Field Testing

Locations:
1. Trinidad: Parrylands Field, Block E – hot & humid
The Parrylands field contains heavy oil which is difficult to produce because of viscosity and sand-production problems which causes the inflow to change continuously.  This makes it one of the more difficult reservoirs to produce by pumping.  Equipment in this area experiences very high humidity (90%) and temperatures (36o), not ideal for electronic equipment.
 
2. West Texas: Orla South Field – high altitude & variable temperatures
The Orla South Field in W. Texas was selected for testing because of its remoteness, high altitude and drastic variation in temperatures.  In summer, temperatures reach 170F in direct sun and in winter temperatures fall to sub-zero.  Extremes in temperatures and low pressures are not ideal for electronic equipment.
 
Results:
To expedite installation in the fields, we found that it was important to provide a “complete automated package” prewired and tested before deployment.
 
The Smart Pumper ™ matched pump output with well bore inflow to optimally maintain desired fluid levels.  Data logged (35+ inputs) proved invaluable.  Furthermore, Smart Pumper’s automation eliminated human errors caused by intervention based on insufficient data.
 
It was found that Smart Pumper™ predicted pump failure and preemptive measures could be taken before pumps stuck and this avoided costly interventions.  The user was able to monitor flowline problems as they developed, such as leaks, closed valves, and plugged lines.  When rods parted and/or a hole in the tubing occurred it could be detected immediately from a remote location.  For every kind of sensor, we developed alerts that responded to defined failure conditions. 
 
In our evaluation, Smart Pumper™ Automation saved the operator the cost of deployment, many times over, in the first year of use.