UK-based Zilift and Australian downhole specialist Auscoil have agreed to join forces to offer their services to the Australian Coal Seam Gas (CSG) industry.

Zilift is a leading developer of permanent magnet technologies for innovative artificial lift applications for the energy sector, while Auscoil –  which has offices in Brisbane and Toowoomba – provides a wide range of well intervention, production enhancement, innovative dewatering and completion services for CSG.

The two businesses have been collaborating for the past year with their work resulting in a coiled tubing deployment of a TorqueDrive – an electric submersible progressing cavity pump operating under live well conditions.

Jamie Cochran, Zilift’s TorqueDrive director, said the utilisation is an industry first for Queensland’s CSG sector.

“This new method of completion, CoilDrive is free from rod strings, completion rigs and kill fluids and has the potential to revolutionise artificial lift processes for CSG in the region, and beyond.

“Combining the benefits of Zilift’s magnetic gear technology and downhole drives with the advantages of live well coiled tubing deployment presents a number of unique and exciting opportunities,” Mr Cochran said.