Operator adopts Summit ESP’s technology in Bakken for increased runtime and no downtime

August 30, 2018 | Case Study

Historically, the use of electrical submersible pumps (ESPs) for artificial lift applications has fluctuated due to inefficiencies coupled with high upfront costs and operational challenges. Although ESPs are versatile and well-suited for high-volume wells, the pumps are prone to degradation resulting from high sand content, high gas-to-liquid ratios, and high viscosity. The operational challenges are further compounded for shale wells, where gas-to-liquid ratios naturally remain skewed. ESPs are known to fail between two and four times per year, which results in high workover costs and significant downtime.

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