on hard and dangerous impacts at surface. This helps producers use predictive maintenance to extend the lifespan of wellhead equipment, increase safety and reduce trips to the site, according to the company. The Industrial Internet of Things-enabled DLO software dashboard allows production engineers anywhere in the world, as well as site operators, to visually see the production (actual) versus optimum at each level of the hierarchy, from field to platform to well to completion. (Image courtesy of Emerson)

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