Gas Well Deliquification, Third Edition, expands upon previous experiences and applies today's more applicable options and technology. Updated to include more information on automation, nodal analysis, and horizontal gas well operations, this new edition provides engineers with key information in one central location. Multiple contributors from today's operators offer their own learned experiences, critical equipment, and rules of thumb for practicality. Covering the entire lifecycle of the well, this book will be an ideal reference for engineers who need to know the right solutions regarding a well's decline curve in their work to continuously optimize assets.
- Teaches users how to understand the latest methods of deliquifying gas wells, from nodal analysis, to various forms of artificial lift
- Provides an up-to-date reference on automation techniques for today's operations, including horizontal wells
- Presents various perspectives contributed from multiple sources, allowing readers to select the best method for a well's lifecycle
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2. Recognizing Symptoms of Liquid Loading in Gas Wells
3. Critical Velocity
4. Systems Nodal Analysis
5. Sizing Tubing
7. Smart Intermitting
8. Plunger Lift
9. Hydraulic Pumping
10. Use of Beam Pumps to Deliquify Gas Wells
11. Gas Lift
12. Single Point Gas Lift Without Packers or Valves
13. Electric Submersible Pumps
14. Progressing Cavity Pumps
15. Coalbed Methane
16. Production Automation
Appendix A: Development of Critical Velocity Equations
Appendix B: Development of Plunger Lift Equations
Appendix C: Gas Fundamentals
James F. Lea, Jr. is currently an independent consultant for both academic and corporate facilities aiding in production projects and teaching seminars. He was previously the Chair of the petroleum engineering department of Texas Tech University, where he taught since 1999. Previous to his teaching experience, Dr. Lea worked in the industry for 20 years for Amoco as a special research associate and team leader of the optimization and production group. He taught at the University of Arkansas from 1975 to 1978, and before that he worked as a senior research engineer at the famed Sun Oil Company in Richardson, Texas. Dr. Lea holds 8 patents, has co-authored 2 books, and was awarded the SPE Lifetime Achievement Award as a "Legend of Artificial Lift". Dr. Lea earned a BSME and MSME from the University of Arkansas and a PhD from Southern Methodist University. He is a member of the Society of Petroleum Engieers and ASME.
Lynn Rowlan earned a BSCE from Oklahoma State University and was the recipient of the 2000 J.C. Slonneger Award bestowed by the Southwestern Petroleum Short Course Association, Inc. He has authored numerous papers for the Southwestern Petroleum Short Course, the Canadian Petroleum Society, and the Society of Petroleum Engineers. Mr. Rowlan works as an engineer for Echometer Company in Wichita Falls, Texas. His primary interest is to advance the technology used in the Echometer Portable Well Analyzer to analyze and optimize the real-time operation of all artificial lift production systems. He also provides training and consultation for performing well analysis to increase oil and gas production, reduce failures, and reduce power consumption. He presents many seminars and gives numerous talks on the efficient operation of oil and gas wells.