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Installing Plunger Lift Systems In Gas Wells


lifetime of the well and the amount of methane vented to the atmosphere.

  • An economic analysis of plunger lift installation should include the incremental boost in productivity as well as the associated extension in well life.

  • Even when the well pressure declines below that necessary to lift the plunger and liquids against sales line back pressure, a plunger is more efficient in removing liquids with the well vented to the atmosphere than simply blowing the well without a plunger lift.

  • Include methane emission reductions from installing plunger lift systems in annual reports submitted as part of the Natural Gas STAR Program.


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Plunger Lift Systems, Inc., personal contact.

Beauregard, E., and P.L. Ferguson

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Beeson, C.M., D.G. Knox, and J.H. Stoddard. Plunger Lift Correlation Equations and Nomographs. Paper 501-G presented at AIME Petroleum Branch Meeting, New Orleans, LA, October 1995.

Smith, Reid, BP, personal contact.

Tingley, Kevin, U.S. EPA Natural Gas STAR Program, personal contact.

Bracy. C.L., and S.J. Morrow. An Economic Assessment of Artificial Lift in Low Pressure, Tight Gas Sands in Ochiltree County, Texas. SPE Paper 27932 presented at the SPE Mid-Continent Gas Symposium, Amarillo, TX, May 1994.

Walls, Brad, Resource Production Company, personal contact.

Well Master Corporation, personal contact.

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