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  • Testing offshore technology—onshore


    K. Colina and M. Cepeda

    The Rocky Mountain Oilfield Testing Center (RMOTC) recently extended its capacity to provide real-world environments for testing new oilfield technology by simulating a sea-floor environment. At Naval Petroleum Reserve No. 3 (NPR-3), RMOTC created a testing environment equivalent to 3,000 ft of water depth at its large-bore test well facility, to test a hydraulic pump for deep-sea use. Oilwell Hydraulics Inc., in association with an Australia-based company, tested one of its hydraulic pumps at RMOTC’s facility. Hydraulic pumping systems transmit power downhole by means of pressurized power fluid that flows in wellbore tubulars. The downhole pump acts as a transformer to convert the energy of the power fluid to pressure in the produced fluids. The pump tested was designed to run at a maximum capacity of 13,440 bpd, greater than what was available off the shelf and therefore physically larger than existing equipment.

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