After 3 months in operation, Meridian Resources is pleased to report that the electric submersible progressive cavity pump pilot project is a success. In July 2021, Meridian installed a Lorentz electric submersible progressive cavity pump in its Willett #2 well in Henderson County, Kentucky. The 1700' deep Willett #2 well was previously an expensive well to operate using a traditional sucker rod pump and pumping unit setup, often requiring rig time for pulling and pump changes.
The Lorentz pump includes a subsurface fluid level sensor and surface controller equipment that communicates through the cellular network, which together allow for remote pump control and pump-off optimization. The Lorentz pump has resulted in continuous runtime not previously observed in the Willett #2 well along with a 75% reduction in electricity expense due to the efficiency of the progressive cavity pump and submersed motor combination. Further, the lack of moving parts and mechanical energy at or near the surface location of the well creates a significant reduction in safety risk at the wellsite.
Meridian plans to replace several of its rod-pumped wells with Lorentz pumps in the spring and summer of 2022 to further exploit this technological advancement. Meridian also plans to utilize Lorentz pumps on wells undergoing major workovers, on wells being re-equipped and returned to production, and on newly drilled wells.
For more information on Lorentz oil well pumping solutions, please visit https://www.lorentzenergy.com/applications/oil-pumping/.