Intelligent artificial lift technology is increasingly being used in Belayim Marine Field to enhance the value of maturing assets and new development wells. Wells equipped with electric submersible pumps (ESPs) are particularly suited to this blend of old and new. For years, the performance of ESPs has been monitored and controlled from the surface to prevent early pump failure by adjusting the frequency of the signal sent to the pump's variable speed drive (VSD) motor controller. This adjustment has also been used to avoid under-loading an ESP and increase production volume. To find this optimal operating range, real-time data and modeling are used to design the pump to fit the specific requirement of each well.
Most recently, Belayim Petroleum has taken the concept a step further by deploying intelligent artificial lift in combination with stimulation technology aimed at reservoir management to help restore production from the 113-M-97-H well in Belayim Marine field, which is located in the central part of the Gulf of Suez, along the coast of the Sinai Peninsula. This new development well was drilled horizontally with maximum angle of 88°, and a 211 m. horizontal open-hole section was completed with 3.5-in. excluder screens. The well once achieved 22-hour good recovery at 550 BOPD. Then the production declined and the well was shut in due to low amperage, followed by no recovery caused by severe loss of circulation, which created a filter cake plugging the near wellbore pores. Complex stimulation treatment and flow, and well geometry and completion, as well as the offshore environment have complicated workover operations on this depleted reservoir and unproductive well issues. With intelligent ESP, a cost-effective stimulation was successfully deployed and enabled to evaluate production streaming data, such as pump intake pressure and temperature during the treatment across the horizontal section.
Already equipped with in-well electric power cables, protectors, and multi-sensors, as well as a power controller VSD at the surface, this intelligent ESP system also enabled clean-out process at different production rates. Once clean reservoir fluids were observed during the flowing period, the ESP was stopped for a pressure build-up. A post-stimulation well test was performed to evaluate the treatment's effectiveness before running the new completion, hence minimizing intervention time to restore production promptly, reducing rig time, and achieving optimum completion design for long-term productivity of the well.