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Brammer Broadcast

August 2016 | Issue 2016.4

Welcome to Brammer Broadcast. Brammer Engineering, Inc. is a full service contract operating, property management and consulting firm founded in 1968 in Shreveport, Louisiana. Thanks for taking a moment to let us share with you some news and information about our industry and our company...a longtime outsourcing resource for the oil and gas industry.
Plunger lift systems have come a long way. Technology has transformed the simple plunger box that once offered only the basic settings to today's smart boxes that use logic to adjust themselves, and are capable of being married with telemetry and monitored and adjusted remotely. Not only have the control boxes improved but the plungers themselves are much improved as well. Two-piece plungers, bypass plungers, and continuous run plungers are now available.  
One thing that has not changed in the plunger world is the need for human interaction. The lease operator or optimizer must fully understand the plunger system and how it works. If an operator tells you that he does not like plungers, or that they will not work, it's very possible that the plunger installation will not be effective. Even with the improvements and technological advances in control boxes and plungers, an operator's attitude, experience, and attention to detail is vital to successful plunger performance.
In addition, two things are vitally important to successful plunger lift installations and performance:
1. Find a good candidate
What is seemingly obvious but many times forgotten is that a plunger uses the well's own energy to lift liquids out of the well bore. Plunger lift systems can often heal the sick but have very little success raising the dead! There must be adequate reservoir energy present for these systems to work. Plunger system manufacturers recommend the following rule of thumb: the well must produce at least 400 scf of gas per barrel of fluid per 1,000 feet of depth.  For instance, if a well produces 10 barrels of fluid from 10,000', it must produce a minimum of 40 MCFD (10 bbls X 400 scf X 10,000'/1,000') to be considered a viable candidate for plunger lift.
2. Assess the operating conditions
Here are several factors to consider before installing a plunger lift system: 
  • What is your tubing size?
  • Is your well on packer or is tubing hanging (open-ended)?
  • Where is the EOT in relation to the perfs?
  • Does your well make any sand, solids, etc?
  • What is your line pressure? Do you have a small field compressor on location? Can your system handle the pressure spike when the plunger comes on after a shut in period?
  • Can your production equipment handle the slug of fluid ahead of a plunger arrival?

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In the first of three hearings this year to consider changes for the 2017 tax year, the Louisiana Tax Commission (LTC) considered rule changes to the oil and gas property (AdValorem) tax calculations proposed by the Louisiana Assessor's Association (LAA). These proposals, if implemented, would significantly increase the taxable values of oil and gas properties in Louisiana, and thereby the taxes for those properties. The increase to the Louisiana oil & gas taxpayer could be as much as 50% or more in property (AdValorem) taxes.  Click here for details on the tax proposals.
Capturing, communicating, storing and providing secure access to data accurately and timely are great advantages in today's technology-driven "now" society. It is no different in the world of operating oil and gas wells and managing those assets efficiently. It is, in fact, paramount to success in an industry that has created great wealth & reserve growth while at times also causing much consternation and heartbreak.
The life cycle of an oil and gas well, lease, property or asset is a dynamic process which needs to be managed carefully. Accurate data which is readily available through a secure 24/7 database is a cornerstone of value creation and growth. Brammer utilizes industry-leading software Peloton WellView 10.1 as our data repository for our clients' oil & gas data.
Our database currently contains over 6,300 client assets. These records are maintained in a data structure that is available to each client through a password secured portal. Operational reporting in WellView begins with staking a location and continues throughout the life cycle of a well concluding with abandonment and location restoration. A complete well history, daily and cumulative production reports, and decline curves are also available to the client as well as our staff.  Read More

We have developed an informative video that covers the various aspects of a Phase I Environmental Site Assessment. Our skilled and experienced staff has conducted Phase I Environmental Site Assessments for a variety of clients in many different geographic regions.

Our goal for this production is to briefly answer the following questions:
  • Why should a buyer conduct a Phase I Environmental Site Assessment prior to purchase?
  • What is involved in the Phase I Environmental Site Assessment?
  • What is the time frame required to conduct a thorough Phase I Environmental Site Assessment?
  • Why use Brammer HSE Services to perform a Phase I Environmental Site Assessment?


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