Automated Well Models Improve PCP Surveillance and Optimization
The paper describes a project automating the progressing-cavity-pump well-modeling process wherein models are built and sustained automatically in a well-management system for all active PCP wells.
The operator has completed a project in which the progressing-cavity-pump (PCP) well-modeling process is automated. Models are built and sustained automatically in a well-management system (WMS) for all active PCP wells, with a major effect on day-to-day operational activities. The complete paper discusses use of physics-based well models from the WMS to automatically update operating envelopes (OE), identify daily oil-gain potential, and enable real-time PCP performance through a well-management-visualization system (WMVS).
PCPs have gained popularity in recent years and, thus, have increased their footprint within the operator’s assets. At the time of writing, PCP wells contribute 19% of the operator’s net oil production, with a minimal water-cut rate per well in comparison with all other artificial-lift wells.