Progressing Cavity Pump Lifting Systems


Progressing Cavity Pumping Systems

Progressing cavity pump (PCP) systems are the preferred artificial-lift method in wells with high solids, heavy API oil, and high fluid volumes.

PCP systems use a rotor and stator system that, once turned, causes the cavities to progress upward and move fluid from the intake to the discharge end of the pump. The resulting continuous positive-displacement flow provides the highest volumetric efficiency of any conventional artificial-lift system. These systems are ideal for many environments such as heavy crude oil production, medium-to-light oil production, coalbed methane, and sand-laden, horizontal, slanted, and directional wellbores. 

Progressing Cavity Pumping look inside 3d model

We offer a broad selection of PCP pumps, drive heads, automation, and system configurations that are suited for a wide range of applications.

Our leak-free, low-profile, and small-footprint surface drive head systems are ideal for production environments with safety and environmental concerns. These systems use a proprietary centrifugal brake and application-specific elastomers that can produce from a diverse range of wellbore environments and prevent gas lock. 

Weatherford is the industry leader in artificial lift and we offer expertise in all types of PCP applications.

Our global network of experts provides the optimal system configuration, components, software, and services for your specific well conditions.

Progressing Cavity Pumping product view

The Weatherford insertable progressing cavity pump (I-PCP) system uses the rod string to install and remove the I-PCP unit from the well.

This eliminates the need to pull and rerun the production tubing, which greatly reduces the downtime and cost associated with the following interventions:

  • Replacing a failed I-PCP unit
  • Changing the PCP size or geometry
  • Retrieving the I-PCP unit to perform a downhole service operation
  • Switching to a different artificial-lift technology

We provide wellsite intelligence with our WellPilot® system, along with downhole sensors and surface instruments designed for PCP operations.

The WellPilot flow-control technology (FCT) system prevents rod overtorque and enables the well to be pumped at maximum rates without encountering damaging pump-off conditions. The system enables further pump optimization using Weatherford downhole pressure and temperature gauges placed at the pump intake and discharge areas.

We provide desktop intelligence through our WellFlo® and LOWIS™ software packages. WellFlo models, optimizes, and troubleshoots individual wells, which enables your pump to be modeled as installed and according to the unique characteristics of the well. LOWIS life-of-well information software uses well-testing data and other information from the controller, gauges, and more to monitor, analyze, and control PCP systems.

We help you evaluate PCP system efficiency, diagnose problems, and perform predictive analysis to realize the full potential of your wells. We provide solutions that correspond to each phase of the PCP optimization cycle including design, modeling, monitoring, control, and analysis.

Progressing Cavity Pumping equipment in field

High-Displacement PCP Model 190 Increases Well Oil Flow Rate By Up to 100%, Decreases Pump Speed By Up to 67%

Arrowhead Insertable PCP Expedites Change-Out

Arrowhead® Insertable Progressing Cavity Pump Eliminates Need for Workover Rig, Saves Service Time and Cost

Canada: Electronically Controlled Emission-Certified Engine Improves Fuel Efficiency, Reduces Toxic Emissions

Fat Boy PCP Model 52 Exceeds MTBF Rate by 400%, Saves $260,681 in Intervention Costs

Flexisert™ I-PCP Anchor Reduces Workover Costs by 68%, Restarts Wells to 1,400 BFPD

Flexisert™ Insertable Progressing Cavity Pump Anchor Reduces Well Workover Costs by Nearly 84%

Flexisert™ Insertable Progressing Cavity Pump Anchor Reduces Workover Cost by Nearly 80%

Hi-Per™ Elastomer Increases Progressing Cavity Pump Run-Life in

High-Displacement Progressing Cavity Pump Decreases Pump Speed By 10% While Increasing Flow Rate By 21% In An Offshore Well

Insert Progressing Cavity Pump Significantly Reduces Downtime, Rig Costs in Oman

Insertable Progressing Cavity Pump and Flexisert Anchor Reduce Intervention Costs By 46%, NPT By 71%

Metal Lock Progressing Cavity Pump Increases Run Life 500%...

Metal Lock™ Progressing Cavity Pump Increases Production by 10%, Reduces Energy Consumption More Than 80%

Model 28-1800 PCP Exceeds KPIs in Challenging Horizontal, Heavy-Oil Application

PCP Charge Pump Improves Gas Separation and Multiphase Volumetric Efficiency

PCP Model 16-3000 Operates Trouble-Free for 10 Years, Saves $57,251 in Intervention Costs

PCPs Reduce Annual Well Interventions by 69 Percent, Surpassing KPIs

PCPs in Heavy-Oil Wells Increases Overall Efficiency to 55%, Reduces Energy Consumption by 83% Compared to Previously Installed ESPs

Progressing Cavity Pumps Improve Energy Efficiency, Provide a 60% Overall Reduction in Power Consumption

Stainless Steel Progressing Cavity Pumps Improve Run Life By 584% On Average and Reduce Workovers In 9 Wells