This paper documents attempts to automatically unload gas wells in the Western Sedimentary Basin at various depths and producing conditions. The results include production increases of 25%, with reduced operating costs. The criteria for application of this technology and a cost/benefit analysis are presented. This work is being incorporated in a large-scale project currently underway in Oklahoma, which will be discussed briefly as an example of integrating automation technology with expert systems to provide field-wide optimization of a major gas field.

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