Chapter 16

Sucker Rod Pumping

Abstract

Sucker rod pumping, also referred to as “beam pumping,” provides mechanical energy to lift oil from bottom-hole to surface. It is efficient, simple, and easy for field people to operate, and can be used to pump a well at very low bottom-hole pressure to maximize oil production rates. It is applicable to slim holes, multiple completions, and high-temperature and viscous oils. The major disadvantages of beam pumping include excessive friction in crooked/deviated holes, solid-sensitive problems, low efficiency in gassy wells, limited depth due to rod capacity, and bulky in offshore operations. Beam pumping trends include improved pump-off controllers, better gas separation, gas handling pumps, and optimization ...

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