Advantages

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