Thursday 15 April 2010

Gas well production optimisation

Distributed intelligence and extensive data analysis are at the heart of new gas well production optimisation

Control Microsystems Inc. (CMI) has just announced the release of SCADAPack ProductionPLUS, a pad-wide optimization solution combining EFM and plunger lift for 30+ wells per pad. SCADAPack ProductionPLUS leverages the functionality and flexibility of Control Microsystems’ product suite to provide gas operators with an efficient wireless or wired Sensor to Enterprise application.

The new package runs in all SCADAPack 4203 gas flow computers (GFC) and 300-Series controllers. Each is ideally suited to support Electronic Flow Measurement (EFM) and production optimization applications while performing control and monitoring tasks. When the 4203 is used at each well head, it provides a distributed intelligence architecture that addresses the downside of having a single point of failure in traditional pad-wide optimization. In addition, the powerful, built-in PLC allows the 4203 to generate and store over 4000 data records per meter run. The internal digital output can be used to control the sales valve.

The SCADAPack ProductionPLUS Manager is an intuitive, windows-based PC environment that allows operators to easily configure each well head, reducing the human error associated with traditional or legacy plunger lift systems. ProductionPLUS Manager has three operating modes to serve the life cycle of each well: manual mode, auto intermitter mode, and complete plunger lift control.
“As gas operators face downward pressure on margins and increasing environmental regulations, SCADAPack ProductionPLUS was designed to directly tackle these issues,” says Dale Symington, VP Product Strategy. “Integration with our Accutech wireless instruments significantly reduces deployment costs while the product’s environmental-centric features, including tank level monitoring and pad-wide shutdown, improve environmental compliance.”
SCADAPack ProductionPLUS also improves safety in the field. Wireless sensors eliminate manual data gathering and reduce injuries, specifically with wellhead pressure during the flow-back period.

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