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    C. Lara, E. Ramon, E. Vizcarra, M. Perez, C. Contreras and D. Amores

    Ecuador’s MDC Field is located in Orellana Province, which lies on the eastern slopes of the Andes Mountains, about 110 mi (176 km) east of Quito, Fig. 1. Operated by Enap-Sipec the field consists of 17 producing wells plus a single injector that is used for re-injection of produced water. The field produces from three reservoirs: the “U” sand, the “T” sand and the Hollin Superior sand. Total production from the field is about 14,000 bopd. All the producing wells in MDC Field use Electrical Submersible Pumps (ESPs) to lift produced fluids to the surface. The pumps are all equipped with Phoenix downhole sensors and are connected to an ESP-monitoring system. This system provides several advantages in managing field operations including real-time monitoring of downhole pressure and temperature, as well as monitoring critical pump performance parameters that are used to maximize pumping efficiency and alert the operator of any developing problems.

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