CAMLift Hydraulic Pumping Unit Doubles Production | Schlumberger
Case Study
Paradox Basin, United States, North America, Onshore

Challenge: Replace a nonfunctioning beam pump on an oil well in Utah, USA, with a pumping unit that would minimize environmental impact.

Solution: Install the CAMLift hydraulic pumping unit, which requires no site preparation, reduces both installation time and footprint, and optimizes production.

Results: Reduced footprint by more than 90% and more than doubled oil production—from 12 bbl/d to 25 bbl/d.

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CAMLift Hydraulic Pumping Unit Doubles Production

Innovative pumping system reduces installation time by up to 85% and footprint more than 90% in environmentally sensitive area, Paradox basin

Utah oil well required replacement pumping unit with reduced footprint

An operator was using artificial lift to produce from a well in the Paradox basin near Moab, Utah, when a bearing and arm broke on the surface pumping unit, causing the operation to shut down. The field is located near the entrance to a national park, and operations are closely monitored by regulatory authorities. The operator wanted a replacement pump with a smaller footprint in this environmentally sensitive area.

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The CAMLift hydraulic pumping unit required no site preparation and had less than 10% the footprint of a conventional beam pumping unit.

CAMLift unit provided 90% smaller footprint and fast installation

Schlumberger recommended its newest sucker rod pumping technology, the CAMLift hydraulic pumping unit, which has less than 10% the footprint of a conventional beam pump. The CAMLift unit required no site preparation and was installed in less than three hours compared with up to 20 hours for a conventional pumpjack unit, reducing installation time by as much as 85%. The entire installation only required a boom truck and two technicians—no special crews. The compact system was well-suited to the tight interwell distances, and its 30,000-lbm peak load capacity was comparable to conventional beam pumping units.

Operator more than doubled oil production without increasing cost per barrel

The ability to quickly adjust the stroke length and overall speed, as well as independently adjust the up and down speeds, enabled maximum pump fillage on every stroke. During testing, oil production increased from an average of 12 bbl/d to more than 30 bbl/d and subsequently stabilized at 25 bbl/d. Production costs per barrel remained unchanged while output more than doubled. Pleased with the improved economics, the operator requested Schlumberger to install two more CAMLift units.

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