Total E&P Congo hires ALC to install rigless ESP system in offshore wells

alc-congoThe Advantage system consists of a 134HP ALC permanent magnet motor along with ALC’s wet connect system. (Image source: Artificial Lift Company)Artificial Lift Company (ALC) has deployed a rigless electrical submersible pump (ESP) system for Total E&P Congo in DR Congo

The ‘Advantage’ rigless ESP system was installed, conveyed and retrieved on a system integration test water well in the Djeno crude field.

Total said that it will now include the Advantage system in all offshore wells. The entire production of Total E&P Congo comes from offshore and the majority requires secondary lift, the company added.

According to ALC, the Advantage slickline-conveyed, rigless ESP system reduces intervention time, intervention cost and production downtime because of the lack of rig availability and mobilisation. Thus, the system reduces operational expenditure, increases well up-time, reduces production deferment, and can be a step-change in the way new fields are developed.

The Advantage system consists of a 134HP ALC permanent magnet motor along with ALC’s wet connect system.

However, a downside of using an ESP is the need for frequent intervention and the limitation of having workover vessels available offshore.

David Malone, CEO of Artificial Lift Company, said, ”Artificial Lift Company recognises Total’s dedication to new oil and gas recovery solutions in DR Congo.

“This deployment validates Total’s commitment to the technology and, as a result, Total will modify its production operations to include the Advantage system in future wells.”

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