At this point, PEMEX deployed Production ExPRESS™ rapid production response solutions to help with the debottlenecking process. Production ExPRESS solutions are a suite of services focused on the wellhead and surface facilities to help operators maximize production and improve cash flow through rapid diagnosis and intervention.
Working as a team, Production ExPRESS solutions engineers partnered with the operator to redesign, reengineer, and retrofit the legacy separator. Work started soon after the Quesqui announcement and was implemented during the spring of 2021. The engineering and design phase covered all technical modifications of the equipment while addressing safety concerns and creating strong operating procedures and guidelines.
As part of the challenge, the operator needed to monitor production from four wells connected to the separator and allocate the hydrocarbons produced by the individual wells. A flowmeter equipped with Vx™ multiphase well testing technology was used to measure flow rates for each well without interrupting production. Agile response and equipment upgrades over a six-month period enabled PEMEX to bring the four wells to production, flowing at ~40,000 bbl/d of oil and ~215 MMcf/d of gas.
After successful startup of the first project, to deliver additional production from the field and debottleneck its facilities, PEMEX asked for another temporary solution at a nearby pad where the production separator could not handle the higher flow rates. To meet the operator’s goals for early production access, the Production ExPRESS solutions team studied the well parameters and export criteria and performed multiple flow simulations to find a reliable solution. After implementation of the second Production ExPRESS solutions package, total field production increased by an additional 14,000 bbl/d of oil and 49 MMcf/d of gas.
Next, PEMEX requested a solutions package at a third site to pilot new well production and use the acquired data for additional facility design upgrades. The Production ExPRESS solutions team then designed and delivered a customized set of well testing equipment specifically for PEMEX needs.