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Artificial Lift System& Optimization Technology

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The course will provide knowledge of Artificial Lift System. Review of fluid properties, multiphase flow regimes and all lifting methods: rod pumps, progressive cavity pumps (PCP), gas lift and electrical submersible pumps (ESP), Discussion of alternate deployments and multi-sensor applications for surveillance and optimization. Strategies and best practices for field production optimization are discussed. The effectiveness for NODAL systems analysis for lifting performance optimization is demonstrated. Five-day course format with presentations, discussions and hands-on exercises.

Course Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, the delegates will be able to:

  • Recognize the needs for artificial lift
  • Know all the used artificial lift systems worldwide
  • How to select the best system for each condition
  • All system components
  • Systems best applications, advantages and disadvantages
  • How to design A/L systems
  • Artificial lift systems completion selection and design
  • Systems Performance evaluation
  • Main problems and troubleshooting
  • System economics and running life
  • Use principles and content mentioned below to focus on maximizing oil production with artificial lift systems
  • Make basic PVT properties and inflow performance calculations related to artificial lift
  • Understand and apply multiphase tubing and pipe flow principles
  • Select the appropriate artificial lift system
  • Compare systems to determine which one is most economically feasible
  • Specify components and auxiliary equipment needed for each system
  • Know what best practices are available to extend the life of equipment and installed lift systems
  • Apply basic design and analysis concepts
  • Design system features that allow for gassy production, production with solids, viscous production, and for other harsh environme nts

Course Outline

Day 1


  • Well Inflow Performance relationship (IPR)
  • Basic PVT properties
  • Artificial lift theory and application
  • Artificial lift market
  • Artificial lift systems selection
  • Components and equipment needed for each system
  • Artificial lift well completion
  • Fluid Flow Fundamentals
  • Black Oil PVT
  • Inflow Performance Relationships
  • Nodal Analysis Technology

Day 2

  • Overview of Artificial Lift
  • Comparison of Artificial Lift Systems
  • Artificial Lift Analysis Using Measured Data
  • Artificial Lift Selection

Day 3


  • Surface and Subsurface Equipment
  • Power Requirements
  • Dynamometers and Troubleshooting
  • Optimization
  • Exercise for Designing a SRP System


  • Applications
  • Surface and Subsurface Equipment
  • Geometry of Downhole Pump
  • Fit (Interference), Viscosity, Slip
  • Elastomers
  • Power Requirement
  • Exercise for Designing a PCP System

Day 4


  • Applications, Design and Selection of ESP's
  • Surface Equipment
  • Subsurface Equipment
  • Installation and Operations
  • Exercise

Day 5


  • Principles of Gas Lift
  • Gas Lift Valves
  • Design and Operations
  • Intermittent vs. Continuous Systems
  • Exercise

Course Methodology

A variety of methodologies will be used during the course that includes:

  • (30%) Based on Case Studies
  • (30%) Techniques
  • (30%) Role Play
  • (10%) Concepts
  • Pre-test and Post-test
  • Variety of Learning Methods
  • Lectures
  • Case Studies and Self Questionaires
  • Group Work
  • Discussion
  • Presentation

Who should attend

This course is intended for engineers or geoscientists involved in wells surveillance, maximizing recovery or identifying production problems in artificially lifted wells. Technicians, Field Supervisors and others who select, design, install, evaluate, or operate artificial lift systems.


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