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Hart Energy's 2023 Meritorious Awards for Engineering Innovation Awarded

CNX honored in Hart Energy’s 2023 Meritorious Awards for Engineering Innovation in the artificial lift category for work with AWS and Ambyint on plunger lifts.

HOUSTON, April 12, 2023 /PRNewswire/ -- Hart Energy editorial staff will announce the recipients of the 2023 Meritorious Awards for Engineering (MEA) Innovation in an April E&P e-newsletter and in Hart Energy's flagship Oil and Gas Investor magazine. MEA honors engineering excellence in 17 categories across the upstream energy industry and recognizes new products and technologies that demonstrate innovation in concept, design and application.

"E&P has consistently honored outstanding technical innovation that enables the industry to overcome massive challenges," said Jordan Blum, Editorial Director of Hart Energy. "We are thrilled to announce this year's top award recipients whose engineering developments are making tremendous impacts across the energy sector."

The expert panel of judges included engineers and scientists from operating and consulting companies around the globe. MEA entries are judged on their game-changing significance – both technically and economically. Judges were recused from categories in which they or their companies have a business interest.

The 2023 Honorees:

  • Artificial Lift: InfinityPL; Ambyint + AWS with CNX Resources
  • Carbon Management: Canrig nanO2 Fuel Enhancer; Nabors Industries
  • Digital Oil Field: Neuro Autonomous Solutions; SLB
  • Drill Bits: Aegis 3D-printed Armor; SLB
  • Drilling Fluids/Stimulation: AquaShear Drilling Fluids Mixer; Johnson Specialty Tools
  • Drilling Systems: GeoSphere 360; SLB
  • Exploration/Geoscience: BlendSeis: Advanced Seismic Data Acquisition; Saudi Aramco
  • Floating Systems and Rigs: MPD-Ready Jack-Up Riser; Oil States Industries
  • Formation Evaluation: StrataStar® Deep Azimuthal Resistivity Service; Halliburton
  • HSE: Digital Gas Monitoring Ecosystem; Shepherd Safety Systems
  • Hydraulic Fracturing/Pressure: ClearVisionEV
  • IOR/EOR/Remediation: Welltec Puncher 218; Welltec
  • Machine Learning and AI: LOGIX® Autonomous Drilling Platform's Auto Steer Module; Halliburton
  • Non-Fracturing Completions: Fuzion®-EH electro-hydraulic downhole wet-mate connector; Halliburton
  • Onshore Rigs: FlexRig Flex3 Walking Rig Million Pound Mast; Helmerich & Payne
  • Subsea Systems: REACH Wireline-retrievable Safety Valve; Baker Hughes
  • Water Management: Zero Liquid Discharge (ZLD) Produced Water Management Project; Saudi Aramco


Deeper Look

Artificial Lift: InfinityPL; Ambyint + AWS with CNX Resources

Category: Artificial Lift

Product: InfinityPL

Company: Ambyint + AWS with CNX Resources

Meet Ambyint's Plunger Lift Optimization - Ambyint
Amplify captures high-frequency, stroke-based data that enables Ambyint to detect and predict gas leaks and calculate fillage.

Ambyint’s InfinityPL, which runs on Amazon Web Services (AWS), helps increase production in wells. The data-driven, cloud-based solution combines advanced physics and subject matter expertise with artificial intelligence (AI) to automate operations and production optimization workflows.

The platform helps operators find setpoints likely to increase productivity and avoid unnecessary downtime across all types of artificial lift, including electric submersible pumps (ESP), plunger lift, rod lift and gas lift. While plunger lift systems are mechanically simple, they produce vast amounts of data that can be leveraged to optimize performance. Data analysis required to uncover insights can be time-consuming and manual. 

CNX Resources sought to optimize production and reduce the number of liquid loading events across its horizontal Marcellus Shale plunger lift wells. The CNX operations team vented wells regularly to remediate liquid loading, which led to increased emissions and reduced productivity and efficiency. To overcome these challenges, CNX worked with Ambyint and AWS to deploy a solution that optimized well productivity through improved analytics and autonomous management.

Ambyint deployed InfinityPL to CNX’s plunger lift wells, leveraging the AWS cloud environment for data integrations with CNX’s existing SCADA and production accounting systems. Through automation and proactive management, CNX was able to improve well stability, which led to opportunities for performance optimization, and a reduction in venting events and greenhouse-gas emissions by 48%

Predictive maintenance and autonomous management of control system settings also resulted in a 4% increase in gas production. Based on the success of the 26 pilot wells, CNX expanded the work to an additional 120 wells.


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