Gas Well Deliquification

Gas Well Deliquification

3rd Edition - February 12, 2019

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  • Authors: James Lea, Jr., Lynn Rowlan
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128162163
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128158975

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Gas Well Deliquification, Third Edition, expands upon previous experiences and applies today’s more applicable options and technology. Updated to include more information on automation, nodal analysis, and horizontal gas well operations, this new edition provides engineers with key information in one central location. Multiple contributors from today’s operators offer their own learned experiences, critical equipment, and rules of thumb for practicality. Covering the entire lifecycle of the well, this book will be an ideal reference for engineers who need to know the right solutions regarding a well’s decline curve in their work to continuously optimize assets.

Key Features

  • Teaches users how to understand the latest methods of deliquifying gas wells, from nodal analysis, to various forms of artificial lift
  • Provides an up-to-date reference on automation techniques for today’s operations, including horizontal wells
  • Presents various perspectives contributed from multiple sources, allowing readers to select the best method for a well’s lifecycle


Production engineers, field foremen, reservoir engineers, production optimizers, lead operator, production supervisor

Table of Contents

  • 1. Introduction
    2. Recognizing Symptoms of Liquid Loading in Gas Wells
    3. Critical Velocity
    4. Nodal Analysis
    5. Compression
    6. Plunger Lift
    7. Hydraulic Pumping
    8. Liquid Unloading Using Chemicals for Wells and Pipelines
    9. Progressing Cavity Pumps
    10. Use of Beam Pumps to Deliquefy Gas Wells
    11. Gas Lift
    12. Electrical Submersible Pumps
    13. Coal Bed Methane (CBM) and Shale
    14. Production Automation
    Appendix A: Development of critical velocity equations
    Appendix B: Nodal concepts and stability concerns
    Appendix C: Plunger troubleshooting procedures
    Appendix D: Gas lift terminology

Product details

  • No. of pages: 492
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Gulf Professional Publishing 2019
  • Published: February 12, 2019
  • Imprint: Gulf Professional Publishing
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128162163
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128158975

About the Authors

James Lea, Jr.

James F. Lea, Jr. is currently an independent consultant for both academic and corporate facilities aiding in production projects and teaching seminars. He was previously the Chair of the petroleum engineering department of Texas Tech University, where he taught since 1999. Previous to his teaching experience, Dr. Lea worked in the industry for 20 years for Amoco as a special research associate and team leader of the optimization and production group. He taught at the University of Arkansas from 1975 to 1978, and before that he worked as a senior research engineer at the famed Sun Oil Company in Richardson, Texas. Dr. Lea holds 8 patents, has co-authored 2 books, and was awarded the SPE Lifetime Achievement Award as a "Legend of Artificial Lift". Dr. Lea earned a BSME and MSME from the University of Arkansas and a PhD from Southern Methodist University. He is a member of the Society of Petroleum Engieers and ASME.

Affiliations and Expertise

Independent Consultant, PLTech LLC, Texas, USA

Lynn Rowlan

Lynn Rowlan earned a BSCE from Oklahoma State University and was the recipient of the 2000 J.C. Slonneger Award bestowed by the Southwestern Petroleum Short Course Association, Inc. He has authored numerous papers for the Southwestern Petroleum Short Course, the Canadian Petroleum Society, and the Society of Petroleum Engineers. Mr. Rowlan works as an engineer for Echometer Company in Wichita Falls, Texas. His primary interest is to advance the technology used in the Echometer Portable Well Analyzer to analyze and optimize the real-time operation of all artificial lift production systems. He also provides training and consultation for performing well analysis to increase oil and gas production, reduce failures, and reduce power consumption. He presents many seminars and gives numerous talks on the efficient operation of oil and gas wells.

Affiliations and Expertise

Engineer, Echometer Company, USA

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