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Condensates are a group of hydrocarbons that don’t easily fit into the common product categories of oil and gas. A carbon number scale is used to measure these hydrocarbons, reflecting the number of carbon atoms found within each molecule. The lower the number the lighter, gassier, and more volatile the molecule. A condensate usually falls somewhere between C4 and C12. For comparison, Bitumen has an average carbon number of 35 and above.
Condensate is typically obtained after the transition of a gaseous substance into a liquid state due to a drop in pressure and/or temperature. When a well is drilled, the drop in pressure and temperature forms a gas condensate. These fluids are transparent, with colour ranging from eggshell to cocoa due to oil mixture and depth.
A Profitable Condensation
Because condensate is both a heavy Natural Gas Liquid and a super light oil it’s incredibly versatile and therefore very profitable. Compared to regular crude oil, condensate requires less refining processes to reach a desired point. This makes it a very economical option from the start.
In Canada it’s used in a little-processed form to dilute heavy oil from the oil sands, driving condensate demand and increasing prices. Once further processed, condensate can be used to produce petrol, diesel, jet fuel, and kerosene as well as used as a resource to produce synthetic materials.
Due to its versatility, the demand for condensate is immense, making it a lucrative option for you and your business.
Incentivizing and Monetizing
PIT understands that with gas prices as low as they currently are, it can be difficult to justify the cost of operating and maintaining your well. But, while the cost of gas has dropped, the price of condensate remains strong.
If you operate shale wells, gassy oil wells, gas-locking pumpjacks, etc, it is very likely that you are operating a well literally dripping with condensate.
To encourage our customers to branch out and reap the rewards of condensate, PIT is proud to announce a sale to help you increase your fluid lifting at a reduced cost! We’ve put together some of our best selling and most positively received lubricators, plungers, and bottom hole tools into packages to maximize your well’s liquid recovery.
Both our Econo Line and Services Line are available at a reduced cost to allow our customers to optimize their wells at a fraction of the cost without sacrificing any of PIT’s expected quality.
Stop worrying about the price of gas, start producing condensate!
Oil and gas operations within Canada are strictly regulated due to their scale and prominence. Exploration, production, and expansion of oil and gas must adhere to the regulations set in place by Federal and Provincial governments. The federal government regulates offshore areas, lands set aside for Indigenous populations, and international/interprovincial aspects, while provincial government is typically responsible for their own resources and regulatory compliance.
Each province (and most territories) has their own regulator responsible for monitoring and developing guidelines for the oil and gas industry. Alberta has the Alberta Energy Regulator (AER), Ontario has the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources, and so on. Regulators communicate with oil and gas companies to ensure that the put in place regulations are being adhered to and regulatory compliance has been met.
Why Should I Try To Meet Regulatory Compliance?
With the ever-increasing number of laws, regulatory compliance can be harder and harder to meet as it touches every part of the oil and gas industry. But, the cost of noncompliance can be momentous.
Companies that are found to be non-compliant face production delays, cost overruns, and complete shutdown and business owners can be met with heavy fines and court hearings. Last year, the Alberta Energy Regulator announced that they are going to be more discerning in who is eligible for licenses in the oil and gas industry, and a history of non-compliance can prevent an oil and gas company from getting future projects done.
How Do I Achieve Regulatory Compliance?
It’s a lot of work to be regulatory compliant. You could hire your own in-house team to handle it. But, that requires employee training, equipment purchasing, and resource dedication. Often, the better route is to partner up with a company with a dedicated and experienced regulatory compliance team that can offer a vast array of services.
PIT has over 15 years of experience in oil and gas regulatory compliance that can be used to serve your company better. No one wants to be slapped with fees due to inexperience in-house staff, or see their production come to a standstill due to the insufficient dedication of resources. We offer knowledgeable staff to complete thorough testing such as Frac Monitoring, Annual Pressure Surveys, Surface Casing Vent Tests, Gas Migration Testing, Spot Gas Flow testing, Gas-to-Oil Ratio testing, Segregation between Zones testing, Packer Isolation (IPT) Testing, D13 Suspended well tests, AND MORE.
Become regulatory compliant at a competitive price with the help of the PIT Crew.
Premier Integrated Technologies offers a practical, cost-effective alternative to a standard pumpjack or plunger system with the Dual Stage Plunger System. Our Dual Stage System can save you thousands of dollars per year and can increase production up to 80% over a pumpjack system. Additionally, the Dual Stage increases the scope of traditional plunger lifts to overcome challenges that may be faced.
How Does A Dual Stage System Work?
Installation of a Dual Stage System begins once the well is shut in. The bottom hole assembly is lowered down the wellbore and installed. Once the bottom hole assembly is installed, the bottom plunger is dropped into the well. Next, the Dual Stage Center Stage BHSA tool is lowered by wireline to approximately 60% of the depth of the well, depending on the well’s production.
The bottom plunger moves fluid from the bottom of the well to the Center Stage BHSA tool, where a one-way Pressure relief Check Valve & Packoff holds the liquid above. Once the top plunger is installed, it will move that fluid held from the Center Stage tool to the surface.
The two plungers then travel simultaneously, with the bottom plunger travelling in the bottom section and the top plunger travelling in the upper stage, hence the name Dual Stage Plunger System. This system allows the plungers to move smaller loads more frequently.
The Dual Stage System has the same functions as a conventional single plunger, making it capable of lifting liquids where one plunger would struggle to do so. Two plungers are more efficient than one due to having effectively almost halved the travel depth and liquid load to lift while having the same gas volume and pressure differential to lift it.
A Dual Stage Plunger System can be a viable alternative to most pumpjack systems. But, it can fulfill a variety of other roles as well. Such as:
- Deep, low-pressure wells
- Wells with higher casing pressure than tubing pressure
- Gassy oil wells (wells with a high gas to liquid ratio)
- Older plunger lift systems that have historically produced condensate or oil
- Plunger wells with increased off-times that take multiple hours to build up pressure
- Low rate oil wells
PIT offers well evaluations using available data to determine if your well is a feasible candidate for a Dual Stage System.
Dual Stage Plunger System Study
PIT conducted a study to measure the effectiveness of our Dual Stage System. Utilizing our portable Cloud Controller with built-in production measurement system we were able to conduct a study on over 200 wells that were installed with the Dual Stage. We discovered the following:
- Wells saw an increase in oil production of an average of 50% increase in the oil per day. Reports measured in at up to an 80% increase.
- Decreased lift costs due to reduced well workovers and fewer funds being spent on maintenance and repair, resulting in up to $60,000 in savings per well per year.
- When converting from pumpjack to Dual Stage, wells saw three times as much oil per day.
- The average year one savings per well was $22,500 per well, with an increase in netback of $100,000 per well.
PIT was approached in 2017 to take part in a field test to determine our capabilities in retrieving an accurate mud level on a noisy, off-shore drilling platform. Within the first few sets of tests, we quickly realized that our existing equipment would not be successful without further development.
We developed an AI-based fluid level detection system capable of learning how to detect fluid levels in noisy and ever-changing environments.
Normally, a wellhead is only a close distance to its separator shack and controller, or Scada RTU. The two locations aren’t far apart and using an armoured cable between them is quick and painless. For these cases, a normal Arrival Sensor may be used. However, sometimes the distance between wellhead and shack is too great or the trip between can be too difficult to traverse, causing great expense. In these cases, the best method is to install a Wireless Arrival Sensor. PIT is a proud provider of Wireless Arrival Sensors to assist with these situations.
OKC’s LinkMate Wireless Switch Router is PIT’s choice for Wireless Arrival Sensors. Safe, compact and durable, the LinkMate is a cost-effective and easy to use plunger arrival detection system for your wellhead to shack connection. Featuring four switch inputs and four switch outputs, a switch event occurs when any switch changes from an On to an Off state, or vice versa. The signal from the switch event is transmitted via omnidirectional weather resistant antennas and is connected to its paired device from up to 1000 feet away!
The system consists of two small boxes. One box is located in the shack and consists of the omnidirectional antenna. The second box contains the Arrival Sensor and the transmitter. Couple these with a solar panel for each box and you have a fully functional, easy to install, Wireless Sensor. The system is Intrinsically safe, Class 1, Div 1 too!
Why Use A Wireless Arrival Sensor?
Occasionally, wellheads and shacks will be a significant distance apart. Running large amounts of cable between the two locations can be extremely expensive and labour intensive. While a Wireless Arrival Sensor is more expensive than a few feet of cable, there reaches a point where the cost of the cable, plus the time and labour, no longer makes a wired connection feasible. This is where a wireless feature can save you a whole lot of time and money.
It’s been a busy couple weeks at PIT. Everyone is back from holidays now and it’s been a nose to the grindstone kind of month. We’ve got some new hires coming in, have been working on training some others, and rewarded a more seasoned employee.
So, what’s new at PIT?
FlowFit Modular Lubricator Release
A week ago we released our new FlowFit, Flow-T Replacement Lubricator. It’s a design we’ve been working on for quite some time, and we’re very happy with how it came out!
Traditionally, Flow-T’s can be a pain to remove and replace on a wellhead. The FlowFit drastically reduces the amount of time and money wasted during these installations. It’s an all machine forged, no weld design that bolts directly to the Master Valve and the Wing Valve. This means that the only thing that needs to be replaced is the Flow-T itself, allowing the valves to remain in place. The added convenience of the FlowFit lubricator can save up to $27,000 in costs for the producer.
Curling the Night Away
PIT has been a proud part of the Annual Red Deer Oilmen’s Bonspiel for many years. We are both a regular sponsor of the event and a regular competitor in the tournament.
This year the PIT Crew was represented by Mark Sutherland, Brett and Kevin Kroetsch, and Dan Boutin. This team has been a top contender in the past, often kicking butt and placing in the tournament. Unfortunately, this year the ice was against us.
The PIT team won their first match, placing them in the A level of the competition. They went on to play in the Saturday portion of the bonspiel and were eliminated Saturday evening. The team that beat them went on to win the entire tournament and we congratulate them on their victory.
We’d like to thank the community and the Red Deer Oilmen for allowing us to be a part of this fun and exciting event for another year.
A New Truck for an Experienced Employee
Those of you that have worked with PIT before will undoubtedly have met Laura-Gene Haga; or LG, as we often call her. LG has been a member of the PIT Crew for over five years. Located in the Red Deer office, LG works as our Oil Engineering Technologist. Always hustling and bustling, Laura-Gene can be found in the field just as much as in her upstairs office, showing us again and again just how hard of a worker she can be.
As a thank you for all the hard work she’s given us over the years, we wanted to do something special to show LG how appreciated she is. And nothing seemed better suited than a brand new Dodge for her to do all her business in.
We hope you like the new truck, LG.
Christmas is over. New Year’s Eve is only a few sleeps away. With all the party planning, present shopping, cooking, baking, decorating, and general merry-making, December is one hectic month. In the brief lull between holidays, we’ve managed to rouse ourselves from our turkey coma. Now it’s time to take a few moments to reflect on 2017.
So, how was our 2017? Well, for starters, we survived it. This year sometimes felt like a never-ending storm of global scandal, geopolitical conflict, natural disasters, and weekly crisis’. But hey, we survived! And if you’re reading this, you did too! That in itself is something worth celebrating.
On the PIT front, we’ve had a busy year. In the last half of the year, we saw our team expand more and more. Our staff numbers climbed ever higher in order to help service more wells, help assist more clients, and help the PIT ship sail more smoothly.
Our Cloud Controller (PitBoss Cloud) brought the Internet of Things and Big Data to many new locations and clients. It’s a revolutionary new technology that more and more people are discovering it all the time. It has near infinite uses and applications. It can move and process so much data that we are only restricted by how quickly we can add new uses and ideas to it! It’s our highest value product.
We rolled out our new FL3 fluid level automated unit. What started as an idea is now a fully functional unit capable of automatically taking fluid levels in almost any type of well. It can even send the data remotely if that’s what you need! Included in the unit is our new generation of Pump Off Controllers, Total Well Management when integrated to our Cloud Controller, plunger tracking, and more!
PIT invented the HybridLift! This revolutionary approach to well life cycle design utilizes a combination of some of our bestselling services to create something never seen! Keep your eyes peeled in 2018 as the HybridLift rolls out into our products and services sometime in 2018.
The Methane Leak and Gas Migration measurement is here! We’re ready for the new Federal Legislation and can help you and all our clients be compliant with rules and regulations throughout 2018.
We had a jam-packed and fun-filled year at PIT. We were always busy but we love what we do so we can’t really complain! Most of all we’re excited to see what next year will hold. Are you ready for 2018 like we are?
PIT is well known for our plungers. We’ve supplied thousands of plungers to hundreds of companies and are always looking for ways to improve our designs. One of the issues that come up often when dealing with our clients, is how we should handle a well with an SSSV in extreme sour wells. Our 3 ½” Dual Pad Skirted Plunger* is a solution to this issue.
When a Sub Surface Safety Valve (SSSV) is triggered it isolates the well bore. This can happen when there is a system failure or damage to surface production, control, or safety facilities. When an SSSV has finished its life on the well, it can be removed. However, the landing nipple is still in place and is either very expensive or impossible to remove.
How did PIT address these issues? Simple. We created a Dual Pad Skirted Plunger capable of compressing far more than a non-skirted plunger. When compressed, the plunger is able to slip through the nipple. That way there is no need to pull tubing to remove the nipple and no need to spend thousands of dollars in the process.
The flexibility of the Dual Pad Skirted Plunger allows it to significantly increase the efficiency of your well. Not only is it able to collapse to fit through a nipple, it also expands further than a non-skirted plunger. This allows it to create a tighter seal to reduce gas and liquid leaks while traveling through the tubing.
The plunger has to travel regularly through the nipple. This means the plunger is built with durability in mind so that it may withstand the wear and tear that comes from passing through the SSSV nipple.
3 1/2″ Dual Pad Skirted Plunger Case Study
This 3 ½” Dual Pad Skirted Plunger (pictured right) was recently replaced in one of our customer’s wells. It ran on a 13% sour gas well outside of Olds, AB. During that time it removed hundreds of liters of contaminants from the well.
PIT builds our plungers hardy so that they can withstand extremely punishing conditions. This particular plunger made 12 cycles a day through the nipple and the rest of the tubing, expanding and collapsing whenever it was needed.
*Other sizes are available
PIT and its manufacturing partners MVM and Kismet are pleased to announce 3D laser scanning technology as part of its technological advantages for your Wellsite and Operations.
There are many uses for this 3D Scanner including saving thousands of dollars in piping installations like plunger lift lubricators and flowline piping modifications. Our unit can easily be set up onsite and scan the required piping inside a building or outside on lease to gather highly accurate distances and shapes for making custom or standard piping changes easier, at a much lower cost. The measurements are accurate to 1 mm!
Recently, we are using this 3D scanner to pre-job plan and custom build plunger lift lubricators for specific wells and the highline (flowline) connections. This allows pre-fab building and only one site visit, all of which add up to saving clients a lot of cost and headaches!
We have used the system to save clients up to $25,000 in piping modifications for a welded/flanged piping installation on a plunger lift installation. Clients will save even more by using this system proactively when planning plant site changes, pump installation, surface facility add-ons and more.
Click on the icon below to learn more about 3D Scanning!