During the last several years the Petroleum Industry has adopted the term "Best Practices" to describe an efficient method of producing oil and gas. The definition of this "method" is very subjective and is continually changing with acceptance of new improved and proven rod pumping knowledge. The best way to describe the term Best Practices is by using the phrase "Work in Progress" or "Continuous Improvement."

This paper describes and presents the implementation of a Best Practices program in the Preston Spraberry Unit located in West Texas. This accepted Best Practices program is presented as follows:

  1. Complete initial pumping well analysis.

  2. Matching lift operations to current producing rates by optimizing the following: plunger diameter, strokes per minute, stroke length, tubing anchor catcher, and downhole gas separation.

  3. Managing downhole rodstring buckling by re-evaluation of rodstring designs and installation of sinkerbars.

  4. Installing pump-off controllers to manage production rates, optimize run times and monitor equipment performance.

  5. Follow-up well-site diagnostic analyses after several months of operation to evaluate initial well analysis and original well work, and implement further modifications.

Due to the successful implementation of this Best Practices program, tubing leaks were reduced by 61%, rod part replacements were reduced by 35%, and pump repairs were reduced by 6% during the two-year test period.

Recognition and continued development of these successful Best Practices will provide the oil and gas industry with improved artificial lift guidelines. Implementation of these guidelines will allow for more effective use of all valuable resources to more efficiently produce oil and gas.

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