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ESP Systems Modelling with Prosper (BACPRE07LIC1)

  • 2 daysLicense period: 1 Month Course Fee: 230 EUR


This course covers the concepts and software application of ESP systems performance, equipment, design, operations and diagnosis. Our online courses offer you the expertise and variety of the traditional classroom, in your own time. Baobab – micro-learning for Petroleum Engineering. IChemE accredited course (14 CPD hours).

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Designed for you, if you are...

. . . anyone keen to specialise in applying the concepts of ESP systems with commercial well modelling software.

The benefits from attending

  • Describe the concepts of ESP operation and performance curves
  • Identify the key equipment components of an ESP system
  • Identify and explain the key factors, sensitivities and various methods of ESP design
  • Explain the shape of ESP outflow (VLP) curves and the influence of key sensitivities
  • Discuss and apply the principles of ESP diagnosis and runlife optimisation
  • Perform a complete ESP design, run sensitivities and export lift curves (Prosper)
  • Diagnose and troubleshoot ESP well performance and operation using the "quicklook" utility (Prosper)


1. ESP systems overview
  • Electric submersible pump (ESP) overview
  • Electric submersible pumps (ESPs) - background and key concepts
  • ESP performance fundamentals - head and dP pump (part 1)
  • ESP performance fundamentals - head and dP pump (part 2)
  • ESP pump performance curves (part 1)
  • ESP pump performance curves (part 2)
  • ESP pump performance curves (part 3)
  • ESP pump naming conventions
  • ESP pump curve calculations (oilfield units)
  • QUIZ - ESP concepts and operation

2. ESP equipment
  • ESP system components
  • ESP impeller types
  • ESP equipment overview (pump section)
  • ESP equipment overview (seal, motor and cables)
  • ESP electrical system overview
  • ESP motor performance curves and affinity laws

3. ESP design and operation
  • ESP design overview
  • ESP design (alternative calculation method)
  • ESP design (equipment selection)
  • ESP design (limitations and effect of setting depth)
  • ESP design (well or system curve)
  • ESP lift curves (VLPs)
  • ESP operations (drawdown control on start up)
  • QUIZ - ESP equipment and design

4. Practical workshop: ESP design
  • ESP design (part 1) – database and pump performance curves (Prosper)
  • ESP design (part 2) – input data and calculations (Prosper)
  • ESP design (part 3) – initial pump, motor and cable selection (Prosper)
  • ESP design (part 4) – optimising the pump design flowrate (Prosper)
  • ESP design (part 5) – effect of ESP setting depth (Prosper)

5. Practical workshop: ESP sensitivities
  • Exporting ESP lift curves (Prosper)
  • Running ESP sensitivities – Part 1 (Prosper)
  • Running ESP sensitivities – Part 2 (Prosper)
  • ESP design and sensitivities - workflow summary (Prosper)

6. ESP systems diagnosis & troubleshooting
  • ESP diagnosis principles (introduction)
  • ESP diagnosis principles (monitored variables and key points)
  • ESP diagnosis (case history 1)
  • ESP diagnosis (case history 2)

7. ESP systems control and optimisation
  • ESP control (alarms and trips)
  • ESP runlife optimisation
  • QUIZ - ESP operations and diagnosis

8. Practical workshop: ESP diagnosis
  • ESP performance analysis (Prosper)
  • Adding an ESP pump to the database (Prosper)
  • ESP well diagnosis (Prosper)

9. Final course examination
  • EXAM - ESP Systems

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