Artificial Lift for Natural Gas

For many years, multiple methods have existed to artificially lift oil from reservoirs, including electric submersible pumps (ESPs), plunger lift, sucker rod pumps, gas lift systems, hydraulic pumping systems and progressive cavity pumps. However, until now, there were no artificial recovery methods for natural gas. Why is that?

Oil vs. Gas

Historically, significant investments were made to recover oil, and gas was simply a byproduct of those investments. However, a shift is underway in favor of natural gas, primarily due to its cleaner burn profile, its ability to meet 2025 emissions standards and its abundance in the United States and other energy producing countries. Natural gas is replacing coal in power plants globally. Technologies are being developed to convert natural gas to liquefied natural gas (LNG), and ports are being developed to handle and transport gas products around the world.

Market Shift Meets Technological Advancement

As market dynamics are shifting, technologies are advancing, opening up new opportunities in areas once considered out of reach, including the work done by our Parent Company, Calnetix Technologies. Prior to Upwing Energy’s formation, over three years have been spent on the development of an economical subsurface compressor system for the artificial lift of natural gas.

Previously, only about 60 percent of the natural gas from reservoirs could be recovered from conventional wells and only about 10 percent from unconventional wells. When the natural pressure of the gas below the earth diminished, there was no other option but to cap the well. Now, our Upwing Subsurface Compressor Systems™ (SCS) can be utilized to increase the rate of production from existing gas wells, and to deplete the natural gas reservoir down to unprecedented levels cost effectively.

Onshore Wells

Conventional Onshore Wells

In a conventional gas well, the reservoir pressure must overcome the wellbore pressure in order for gas to be produced. As the well ages and the reservoir pressure depletes, it becomes more difficult for the gas to naturally rise.

Our Upwing Subsurface Compressor Systems™ (SCS) decrease bottom hole flowing pressure, drawing the reservoir gas into the intake of the compressor and then pushing it up the production tubing to increase the flowing well head pressure and density. This increases the production rate by up to 50%, which increases cash flow and net present value. This also increases the rate of recovery significantly, increasing the production life and providing a healthier balance sheet.

Unconventional Onshore Wells

In an unconventional gas well, the reservoir is the artificially fractured area, which can be as far as 25,000 ft. from the well head. Pressure and flows deplete substantially in the initial production year, and the total life of the well is significantly shorter than conventional wells.

Our Upwing Subsurface Compressor Systems™ (SCS) are essential to increasing production after the first year by preventing a sharp decline in production and prolonging liquid loading, extending the production timeframe by approximately a year and a half before plunger lift systems are needed to dewater the well. Subsurface Compressors provide a higher value and higher rate of return for unconventional rich gas resources due to their short life span.