Today’s state-of-the-art predictive software for rod pumping can be used to design and optimize rod pumping in deviated wells as well as vertical wells. Applying these methods to rod pumping in deviated wells and in unintentionally deviated (crooked) wells will result in substantial errors and cause inappropriate design. The new technique considers a deviation survey for the 3-D borehole trajectory and rod/tubing drag friction in the predictive design method. This paper examines a real case for a severely deviated well by using the new software, showing the best practices and optimization.
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