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Study on a Gas Plunger Lift Model for Shale Gas Wells and Its Effective Application

Peng Liu1, Man Chen1, Zhiguo He1, Wei Luo2,3,*, Shiyu Miao2,3

1 Sichuan Changning Gas Development Company, PetroChina Southwest Oil & Gas Field Company, Chengdu, 610051, China
2 Petroleum Engineering Institute of Yangtze University, Wuhan, 430100, China
3 Key Laboratory of Drilling and Production Engineering for Oil and Gas, Yangtze University, Wuhan, 430100, China

* Corresponding Author: Wei Luo. Email: email

Fluid Dynamics & Materials Processing 2022, 18(4), 933-955.


The problem of efficient gas lift for gas well annulus packers that rely on their own energy plungers is considered. The complex related gas-liquid problem is addressed in the frame of model where the gas inflow dynamics and liquid inflow dynamics of the considered shale gas wells are weakly coupled. On this basis, and with the aiding support of indoor simulation experimental data, a new gas plunger lift design taking into account liquid leakage is obtained. Finally, a dedicated software relying on this approach is developed and used to verify the reliability of the model by means of field examples.


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Liu, P., Chen, M., He, Z., Luo, W., Miao, S. (2022). Study on a Gas Plunger Lift Model for Shale Gas Wells and Its Effective Application. FDMP-Fluid Dynamics & Materials Processing, 18(4), 933–955.

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