Monthly Archives: April 2014

Independent Monitoring of SWDs


Introduction: Working interest or Royalty interest owners in commercial SWDs may wish to have access to operating parameters of their well. Operators of commercial SWDs may wish to provide operations data to regulators or to major investors. In any case, technology to provide this information is routinely available and inexpensive.

We have already discussed wireless monitoring of SWDs and SCADA systems for safe and accurate operations. The technology is mature and mostly off-the-shelf. While somewhat expensive, the data obtained can assist the operator in maintaining good conditions for filters, pumps, and the well itself. Monitoring equipment is operated and maintained by the owners of the SWD who have the use of the information. The operator can use the data to fine-tune the SWD and… Continue reading