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levels of information and control over
their producing wells."
The company's AFFIRMED PowerFit
motor is designed to easily fit in wells
completed with the 51⁄2-inch, 23- and 20pound casing required to accommodate
higher hydraulic fracturing pressures, he
details. "In the past, operators used a 3¾-inch motor, which fit nicely but required
multiple motors in tandem to generate
the required horsepower. The PowerFit
unit has the same horsepower output as
larger-diameter, 41⁄2-inch motors, so there's
no need for the expense of multiple
tandem motors," Wheeler relates.
In addition, he notes that the PowerFit
allows additional clearance in the casing
for a capillary tubing string so operators
can deliver treatment chemicals below
the motor.
On the surface, the LOOKOUT™
service allows for remote monitoring of
pump systems to continuously optimize
performance and enable quick assessments
on whether to make pump adjustments
or deploy resources to a well site, he
says.
High-Pressure Gas Lift
J-W Power Company's gas lift systems are operating at a high utilization

rate as operators work to optimize production from existing wells and renew
completion work on drilled-but-uncompleted wells, reports James Barr, vice
president of sales.
"We are seeing positive pricing signs
in both the oil and gas markets as production declines," Barr observes. "Although we are not yet seeing a large increase in rig activity, a lot of operators
are starting to complete the DUCs in
their inventories and are reinitiating their
well permitting plans."
To help kick off production and unload
newly fractured wells to achieve steady
production rates over the first three-six
months or longer, Permian and other basin
operators are utilizing J-W Power's rental
line and engineered packages of high-pressure gas lift units to compress at suction
pressures of ±1,000 pounds up to 3,0004,500 pounds during the high-initial production phase, he explains.
Depending on initial well response
utilizing the system, it may be possible
for producers to then revert to a conventional gas lift stream with 1,200-1,600
pounds of discharge with a conventional
gas lift, he says. In some cases, gas lift
may be the only form of artificial lift required, which can enhance overall pro-

duction economics, Barr insists.
Gas lift field configurations continue
to vary as operators assess needs and
well capacities, he goes on. Some Permian
operators are doing multiwell gas lift
using 380- and 690-horsepower compression units, and in some cases, 1,380horsepower CAT 3516™-driven compression packages, Barr says. Operators
who had the opportunity to design fields
and production facilities prior to drilling
more often are utilizing multiwell, larger-horsepower gas lift, he adds.
"There continues to be a wide range
of sizes and philosophies, and it boils
down to the operator's preference," Barr
says. "If you have six wells running on a
large-horsepower unit and the unit goes
down, you have six wells down. But if a
gas lift pad has only single well or
perhaps two or three wells, the operator
mitigates the risk of all pad production
being lost during an equipment downtime
event by utilizing multiple smaller gas
lift packages."
Concerning recent shut-in production,
lessons learned from shutting in and
restarting production vary by operator
experience and shutdown procedures
utilized at the outset, according to Barr.
"We know of some instances in which

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