Test proves out triple-action pump in downhole separation

A new system has been tested for separating oil and water downhole in the wellbore.Texaco's test of the triple-action pumping system (TAPS) included several breakthroughs that will push gravity-segregation technology towards widespread industry and government acceptance.The test indicated that by virtue of its capability to inject at high pressure, TAPS provides a new, less-costly, method for waterflooding.DOWSDownhole oil-water separation (DOWS) is becoming a key technology in the oil industry. A number of published articles have discussed the potential of DOWS to improve revenues, reduce expenses and investments, and protect the environment when the right conditions exist.1-3TAPS is...

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