Traditionally, plunger lift has been used in vertical oil and gas well production and operating knowledge is quite broad. However, today’s operators need a more comprehensive solution that includes horizontal and directional wells. Horizontal wells exhibit vastly different flow regimes, gas holdup and flow patterns than vertical wells. Operating plungers effectively through the heel portion of the well is an extremely challenging aspect as neither vertical nor horizontal models apply, and we have a continually changing geometry as we progress up hole.
Our comprehensive engineered approach includes well evaluation and tubing placement recommendations, the application of proprietary flow modeling methods to determine liquid loading rates, Computational Fluid Dynamics simulations to match plunger selection to flow characteristics, appropriate tool selection based on tubing placement and operating parameter recommendations for optimum performance.