When a high volume gas well in the Gulf of Mexico began taking on water, the platform’s productivity was significantly hampered.
The platform was capable of handling up to 5,000 barrels of water per day and prior to any problem being identified by the operator, was producing 20-30 million standard cubic feet (scf) of gas per day.
Of the 5,000 barrels of water per day 1,000 barrels were from the gas well. Since the well was now taking on water, 1,000 barrels were not enough to flow it and consequently, the platform’s production level had dropped to 2 million scf of gas per day. The well was dying out; the water rate needed to be increased but the platform was already at capacity.
In order for the platform to continue producing gas, the well needed to be isolated from the rest of the field.
The operator contacted CETCO Oilfield Services to deploy and install a comprehensive production package which included the use of a Hi-Flow® process unit to manage produced water from the gas well.
The production rate on the gas well immediately increased from an average of 1,000 barrels of wastewater per day to an average of 4,500 barrels per day. This relieved some of the pressure on the well and subsequently improved the well’s flow rate to 10 million scf of gas.
CETCO Oilfield Services’ deployment of its treatment system, consisting of a low pressure separator and a Hi-Flow IFV 4000 package, enabled the platform to resume operations and meet gas production deadlines.
The problem well was isolated from the rest of the field and the Hi-Flow production equipment was installed and applied.