The High Temperature Flow Loop is used to carefully test the performance of downhole pumping systems over a range of operating temperatures, pressures, flowrates and gas/liquid ratios.
This custom loop includes an 90-ft-long, 244.5 mm OD (9.625 in, 40 lb/ft), casing section. The section is orientated at 3° off horizontal to mimic a “typical” SAGD production well where the artificial lift system can be positioned.
Over the years, the flow loop has been upgraded numerous times. It is used to independently test the performance, reliability, and degradation of some of the newest forms of high temperature artificial lift systems in the world.
Examples of the types of systems tested include:
- Electrical Submersible Pumps (ESPs)
- Progressing Cavity Pumps (PCPs); and
- Metal to Metal PCPs.
In many cases, testing has also helped the vendors optimize the performance of their AL systems under these very challenging thermal conditions.