Ravena, Italy – November 13, 2012 – “Eni has deployed Artificial Lift Company’s rigless ESP system in a well in the Val d’Agri field in southern Italy,” announced Alex Kosmala, Artificial Lift Company (ALC) CEO.
The proprietary system includes a compact and light permanent magnet motor and provides fullbore access after slickline retrieval of the ESP. It is compatible with industry-standard major ESP service company surface and downhole hardware to enable easier deployment in deviated wells and with all industry-standard ESP gauges for downhole monitoring.
The installation sequence for Eni required running the completion to a depth of approximately 100 m below the wellhead, followed by inserting the motor to ensure that it would latch to the wet connect. Electrical measurements between motor phases and between motor phases and ground confirmed a good latch. Subsequently, the motor was pulled out and the completion run to the required depth. The system design provided fullbore access to run coiled tubing and latching tools to access the flow isolation valve located below the ESP setting depth. Finally, the ESP motor and pump were run in using the ALC system. The incident-free installation met all Eni’s criteria.
“Comprising new and old wells in an environmentally sensitive area, the Val d’Agri field is responsible for a significant portion of Italian oil production,” said Kosmala. “Because of the terrain, many wells in this field are prime candidates for rigless artificial lift technology; we are proud that Eni chose the ALC system for its reliability.”