New Extended-range ESP System Pump Manages Steep Production Decline Characteristic of Unconventional Oil Wells

FLEXPumpER technology offers an unmatched operating range

HOUSTON – Sept. 15, 2014 – Baker Hughes announced today the commercial release of the FLEXPumpER™ extended-range pump, which expands the operating range of a single electrical submersible pumping (ESP) system. The new pump operates efficiently in a wider flow range to improve production and reduce operating costs, particularly in the dynamic production conditions characteristic of unconventional resource plays.

As production rates from unconventional oil wells decline, operators typically switch out pumping units, or even artificial lift production methods to accommodate the various flow ranges. The FLEXPumpER technology can operate with a flow range from 2,900 to 50 barrels per day.

The production stream in unconventional oil plays also can contain high levels of gas entrained in the fluid, which can impact ESP system efficiency and reliability. The FLEXPumpER design features patent-pending advanced turbulence mitigation (ATM) technology to increase pumping efficiency and reduce gas locking, as well as a redesigned bearing system to withstand the high temperatures generated in the pump during short-term operation with gas slugs. Particle swirl suppression ribs in the diffuser provide abrasion resistance by reducing the buildup of abrasives that can cause erosive wear.

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Baker Hughes is a leading supplier of oilfield services, products, technology and systems to the worldwide oil and natural gas industry. The company's 59,000-plus employees today work in more than 80 countries helping customers find, evaluate, drill, produce, transport, and process hydrocarbon resources.

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