Expro Excellence
Wireless Well Solutions
Real-time wireless PCP monitoring
Customer challenges
  • An operator onshore East Africa required real-time pressure and temperature measurements while drill stem testing (DST) multiple zones to evaluate the reservoir and define the ongoing development plan for the field 
  • The reservoir contained heavy oils and a progressive cavity pump (PCP) was run in each test for artificial lift
  • Wireless real-time surface read out (SRO) data from the test intervals was needed to optimize operations, however this has historically not been possible due the PCP noise and downhole equipment
Expro Excellence
  • An opportunity was identified to instrument the well with CaTS gauges during the test, thus enabling surface read out (SRO) data to be captured throughout the testing operation, and subsequent monitoring and optimization of the PCP unit
  • 5 DST runs with PCP were performed on the well using below tester valve and below packer gauge stations
  • A CaTS gauge carrier was used below the tester valve (the primary station), whilst gauges were also externally clamped onto the tailpipe below the packer (the secondary station)
  • Wireless SRO data was received at surface throughout the operation of the PCP, despite the noise, proving the concept of using CaTS gauges in artificial lift operations
Value to client
  • A wireless SRO data point was received at surface every 90 seconds from the primary gauge station, whilst a data point was received every 30 minutes from the secondary tailpipe station
  • The SRO data was used as the primary means to monitor the pump intake pressure and the resultant drawdown on the sand face
  • Provided a means to ascertain the proper function of the downhole TCP guns and the operation of the pressure operated tester valve (POTV)
  • The SRO function allowed the client to terminate the test early due to real-time monitoring and analysis of the reservoir data and pressure transient during the build-ups
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Real-time wireless PCP monitoring

In Brief
CaTS™ wireless gauge installation provides technical breakthrough for operations utilising PCP for artificial lift during well testing
Product Line
Wireless Well Solutions
Region
Asia-Pacific
Customer challenges
  • An operator onshore East Africa required real-time pressure and temperature measurements while drill stem testing (DST) multiple zones to evaluate the reservoir and define the ongoing development plan for the field 
  • The reservoir contained heavy oils and a progressive cavity pump (PCP) was run in each test for artificial lift
  • Wireless real-time surface read out (SRO) data from the test intervals was needed to optimize operations, however this has historically not been possible due the PCP noise and downhole equipment
Expro Excellence
  • An opportunity was identified to instrument the well with CaTS gauges during the test, thus enabling surface read out (SRO) data to be captured throughout the testing operation, and subsequent monitoring and optimization of the PCP unit
  • 5 DST runs with PCP were performed on the well using below tester valve and below packer gauge stations
  • A CaTS gauge carrier was used below the tester valve (the primary station), whilst gauges were also externally clamped onto the tailpipe below the packer (the secondary station)
  • Wireless SRO data was received at surface throughout the operation of the PCP, despite the noise, proving the concept of using CaTS gauges in artificial lift operations
Value to client
  • A wireless SRO data point was received at surface every 90 seconds from the primary gauge station, whilst a data point was received every 30 minutes from the secondary tailpipe station
  • The SRO data was used as the primary means to monitor the pump intake pressure and the resultant drawdown on the sand face
  • Provided a means to ascertain the proper function of the downhole TCP guns and the operation of the pressure operated tester valve (POTV)
  • The SRO function allowed the client to terminate the test early due to real-time monitoring and analysis of the reservoir data and pressure transient during the build-ups
Contact

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