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Brammer Broadcast

December 2016 | Issue 2016.6


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.
Electric Submersible Pump (ESP) systems have evolved into one of the most effective and reliable artificial lift methods used in the oil and gas industry. They are capable of moving from 150 BFPD to over 45,000 BFPD. The primary components of an ESP include:
  1. Motor Assembly: The motor assembly is used to power the pumps. They are offered in a variety of diameters, horsepower ratings, and operating ranges. Motors are selected based on the amount of power needed to operate the pump and lift the desired volume of fluid from the wellbore.
  2. Sealed Chamber Section: The sealed chamber section is located between the motor and the pumps. Its main functions are to reduce thrust generated by the pumps, protect the motor from well fluids, store the motor fluids, and equalize pressures between the well and the motor. Seal sections are offered in a variety of configurations and can be upgraded to fit the specific application.
  3. Multi-Staged Centrifugal Pumps: The pumps are comprised of a series of rotating impellers and stationary diffusers that utilize centrifugal force to lift hydrocarbons from the wellbore. As fluid moves through the rotating impellers velocity increases which is converted to pressure at the stationary diffusers. This process is repeated throughout each stage of the pump until there is sufficient energy to transfer the fluid to the surface.
  4. Gas Separator: To minimize gas interference issues, gas separators are installed in the system to aid with natural separation while imparting mechanical separation so that the gas enters the annulus before reaching the pump. A variety of gas separator configurations are offered to help optimize the entire system.
  5. Electrical Cable: The electrical cable transmits power from the surface to the motor assembly used to power the pumps. Several types of electrical cable are available, and are selected based on the amount of power required and the environmental conditions of the wellbore.
  6. Surface Control Equipment: The surface control equipment maintains the adequate flow of electricity transmitted down the electrical cable to power the system. Variable speed drive (VSD) controllers are commonly used to display the data transmitted by the downhole sensor where necessary changes can be made to ensure the system is operating efficiently.
  7. Optional Components: A variety of optional equipment and component upgrades are available to help optimize production performance no matter what wellbore geometry or environment the ESP is applied. Read More

In the September edition of the Brammer Broadcast we discussed proposals submitted to the Louisiana Tax Commission that would have significantly increased the AdValorem taxes for oil and gas properties. Fortunately, the commission decided not to address the proposals in 2016. As a result there will be no significant changes to the AdValorem tax code for the 2017 tax year. 
The commission did leave the proposals open for consideration during 2017. We will continue to monitor activity at the commission and will give an additional update if there are material changes to the AdValorem tax code.

Each spring Brammer Engineering employees volunteer their time to tutor students after school at the Volunteers of America Lighthouse in Shreveport. The tutors help the kids prepare for their end of year assessment tests. This year our employees wanted to spread some holiday cheer and throw a Christmas party for the kids that they have gotten to know over the years of tutoring. The party planners really outdid themselves and organized an amazing event! A snow machine showered the kids as they entered the Lighthouse, immediately putting them into a festive mood. Once inside the party they enjoyed a hot chocolate bar with an assortment of toppings, cookie decorating, creating a Christmas ornament to take home, and a reading of a Cajun Night Before Christmas. The highlight for the students though was the visit from Santa. Each child got to take a picture with Santa that was printed out to share with their families. Truth be known, the Brammer employees had as much fun as the kids!

Dear Friends....
I imagine that many of us are happy that 2016 is rapidly drawing to a close. It's been a tough year for most of our industry and the thought of the sub $30 oil environment of early this year brings back unpleasant memories to say the least.
But alas, things are improving and after various degrees of pain over the last 18 to 24 months, the industry is hopeful again. Prices, although far from robust, are recovering and much better. We'll be ushering in new leadership in Washington soon which gives many of us reason for optimism. Change is on the way and based on where we've been recently, that would appear to be a good thing.
Thank you again for allowing us to pop into your inbox throughout the year. We hope that the content within has been beneficial and worthwhile. We also hope that you have enjoyed reading Brammer Broadcast as much as we've enjoyed putting it together.
As we look forward to 2017, it's interesting that the mantra of the past, "Hope and Change" may become the real driving force for the future. We trust that our industry is indeed hopeful again and that the changes that are no doubt coming in the near future will help create an environment that can launch our industry and our country on the path to peace and prosperity that we all desire. Let's stay the course and keep the faith.
Thank all of you again for your interest in this publication, for your friendship and for the opportunities that many of us have had to work together in one of the greatest industries in the world. Our very best to you and yours this holiday season and may the Good Lord continue to bless all of us in 2017 and beyond.
Your Friends at Brammer Engineering


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" And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold,
I bring you good tidings of great joy,
which shall be to all people.

- Luke 2:10

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