A New Model for the Accurate Prediction of Liquid Loading in Low-Pressure Gas Wells
- Guohua Luan (CNPC Research Institute of Safety and Environment Technology) | Shunli He (China University of Petroleum)
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- Society of Petroleum Engineers
- Journal of Canadian Petroleum Technology
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- November 2012
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- Journal Paper
- 493 - 498
- 2012. Society of Petroleum Engineers
- 5.3.2 Multiphase Flow, 3.1.6 Gas Lift
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The critical gas velocity and flow rate for unloading liquids from a gas well has been the subject of much interest, especially in old gas-producing fields with declining reservoir pressures. For low-pressure gas wells, Turner's model (also called Coleman's model) is judged as more suitable for predicting liquid loading in gas wells. However, field practice proves that there are still a number of low-pressure gas wells producing without loadup when the production rate is lower than Turner's minimum production rate.
On the basis of experimental results, a new approach for calculating the critical gas-flow rate is introduced in this paper, which adopts Li's basic concepts, while taking into account the impact of the changes of gas-lifting efficiency caused by the rollover of droplets in the process of rising. A dimensionless parameter, loss factor S, is introduced in the new model to characterize the extent of the loss of gas energy.
Well data from Coleman's paper (Coleman et al. 1991) were used in this paper for validation of the new model. The predicted results from the new model are better than those from Li's model, and even better than Turner's model. The new model is simple and can be evaluated at the wellhead when the pressure is less than 500 psia and the liquid/gas ratios range from 1 to 130 bbl/MMscf, which is suggested by Turner et al. (1969) to ensure a mist flow in gas wells.
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