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Guidelines & Recommended Practices

Selection of Artificial Lift Systems

for Deliquifying Gas Wells
Prepared by Artificial Lift R&D Council
Document written and edited
Chair: Cleon Dunham,

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General Introduction
0.1 Final Introduction
0.2 Final Document Outline
0.3 Final Details of the Document Outline
0.4 Final State of the Industry

1 Things that Must Be Known to Create an Optimum Artificial Lift Se-

lection Process
1.0 Final Introduction
1.1 Final Know Your Business
1.2 Final Know Your Company
1.3 Final Know Your Economics
1.4 Final Know Your Staff
1.5 Final Know Your Suppliers
1.6 Final Know Your Reservoirs
1.7 Final Know Your Wells
1.8 Final Know the Performance of Your Wells
1.9 Final Know Your Surface System

2 General Guidelines for Artificial Lift Systems --- Overview of Deliqui-

fication and Associated Artificial Lift Technologies
2.0 Final Introduction
2.1 Final Fundamentals of Gas Well Deliquification
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2.2 Final Guidelines for Selecting Various Artificial Lift Methods

2.3 Final Selection of a Deliquification Method
2.4 Outline How to Use Artificial Lift Screening Tools
2.5 Final General Limits, Typical Costs, and Life Expectancies of Each
Type of Artificial Lift Technology

3 Recommendations for Pumping Systems

3.1 1st Draft Sucker Rod Pumping
3.2 Outline Rotary Rod Pumping
3.3 Written Progressing Cavity Pumping
3.4 Outline Electrical Submersible Pumping
3.5 Written Hydraulic Pumping

4 Recommendations for Plunger Lift Systems

4.1 Written Tubing Plungers
4.2 Outline Casing Plungers

5 Recommendations for Chemical Lift Systems

5.1 1st Draft Soap Sticks
5.2 2nd Draft Batch Chemical/Foamer
5.3 1st Draft Continuous Chemical/Foamer

6 Recommendations for Gas-Lift Systems

6.1 Written Continuous Gas-Lift
6.2 Outline Chamber, Intermittent Gas-Lift

7 Recommendations for Other Types of Artificial Lift Systems

7.1 Outline Surface Compression
7.2 Outline Velocity Strings
7.3 Outline Swabbing
7.4 Outline Intermitting or Cycling Wells
7.5 Outline Jet Pumps
7.6 Outline Artificial Lift Methods for Horizontal Wells
7.7 Outline Combinations of Systems
7.8 Outline Emerging Technologies

8 Guidelines for Selecting the Most Appropriate Artificial Lift System

for Your Application
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8.0 Final Introduction

8.1 1st Draft Pertinent Issues to Consider
8.2 1st Draft Guidelines for Use Artificial Lift Selection Tools
8.3 Outline Guidelines for Checking Artificial Lift Economics
8.4 Final Guidelines for Choosing the Artificial Lift System Supplier
8.5 1st Draft Guidelines for Choosing the Specific Artificial Lift System

9 Guidelines for Optimum Application of Each Artificial Lift System

9.0 Final Introduction
9.1 1st Draft Guidelines for Installation, Operation, Maintenance
9.2 2nd Draft Guidelines for Automation, Surveillance, Optimization
9.3 1st Draft Guidelines for Training

A.0 Final Introduction
A.1 Final Use of the Vogel IPR Curve
A.2 1st Draft Use of P/Z Plots
A.3 Outline Use of Nodal Analysis
A.4 Final Calculation of Turner and Coleman Critical Velocity
A.5 Final Use of Artificial Lift Performance Indicators
A.6 Final Use of Production Surveillance Methods
A.7 Final Recommended Procedures to Collect Good Information

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