For many oil producers in South America, water injection plays a crucial role in maximizing oil recovery. This was especially true for one operator in Peru who faced the challenge of establishing a complete water processing facility and injection system to keep their production profitable. By leveraging engineering expertise and extensive field experience, Valiant was able to set up a complete surface configuration for this facility within the objective time frame and cover the project’s unique scope.
South America holds the second-largest oil reserves in the world. Operators in the region rely heavily on water injection to recover as much oil from the producing reservoir as possible. In order to process and then transport the fluid required for these applications, producers need robust pumping systems.
Valiant had the opportunity to help one customer implement a complete and modular surface solution for a water injection application in the Los Angeles field. The operator needed to develop a center processing facility and establish a complete water injection system within a period of 8 months. With no prior experience working on a project of this scale, the operator leaned on Valiant’s extensive technical guidance to achieve the project objectives.
To satisfy the operator’s technical specifications, Valiant was tasked with providing a horizontal pumping system (HPS) capable of transferring 7,500 barrels of fluid per day at a discharge pressure of 2,264 psi, as well as supplying ancillary components required for the system such as pipe sections, check valves, and globe valves. While the requirements for this particular water injection application were outside of the typical scope for standard HPS operations, Valiant’s team designed and developed a solution integrating HPS designs, pipeline and surface engineering, monitoring and automation technologies, HSE risk analyses and risk mitigation techniques.
Designed with the operator’s goals at the forefront, Valiant successfully completed the entire facility in a span of just 90 days with no HSE events and excellence in execution. Specifically, Valiant provided a complete water injection package comprised of three Aquarius™ HPS units, three Pulse™ variable speed drives, three booster pumps, discharge and suction manifolds, a programmable logic controller (PLC) system and start up service. By working with the customer to understand their project scope in detail and determine the best plan of action, Valiant was able to provide a turnkey solution safely and efficiently. In light of Valiant’s successful execution of the system, the customer announced plans to expand their facility with three more HPS units by 2019.