Electrical Submersible Pumps

Baker Hughes’ new ProductionWave solution is a suite of electrical-submersible-pump (ESP) -based products and services, providing a flexible production alternative to rod pumps for unconventional oil plays. Among the advantages of using ESP-based systems vs. rod-lift-based systems is the ability to place the ESP deeper in the well, which increases production and ultimate recovery. The pump’s deviation tolerance eliminates tubing wear typical of rod-lift systems, to improve uptime, reliability, and economic benefit. The ProductionWave systems help operators increase production rates, in some cases by more than 40%, while lowering operating expenses and reducing health, safety, and environmental risks in comparison with rod-lift operations. These production systems are targeted at low-flow-rate unconventional oil wells with trajectories that are troublesome for rod-lift systems. The pumps can operate in flow ranges from 50 to 4,000 BFPD, enabling operation in dynamic conditions while providing better associated-gas- and -solids-handling capabilities than does rod lift. In addition to the pump, ProductionWave solutions include technologies for gas handling, sand control, and production chemicals, and offer flexible commercial models and services related to applications engineering, real-time optimization, and field support.

Baker Hughes’ ProductionWave ESP-based services in use.

 


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