Modelling a Gas Lift Design using Prosper Software

Published: 3 September 2023| Version 2 | DOI: 10.17632/tc3k946t57.2
Raunak Aryan, Bhavinay shelly


In the global oil and gas industry, artificial lift systems play a pivotal role in sustaining and enhancing production from wells that lack the intrinsic pressure to bring liquids to the surface. This research delves into the significance of artificial lift methods, particularly gas lift systems, as a prevalent technology for improving oil recovery. The gas lift approach entails injecting gas into the well to reduce the average fluid density originating from the reservoir, thereby lightening the fluid column and allowing lower reservoir pressures to convey fluids to the surface. The ultimate objective is to design a gas lift system that not only optimizes current production but also anticipates and mitigates adverse conditions predicted by reservoir forecasts. This paper highlights the importance of efficient drilling and the mitigation of friction and viscous forces in oil exploration. Frictional power losses are a common challenge in deep well systems, necessitating a meticulous evaluation of each component in the well system to pinpoint pressure loss locations. Nodal Analysis, coupled with the advanced capabilities of PROSPER software for well performance, design, and optimization, is employed as a key tool in this research. The utilization of artificial lifts to mitigate frictional power losses is thoroughly explored, demonstrating their potential to revolutionize production efficiency in the oil and gas sector. This research contributes to the ongoing efforts to enhance oil recovery through innovative engineering solutions and highlights the critical role of gas lift systems in meeting the industry's ever-evolving challenges. Introduction: The global oil and gas industry heavily relies on artificial lift systems to boost production from wells unable to self-sufficiently transport liquids to the surface. Among these artificial lift methods, gas lift systems stand out as a widely employed technology for enhancing oil recovery. This section provides an overview of the necessity of artificial lift systems and introduces the gas lift method as a promising solution. The research's objectives and contributions are also outlined. Gas Lift Systems for Enhanced Oil Recovery: This section delves into the gas lift method in detail, explaining the principles behind it and how it aids in lowering the average fluid density within the reservoir. The interplay between gas injection and reservoir pressure is elucidated to underscore the mechanism of gas lift systems in facilitating fluid transport to the surface. Challenges in Oil Exploration: Efficient drilling and the mitigation of friction and viscous forces are imperative in oil exploration. This section explores the challenges posed by frictional power losses in deep well systems and highlights the need for a comprehensive evaluation of pressure loss locations within the well system.



Chandigarh University


Petroleum Engineering, Petroleum Reservoir, Enhanced Oil Recovery, Reservoir Engineering, Oil, Petroleum