Horizontal wells are known to have production challenges as a result of inconsistent slug-fluid flow, damaging solids, and excessive gas interference. Production through the life cycle of these wells often requires complex and expensive artificial-lift strategies. Production Plus Energy Services introduced the retrievable Horizontal Enhanced Artificial Lift (HEAL) Slickline System, which provides greater access to the wellbore, easier installation, simpler integrity testing, and an economical protection solution for damaging offset interwellbore communication. With no moving parts, the system easily joins to the horizontal as part of a standard well completion and is designed to perform for the life of the well. The system is part of a set of configurations that offers producers increased efficiency, more cost options, and the flexibility to enhance the performance of any artificial system, including electrical submersible pumps, rod pumping, progressive cavity pumping, and plunger lift through the life of a horizontal well. The products in the HEAL suite are designed to benefit a horizontal well’s entire producing life—controlling fracturing flowback, extending the natural flow period, simplifying transitions between artificial-lift phases, lowering operating expenses, and eliminating costly intermediate artificial lift.
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