Artificial lift systems are now being considered of extreme importance as the reserves across the globe are depleting and the wells are unable to flow naturally. Over the years a number of artificial lift techniques have evolved as a result of extensive research and ground work. All the systems have proven their worth by increasing the productivity of the field by many folds. But each of these artificial lift systems has economic and operating limitations that eliminate it from consideration under certain operating condition. However all the conventional artificial lift systems have a common feature. The energy added to the lift the fluid from the wellbore is lost in the process and cannot be utilized for some other operation. This paper describes a new technique of artificial lift which uses the concept of venturi to lift the fluid to the surface. A high velocity power fluid is used to create drawdown at the throat of a surface venturi and this pressure drawdown is transmitted downhole by pressure tappings. The drawdown lifts the fluid through the production tubular in a stepwise manner. The power fluid coming out from the other end of the venturi is used to drive a turbine which generates power as a result. This power is used to operate the inlet compressor thus the cycle being completed. After startup, effectively, no energy is used up to keep operating the system.
The system is of immense economic benefit as the operating expenditures are low. Also this system uses zero-cost air as power fluid. It is a space efficient package which can be used on offshore locations as well.
The paper describes the individual components of the system and the calculations involved therein. The economic and technical comparison of this system with the conventional methods is also enlisted.