Harsh West Texas Conditions Prove No Match for Artificial Lift Company’s Advantage System™


ODESSA, Texas – Artificial Lift Company today announced continued success with the Rigless Advantage System when the equipment was pulled and reinstalled at ConocoPhillips’ West Texas test well.  The relationship between Artificial Lift Company and ConocoPhillips was forged with the Rigless Electric Submersible Pump (ESP) technology in early 2009, when Artificial Lift Company installed the first Advantage System, its Rigless ESP, in ConocoPhillips’ test well.  After five years of testing and product development the Rigless Advantage System was deployed in the West Texas test well. The system ran for a continuous 18 months despite harsh down-hole conditions and numerous stops and starts due to electricity variables.

“ConocoPhillips was pivotal in the early commercialization of our Advantage System, enabling us to bring our Rigless technology to the marketplace, and serving as a reliable partner to show the cost savings and productivity optimization that operators enjoy with this product,” stated Alex Kosmala, President and CEO of Artificial Lift Company. “Regardless of the difficult well conditions presented in West Texas, Advantage System continues to operate for ConocoPhillips from this test well.  We look forward to future success with the West Texas test well installation.”

“I was pleased that we accomplished our goal of pulling and rerunning the Advantage System,” stated John Patterson, global production engineering chief for ConocoPhillips.  “We discovered that the harsh down-hole environment caused a hole in the bottom of the lower seal section shorting the motor, which halted the operation.  Notwithstanding the amount of scale recovered with the equipment, we were able to plug back into the down-hole wet connector and it worked on the first try. There are now six plug-ins to the same down-hole wet connect which have demonstrated system repeatability in a vertical well.”

Artificial Lift Company’s Advantage System ESP is slick-line deployable, compatible with industry standard surface and down-hole hardware, and contains a lightweight, compact Permanent Magnet Motor. The lack of needing a rig for intervention reduces downtime for operators, and creates significant cost savings.