Horacio Ferreira
General Manager

Well-Testing Optimizes Production in Mature Fields

Wed, 01/22/2014 - 16:47

“After more than ten years and over 80,000 successful operations, Surpetrol has been able to demonstrate the technological and economic value of its well-testing solutions in mature fields,” says Horacio Ferreira, General Manager of Surpetrol. The company’s main contribution to the Mexican oil and gas sector has been in providing original products to gather production data in real time. This is especially valuable in mature fields, the company’s area of expertise. “Surpetrol perceives challenges as chances to innovate and stand out with efficient and cost-effective solutions,” affirms Ferreira. The growing opportunities in Mexico are helping the company minimize costs while optimizing effectiveness. In order to improve production, Ferreira says it is crucial to fully understand the reservoirs where operations are being carried out. To do so, gathering and managing production data provides operators with fundamental knowledge on the reservoirs’ conditions. This necessity makes well-testing the most sought after service in Surpetrol’s portfolio. The fact that the company provides tailored solutions to optimize production recovery according to each well’s characteristics enables it to offer additional value. “Each well has its unique conditions and Surpetrol supports its clients in defining the best approach to optimize production in a reservoir.” He further advises the government that the best way to extend the lifecycles of fields in Mexico is to pay better attention to their specific characteristics as they are being developed.

The oil and gas industry, says Ferreira, tends to be rather traditional and Mexico is no exception. This poses several obstacles when it comes to introducing new technologies. In this sense, Ferreira highlights international best practices as a key element when introducing new instruments in Mexico. For instance, he says the future of well-testing lies on multiphase technology. However, multiphase technology is still at a development stage and the use of multiphase meters has not become a common practice, which creates misinterpretation problems for users. In this void, Ferreira identifies great areas of opportunity for his company in implementing innovative systems such as progressive cavity pumps (PCPs) or enhancing reservoir solutions. He points to Chicontepec as being particularly suited to implement technologies such as PCPs. Given that well-testing and production optimization are essential services, recent legislative changes are unlikely to affect Surpetrol’s status as a PEMEX provider. On the contrary, Ferreira believes more opportunities will pop up to work with the NOC and maybe new actors too. “In Mexico, our company works directly for PEMEX or supplies services and equipment to private parties working alongside PEMEX. This means the oil company is always in our portfolio, which has a 70-30 public-private ratio,” tells Ferreira. All this has led Surpetrol to see the Energy Reform in a positive light. “New players will bring knowledge that will help address the current challenges in exploiting unconventional fields such as Chicontepec and deepwater reservoirs.”