December 20, 2017
Producers replace lubricator springs on a regular basis to avoid failures, which to date has been a relatively successful strategy. In many cases though, perfectly good springs are being discarded, leading to wasted labour and equipment costs. Here at ETC, we wish to bring you up to speed on what has transpired over the last year when it comes to ways to reduce these costs.
A number of producers, including Anadarko, Conoco, Shell, and BP have been working with a group of plunger equipment manufacturers to better understand how springs and lubricators wear and eventually fail. This group is now putting forward a new standard called API 11 PL which dictates how plunger equipment needs to be designed, tested, and maintained to reduce failures. The key output of this standard is to provide a Kinetic Energy Rating for each plunger lift well head.
How can you make use of Kinetic Energy to reduce the maintenance and failures of your plunger lift wells?
Here is an article with more detail:
What else has changed?
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