Lift IQ service monitors ESP performance
Schlumberger recommended the Level 2 Lift IQ service, which provides lift surveillance, analytics, and diagnostics in real time to proactively manage system performance and well production. Experienced engineers based at the Schlumberger Artificial Lift Surveillance Center (ALSC) in Scotland monitor alarms and alerts 24/7/365 to prevent or mitigate adverse events, rapidly diagnose probable causes, and recommend remediation measures.
Downhole and surface gauge data from the wellsites is delivered in real time over a secure satellite network. Surveillance engineers use a web-based application to display the running status and condition of all the ESPs.
When an ESP reports a critical or urgent condition that threatens to damage the pump or cause an automatic shutdown, the ALSC engineers can immediately review the data and intervene remotely (e.g., change operating frequency) or recommend changes in pump parameters or operating procedures to the operator’s personnel to avoid the adverse outcome. Engineers also make recommendations to maximize drawdown, minimize electricity consumption, and improve overall operating efficiency.
Real-time collaboration improves uptime and reduces ESP starts
Implementing the Lift IQ service improved ESP uptime from 85% to 95% and reduced the number of starts per well per year from an average of 14 to 5.4—a 61.4% reduction. The average number of ESP incidents reported per well per year was cut by more than half.
Over a 4-year period, 497 critical events (i.e., events requiring immediate action)—representing 47% of all events—were immediately addressed, preventing undesirable operation or equipment failure.