Houston – August 9, 2011 – Artificial Lift Company (ALC) today announced the installation of two rigless ESP systems for ConocoPhillips in the Kuparuk field on Alaska’s North Slope.
These systems were field tested for more than two years in a ConocoPhillips well in Texas before this first commercial deployment in Alaska. The systems provide fullbore through-tubing access after ESP retrieval on slickline, with the added benefit of enabling replacement operations under live well conditions.
“Because this ESP doesn’t require a rig for retrieval or reinstallation, operating costs will be reduced and production capacity increased,” said John Patterson, ConocoPhillips Production Engineering Advisor. “With this system we are able to remove the entire through-tubing ESP, including the motor, which offers the possibility of cleanout of sand below the ESP using wireline and coiled tubing, without the need for a rig.”
The installations took place in July, following setup, preparation, and testing at the ALC Alaska Deployment, Assembly, Repair, and Test (DART) facility.
“ALC’s successful ESP installations for ConocoPhillips Alaska are a significant milestone for the company, as they demonstrate that the technology can be deployed in multiple locations, varying geographies, and difficult conditions,” said Alex Kosmala, ALC CEO. “The company is grateful to ConocoPhillips Alaska and local businesses and public entities for providing much needed support during the process. We look forward to a long and productive presence in Alaska.”