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Lifteck and Shell jointly develop artificial lift technology for oil and gas applications

Lifteck International, a Canadian pump company, has entered into a Joint Development Agreement (JDA) with Shell Canada to collaborate on development and commercialisation of Lifteck's patented gas drive pump (GDP) technology for artificial lift by harvesting reservoir energy.

The technology – originally developed and patented by Alberta Innovates Technology Futures and exclusively licensed to Lifteck – uses gas pressure in the reservoir (or low pressure surface gas) to drive liquids in a downhole configuration for artificial lift.

Under the terms of the JDA, Shell and Lifteck intend to conduct additional field trials of the GDP technology on Shell assets, collaborate on product development engineering and product testing, and provide data on those trials to Lifteck for use in developing and commercialising the GDP products.  

The launch of the GDP is the outgrowth of two years of collaboration and testing by Shell and Lifteck in the lab and in the field, including the first successful field trial of the technology, conducted by Shell in Canada.

‘We believe that our pumps will provide oil and gas companies with a unique low cost artificial lift solution for a wide range of applications including horizontal,’ says Lifteck CEO Serge Bonnet.

Michael Crothers, Shell's VP for unconventionals, calls the GDP an advancement in downhole pump technology, namely in its ability to resolve liquid loading issues in gas wells.

The JDA was structured by Shell Technology Ventures, the corporate venture capital arm of Royal Dutch Shell.