Design criteria and innovative solutions for workover concepts in mature EMPG gas fields

Ludwig Högn

Research output: ThesisMaster's Thesis


This master thesis contains an analysis of the technical fundaments for natural gas workover concepts, which are important for the production out of depleted reservoirs. To this regard, common completion designs and the possible procedures which are important in the tail-end phase for deliquification of condensed water and other reservoir fluids are being evaluated. First of all, the theoretical conditions of intermittent production, which lead to a liquid load-up, are described. In the following chapter, a sensitivity analysis is performed, based on a representative natural gas well in Northern Germany, which is operated by ExxonMobil Production Germany, to determine the influence of various factors and their importance. Another chapter is dealing with possibilities of an artificial discharge of accumulating water in the wellbore, via artificial lift systems and their applicability on wellbores operated by EMPG. Their specific composition poses major limitations in possible applications; hence the gained insights are also included in order to carry out a future installation of artificial lift systems cost-effectively. A discussion concerning the installation of a chemical injection line and the end of tubing is also essential for the completion of design, because it cannot be changed later. The conclusion, which is based on the findings of the sensitivity analysis, the possible artificial lift systems and the life-cycle costs were finally applied for three wellbores, which are workover candidates in the years 2013 and 2014.
Translated title of the contributionDesign-Kriterien und innovative Lösungen für Aufwältigungskonzepte in reifen EMPG Gasfeldern
Original languageEnglish
  • Hofstätter, Herbert, Supervisor (internal)
  • Fischer, Franz, Supervisor (external), External person
  • Glab, Markus, Co-Supervisor (external), External person
Award date13 Dec 2013
Publication statusPublished - 2013

Bibliographical note

embargoed until 29-10-2018


  • Completion Engineering
  • Workover
  • Mature gas fields
  • Artificial lift systems

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