Test evaluates high-volume ESP application offshore Mexico

Santiago Guzman AlmazoPemex Villahermosa, Mexico Gene RilingCealc Bartlesville, Okla An electric submersible pump (ESP) test, although shorter than hoped for, indicated that artificial lift with ESPs had potential for replacing gas-lift operations, offshore Mexico. Petr?leos Mexicanos (Pemex) recently preformed this test of a high-volume (10,000 b/d) ESP in the Akal reservoir of the Cantarell field, northeast Marina Region in the Gulf of Mexico (Fig. 1 [935,302 bytes]). In the Marine Region, gas lift is the main artificial lift method; however, to maintain production on gas lift, sweetened gas requirements for the Akal reservoir would have to increase by about 30...

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