To facilitate field and wellsite optimization, Natural Gas producers have come to rely on the strategic placement of compressors to increase production. Mature fields, with depleting reservoirs and/or low wellhead pressures, are ideally suited for this cost-effective gas recovery solution. The decision process by which the production engineer quantifies the placement of a compressor is of significant relevance. There are several strategies available to the production engineer to identify wellsites best suited for optimization. Total Systems Analysis simulation software, Decision Tree Analysis and Real Time Selection Opportunities (RTSO) enable this process. This paper reviews these decision alternatives and the application of the RTSO Risk Matrix to select ideal well compression candidates.

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