During the current industry downturn, no area has been as closely scrutinized as unconventionals, primarily because of the higher production cost. Weatherford offers fully integrated solutions for all forms of artificial lift used to produce unconventional shale assets. Our production optimization consulting team helps operators to select the right artificial-lift system at the right time — and to operate at optimum set points to maximize production and minimize operating cost. These products and services complement the FracAdvisor® solution, which guides operators to create a more effective frac design along the horizontal section.
Adopting flexible artificial-lift systems
Monitoring and optimizing artificial-lift operations
Analyzing production profiles and reservoir conditions to execute a re-fracking program
Deploying artificial-lift systems that tolerate sand, gas, and chemicals
The rapid decline in production rates, especially during the first year, complicates the task of managing the total production cost of shale assets. Several steps must be taken in coordination to maximize return on investment.
Weatherford helps clients to select the most cost‑effective artificial‑lift method; monitor production and equipment performance on a daily basis; use performance data to optimize operations; determine the optimal end‑life of the lift system; proactively plan the transition to the new system with minimal downtime; jointly analyze fracking and production information to identify candidate wells for refracturing; and undertake additional tasks as needed. The subject-matter experts from the production optimization consulting team use multi‑lift optimization software as needed to help operators manage each step in an efficient manner.
Technology is at the heart of our approach to meeting clients’ needs. We constantly update and refine our technologies to solve new challenges encountered in the field.
Frequently used in frac‑flowback operations, jet‑pump lifting systems deliver quick and cost‑effective recovery of fracturing fluids from the wellbore and high initial production rates. Hydraulic jet‑pump systems minimize repair costs by delivering reliable, high‑volume performance and long run life in extreme conditions.
The Rotaflex unit reduces both energy costs and well-workover time compared to conventional units and electrical submersible pumps. It provides greater efficiency and cost effectiveness for sustained production of deep and high-volume unconventional wells.
Gas lift is the most effective lift method for high‑productivity wells with high gas content. Our gas‑lift system is further optimized by the WellPilot® gas‑lift controller, which monitors well performance and automatically makes control adjustments.
LOWIS software can be used to monitor and control any type of lift. Equipped with a well‑service manager module, the software provides continuous improvements in operational efficiency and contributes to increased production and cost reduction for the life of the well.
This tubing anchor enables control and chemical‑injection lines below the anchor without damage. It expands the options available for chemical treatment and downhole monitoring, and thereby helps optimize the production of unconventional wells on any form of artificial lift.
The combination of our industry-leading technologies and our disciplined approach has produced measurable value for our clients.