Low-cost oil well surveillance system tested in California

New flow sensors, successfully tested on several California wells, can lower the cost of monitoring marginal oil wells, according to the US Department of Energy's (DOE's) National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL). DOE partially funded the development of the sensors and NETL managed the project that involved assessing the inexpensive monitoring-system prototype for improving the efficiency of sucker-rod pumped oil wells.Petrolects LLC, San Luis Obispo, Calif., installed the marginal-expense oil well wireless surveillance (MEOWWS) monitoring system at three Vaquero Energy Co. wellsites in the mature Edison oil field in Kern County, Calif. All wells in this shallow heavy-oil field...

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