This course covers the selection, design, diagnosis and troubleshooting of the major artificial lift methods (primarily ESPs and gas lift, although others will be considered) for both conventional and unconventional reservoirs. You will gain an appreciation of the key concepts involved in the analysis of artificial lift methods for challenging environments and a practical understanding of trend analysis and pattern recognition to solve operational problems. Well modelling software (Prosper) will be used by the instructor to illustrate design and troubleshooting techniques and applications with real field examples.
Petroleum engineering or field staff involved in the selection, design, operation or troubleshooting of artificial lift systems (for standard or unconventional reservoir applications, particularly in challenging environments (deep, hot, gassy wells etc.).
How we build your confidence
This course ensures that fundamental concepts of artificial lift systems are well explained and clearly understood before progressing to the application of these concepts in difficult or complex well conditions. A clear and logical workflow will be explained so that diagnosis and troubleshooting becomes easy. This technique means that participants have a solid foundation to build a deep understanding of artificial lift systems and the confidence to apply the principles learned in challenging situations.
The benefits from attending
By the end of the course you will feel confident in your understanding of:
Artificial lift methods, concepts of operation and equipment
Selection criteria for challenging well conditions
How to perform design procedures for artificial lift wells
How to recognise the correct data required for well analysis
Diagnosing and troubleshooting artificial lift well performance following a logical workflow
Optimising the artificial lift system for production and long term reliability
Recap of well and reservoir performance (fluid properties, outflow and inflow performance)
Use of pressure gradient plots for artificial lift well design and diagnosis
Review of artificial lift systems components and physics of operation
Special considerations for the application of artificial lift to unconventional reservoirs
Design, diagnosis and practical troubleshooting techniques for start-up and operation
Workshop sessions and tutorials covering building and matching of well models