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he adds. The company also continues to
fine-tune preventative maintenance schedules and intervals, both to maintain compliance with regulations and stay ahead
of any catastrophic failures, Barr concludes.
Long-Stroke Beam Pump
Permian producers are turning to Liberty Lift Solutions LLC to optimize output
from their producing wells and keep their
lift systems operating at peak performance,
says Don Crow, vice president of sales.
On one side, companies are asking
Liberty Lift-which provides beam pumping units, long-stroke pumping units,
sucker rods, gas lift and hydraulic jet
pump systems-to run well evaluations,
nodal analysis, fluid level analysis and
other assessments to help them examine
alternate forms of artificial lift, with
Liberty Lift pointing to cost and performance advantages of converting from
ESPs to gas lift, rod pumps and jet pumps
as IPs begin to decline, he says.
"On the other side of the spectrum,
producers are trying to conserve capital
right now, but the forms of lift they are
using may be less efficient," Crow explains.
"In those cases, we can show them pricing
and run economics so that once the oil
pricing environment improves, they can
make the conversion in confidence that it

The XL™ 416 is the newest addition to
Liberty Lift's XL line of long-stroke
pumping units. With a 416-inch total
stroke length and a 55,000-pound peak
polished rod load rating, the XL 416 provides maximum rod lift performance to
handle more production with reduced
pumping cycles for maximum efficiency
and reduced costs.

will improve the bottom line."
Well performance, life-of-well-cycle
changes and the need for adjusting artificial
lift equipment can vary widely depending
on whether wells are located in either the
Delaware or Midland basins, and whether
they are using ESP, gas lift or hydraulic
jet pump systems, Crow points out.
"A Delaware well may have three forms
of lift before rates fall to where it can be
put on a pumping unit, or it may never
come off ESP, gas lift or jet pumping," he
explains. "A Midland Basin well is less
gassy and may flow for two or three months
and then go straight to beam pumping."
One solution to help operators get to
a pumping unit sooner and handle higher
fluid volumes is Liberty Lift's XL™ long
stroke pumping unit line. "The XL can
lift more fluid and cut down the number
of cycles of the sucker rods, which will
increase efficiency and cut down on replacement cost," Crow says.
The newest innovation in the XL
family is the XL 416, named for its 416inch stroke length to provide maximum
rod lift production performance capabilities. The XL 416 also has a massive
55,000-pound peak polished rod load rating. "This unit handles more production
with reduced pumping cycles, and expands
the realm of reciprocating rod lift applications," Crow comments.
Liberty also offers flexible high-volume
gas lift solutions, including its HyRate™
system, which is designed to lift up to
5,000 barrels a day, but also can be
adjusted as the well declines for rates as
low as 50 bbl/d, Crow details.
"This is achieved by using an externally
mounted mandrel that allows annular
flow and enables the operator to switch
to production up the tubing when output
declines without requiring the use of a
workover rig," he says.
In Permian horizontal plays, most of
the fluid in an idled well sits below the
pump and rods, Crow points out. A
number of customers that had shut-in
wells were concerned about rods rusting
up while wells were down, leading to the
prospect of premature equipment failure
once wells were restarted, he explains.
"From a surface analysis on equipment
such as pumping units, producing wells
were fortunately not shut down long
enough to see major problems such as
corrosion or premature bearing failure
due to lack of grease," Crow says.
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