Artificial lift solutions manufacturer and services provider
Today, we go by the name of PCM Artificial Lift Solutions. This is in recognition of our customer’s needs, who expect expertise in our people, products and services. When you work with us, then you are working directly with over 85 years of pump design, elastomer development, pump manufacturing, service and innovation. Working in over 35 countries, PCM Artificial Lift Solutions provides PCP pumping solutions, EVERY DAY.
Our Mission is “to understand our customers’ demands, provide the best performance control tools and offer the most appropriate and cost effective PCP solution”.
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Alex Damnjanovic Oil and Gas Business Unit Director
Graduated with a bachelor and an MBA in engineering, Alex has spent the last 20 years in the energy business, with 10 of those with Kudu Industries (Canada), where he held the positions of Vice President Sales and Marketing and most recently Chief Operating Officer. Alex has joined PCM early 2019 as Oil &Gas Director.
PCM story since 85 years
Founded in 1932 by René Moineau, the inventor of the Progressing Cavity Pump (PCP), PCM has been offering high quality, cost effective fluid handling solutions to our customers for over 85 years.
Starting in oil and gas in the early 80’s, the French Petroleum Institute collaborated with PCM to develop a pump specific to the petroleum industry. The challenge was making longer pumps for higher-pressure ratings and a new elastomer compatible with downhole well conditions. New machining and injection tools were developed. Next was the challenge on how to drive these new pumps. In Russia, PCM collaborated on the first ESPCP systems. In France, PCM was working with Total on a rod driven system.
By the late 80’s, PCM was ready for the market. The 90’s saw significant growth of PCP completions in heavy oil and of PCM worldwide marketing. Partnerships were developed in Canada, Venezuela and Argentina. One of those partnerships was with Kudu Industries from Calgary. Canada has since developed into a major PCP user market in the world, with thousands of wells across Alberta and Saskatchewan completed using PCM technology. In Venezuela and Argentina, PCM pumps were successfully installed in challenging new wells, pushing the envelope of PCP use. PCM ranked number one for pump performance in the Orinoco heavy oil belt.
The 2000’s saw further expansion in West Africa, Asia and the Middle East. With expansion came new challenges. Customers were demanding better services to manage pump performance and run life. PCM made the decision to go direct to the customer and opened 15 new pump service centers. Working alongside our customers, PCM competencies in pump selection, operation and maintenance have pushed the PCP operating envelope again. A good example is in Oman, where PCM teams work closely managing operations, training and HSE parameters directly with the client.
Over the last two decades, PCM has continued to innovate, bringing new PCP technologies to the market. PCM improved and developed new elastomers specific to well applications. PCM Vulcain™ and HRPCP are patented new technologies providing pumping solutions for thermal and high GOR challenges. Well applications have extended past the early days of heavy oil to include light oil, CSG/CBM and thermal plays. For example, in Australia PCM innovation and service has improved pump performance and run life for de-watering wells in gas production.