Industry Article: Gas-Handling Devices Boost Mississippi Lime Production

ESPs with added technology can successfully provide artificial lift in this play, despite its water challenges

Gas-Handling Devices Boost Mississippi Lime Production
Publication: Upstream Pumping Solutions
Volume: May/June 2014
Publication Date: 05/01/2014

Spanning more than 17 million acres across northern Oklahoma and southwestern Kansas, the oil-rich Mississippi Lime is an unconventional carbonate formation similar to shales in that it is highly fractured and characterized by a complex and varied geology. Wells produce as much as 98% water in some cases, a phenomenon that requires the use of fit-for-purpose artificial lift methods, including electric submersible pumps (ESP), to boost flow rates and improve production, which is a multiphase flow consisting of oil gas and water, with wells closely spaced.

ESP technology has proven to be effective in the Mississippi Lime when configured with the proper technology and adequate operational practices. Often, operations apply transitional solutions, ESP initially, followed by the installation of a gas lift system or rod pumps for the late stage of the well life cycle. Advanced gas-handler (AGH) devices can improve the lift efficiency of standard ESPs by reducing the degradation effects of centrifugal pumps and maintaining the higher gas-to-liquid ratio in the tubing string. A specially-designed axial-flow multistage gas-handler system can be effective when dealing with high gas volume fractures.

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