A Procedure for Liquid-Assisted Gas Lift Unloading Using a Transient Flow Simulator
- Renato P. Coutinho (Louisiana State University) | Paulo J. Waltrich (Louisiana State University)
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- Society of Petroleum Engineers
- SPE Production & Operations
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- August 2019
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- Journal Paper
- 635 - 646
- 2019.Society of Petroleum Engineers
- liquid-assisted procedure, transient model, gas-lift unloading
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In this paper we describe using a commercial transient multiphase-flow simulator to develop a new operational procedure for liquidassisted gas lift (LAGL) unloading. The simulation model is used in our study to perform sensitivity analysis on the controlling parameters for the LAGL unloading operation.
This simulation model is validated with experimental data from field-scale test data presented by Coutinho et al. (2018). From the simulation results and experimental data, it is possible to demonstrate how the injection of a gas/liquid mixture can significantly decrease the injection pressure for unloading operations. Different combinations of injection gas/liquid ratio are numerically tested to evaluate the effect of gas/liquid ratio on the injection pressure during the complete unloading operation.
The validated model was used with a newly developed procedure for the complete unloading operation. The modeling results show that using the LAGL technique enabled us to reduce the injection pressure from 1,200 psig, when using single-phase gas in a singlepoint injection system, to approximately 700 psig, when injecting gas/liquid mixtures in a single-point injection system. Analyses on the effect of gas lift valve-orifice size, also presented here, show that using large orifice sizes might reduce the effect of flow friction through the gas lift valve, which directly affects the efficiency of the LAGL unloading operations.
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