Engineers aim to use ‘artificial lift’ to maximise oil production from maturing N. Sea fields

Shauna Noonan
Shauna Noonan

‘Artificial lift’ is widely recognised as a valuable tool for extending the life of mature reservoirs making it essential to maximising returns from the North Sea. 

With ‘lower for longer’ oil prices, optimising production from existing wells is more critical than ever, so ‘artificial lift’ is the subject of a specialist industry conference in Aberdeen next month.

Keynote speaker is Shauna Noonan, Head of Engineering and Operations,Oxy Oil and Gas, who has worked on artificial lift projects and technology development worldwide for more than 20 years.

The two-yearly European Artificial Lift Euroforum event will also highlight the latest technical advances in this key area, with more than 20 presentations from major oil and gas operator and service companies including Chevron, Gazprom, Saudi Aramco, Schlumberger, Baker Hughes and TAQA.

The programme covers an extensive range of topics including the role of artificial lift in overcoming the challenges of heavy oil production. In addition, the reliability and performance of electrical submersible pump systems (ESP) and gas lift valves (GLV) will also be discussed.

Meanwhile, Wood Group has been awarded an’ evergreen master services’ contract by Statoil to support the life cycles of its offshore and onshore facilities.

This means Statoil can call at short notice on Wood Group to provide a number of services, including engineering studies, detailed engineering, procurement services and management assistance.

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