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SWC Insider - 2007

Monday, July 16, 2007

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  1. 2007 SWC Spring Meeting
  2. 2007 Proposals Identified
  3. Rocky Mountain Oilfield Testing Center Open house (August 20, 2007)
  4. 2007 Fall Technology Transfer Meeting, Roanoke, WV (September 20, 2007)
  5. Oklahoma Oil & Gas Trade Expo (October 18, 2007)
  6. 2007 Fall Technology Transfer Meeting, Wichita, KS. (October 30, 2007)
  7. New Members
  8. Telly Award
  9. PDA Training Offered
  10. GasTips Articles

2007 SWC Spring Meeting

The 2007 SWC Spring Meeting was held on May 22-23, 2007 at the Inn on the Lake, Canandaigua, NY. Over 55 people attended this two-day meeting. The meeting focused on reviewing funding requests from the fifteen proposals submitted requesting over $2,229,000. A strategic planning session was part of the general meeting. This session was the opportunity for members to offer their suggestions on how to promote and raise the awareness of the SWC. Suggestions included:

  • assisting in the marketing of research findings,
  • advertise in key trade journals,
  • create technical sheets on research projects,
  • create a brand for the SWC.

The Executive Council met immediately following the close of the general meeting to consider all proposals. Ten proposals were recommended for co-funding totaling over $1,16M.

2007 Projects Identified

The SWC has approved over $8.42 million to co-fund 81 projects since inception in January 2001. At the 2007 SWC Spring Meeting, the Executive Council recommended ten projects for co-funding totaling over $1.16 million. The funding cycle for these projects will be August 1, 2007 to July 31, 2008. The 2007 projects are:

  • Continued System Efficiency Improvements for Airlift Pumping System, Airlift Services International
  • Very Low Cost Stripper Well Booster Compressor, Combined Heat and Power, Inc.
  • Low Cost Downhole Power Generator for Downhole Gauges in Plunger Lift Wells, Tubel Technologies
  • New Class of Novel Paraffin Inhibitors, RTA Systems, Inc.
  • Re-fit 2 Stripper Wells of Existing Large Diameter or Open Hole Completion, One with 3" ID Spoolable Non-Metallic Tubing, Transition Connections, Variable Diameter Seal Cups and Modified G.O.A.L. Casing Swab & Other with 3" ID Steel Casing to Automatically Lift Fluids, Brandywine Energy and Development Company
  • Demonstration of a Low Cost 2-Tower Micro Scale N2 Rejection System to Upgrade Low-BTU Gas from Stripper Wells, University of Kansas Center for Research
  • Best Practices Guide: Reducing Produced Water in Coalbed Natural Gas Fields, WellDog, Inc
  • Hybrid Casing Plunger for Multiple Zone Stripper Wells, PAAL LLC Casings Plungers
  • Stripper Well Characterization with Low-Cost Micro-Electronics Link Probe, Taylor University
  • Novel Low Rate, Electric Plunger Pump System, Impact Technologies LLC

Rocky Mountain Oilfield Testing Center Open HouseRocky Mountain Oilfield Testing Center Open House

Where: Casper, WY
When: August 20, 2007

The Stripper Well Consortium is organizing a tour of the Rocky Mountain Oilfield Testing Center (RMOTC), Casper. WY on August 20, 2007. The field test site is a 10,000-acre operating oil field offering a complement of facilities and equipment on-site. There are ~1,200 well bores and ~600 producing wells, in nine producing reservoirs ranging in depth from 500 ft. to 5000 ft. A morning tour of the testing facilities is planned followed by an afternoon meeting at the Parkway Plaza Hotel in Casper with an opportunity learn more on technologies from the SWC and to meet with RMOTC Project Engineers to determine if RMOTC can meet your testing requirements and to learn. This meeting is prior to the Annual Meeting of the Petroleum Association of Wyoming (PAW). The SWC has invited the PAW to join the open house and reception on Monday, August 20. If you have questions, contact: <>. The registration deadline to attend the meeting is August 14, 2007. Registration is required to attend the meeting. For hotel information and to register, please visit the SWC website at:

Please note, this meeting is just one of several meetings the SWC is organizing. We will be having the 2007 SWC Fall Meeting for the northeastern U.S. at the Stonewall Jackson Resort, Roanoke, WV on September 20, 2007. The 2007 SWC Fall Meeting for the southwestern U.S. will be at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, Wichita, KS on October 30, 2007.

 2007 SWC Fall Meeting, Roanoke, WV (September 20, 2007)2007 SWC Fall Meeting, Roanoke, WV

The 2007 SWC Fall Meeting for the northeastern US will be held at the Stonewall Jackson Resort, Roanoke, WV on Thursday, September 20, 2007. Technical reports from selected 2005 and 2006 projects will be heard. An evening reception is planned for September 19th. This meeting is still in the planning stages and more details will follow.

Oklahoma Oil & Gas Trade Expo (October 18, 2007)

The SWC will participate in the upcoming 2007 Oklahoma Marginal Well Commission's Oil and Gas Trade Expo on October 18, 2007 at the Oklahoma State Fairgrounds, Oklahoma City, OK. For more details on the Expo, visit the website:

2007 SWC Fall Meeting, Wichita, KS (October 30, 2007)

The 2007 SWC Fall Meeting for the southwestern US will be held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, Wichita, KS on Tuesday, October 30, 2007. Technical reports from selected 2005 and 2006 projects will be heard. An evening reception is being planned for October 29th. This meeting is still in the planning stages and more details will follow.

 New Members

The SWC welcomes the following new members for 2007.

  • American Energies Corp., Wichita, KS
  • American Refining Group, Canton, OH
  • Combined Heat & Power, East Aurora, NY
  • GlobaLogix, Houston, TX
  • Greensburg Oil LLC, Campbellsville, KY
  • Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission (IOGCC), Oklahoma City, OK
  • Margo Operating Co., Tulsa, OK
  • PA Independent Petro Producers (PIPP), Franklin, PA
  • PA Oil and Gas Assoc. (POGAM), Bainbridge, PA
  • Phillips Production Co., Warrendale, PA
  • RTA Systems, Bartlesville, OK
  • Superior Well Services, Indiana, PA
  • Taylor University, Upland, IN

28th Annual Telly Award28th Annual Telly Award

The SWC documentary video, “Independent Oil: Rediscovering America’s Forgotten Wells,” was awarded a bronze award at the 28th Annual Telly Awards for 2007. The Telly Awards honor the best local, regional, and cable television commercials and programs, as well as video and film productions. The 28th Annual Telly Awards received over 14,000 entries from all 50 states and 5 continents. Copies of this video are available by contacting the SWC <>.

 Personal Digital Assistant Software Training Offered

The Oklahoma Marginal Well Commission recently offered four workshops from the 2006 SWC sponsored project, Personal Digital Assistant (PDA) Software Program. The workshops were offered at different locations throughout Oklahoma to instruct users on the program's capabilities. This PDA program for small producing companies was designed by Mr. Josh Cook, Cook Contracting LLC to give small producers the opportunity for their pumper/well tenders to gather basic information in the field and record the data into the handheld device. The information can then be transferred onto an office computer. The information can show a history of a well's production in different forms. It also gives the pumper/well tender the capability of sending the information via an e-mail to the operator, who can store the data into an archive, have daily production records, and detect production problems. The program is capable of storing basic format information, such as: volume of production in feet and inches, equipment on site, chemicals, meter readings, pressure readings, gauge measurements, and several note fields. The program can also perform simple calculations, such as Bbl./in. tank volume conversion, gas volume and strokes per minute. The objective of the program is to increase the production and/or enhance the collection of field data in a more efficient, cost effective manner. Information on this program is available by contacting the MWC:

GasTIPS Articles

Two SWC sponsored projects appeared in the NETL GasTIPS magazine An article entitled “Uncovering Bypassed Pay in Central Oklahoma Using Statistical Analysis” on a study to develop a methodology to identify behind-pipe pay zones in various Brownfield along the Nemaha Ridge in central Oklahoma, appeared in GasTIPS, volume 13, no. 1, pp. 2-5, 2007.
A second article, “Oklahoma Commission on Marginally Producing Oil and Gas Wells, by Regina Finney, OK Marginal Well Commission, appeared in GasTIPS, volume 13, no. 1, pp. 18-20, 2007. This project is funded by the SWC to provide a better data collection and reporting system for small producers while in the field.

To learn more about the SWC, please contact:
Mr. Joel Morrison (814) 865-4802 or Ms. Sharon Elder (814) 865-9802 or e-mail us at

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