of Subsurface vs. Topside Compression
Subsurface compressors provide a much higher economic return by...
Increasing gas production due to higher drawdown at the suction of the compressor, which is closer to the reservoir
Increasing recoverable reserves due to lower abandonment pressure and postponed abandonment, enabled by lower downhole flowing pressure
Reducing energy consumption due to the pressure boost at the discharge of the subsurface compressor
Subsurface compressors reduce liquid loading by...
Increasing the kinetic energy of the produced streams resulting in higher gas velocity to carry the liquids uphole
Increasing the thermal energy of the produced streams resulting in higher fluid temperatures to prevent condensation