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E-460 - Artificial Lift: Pumping

  • E&P professionals involved in operating wells using rod or centrifugal pumping
  • To provide a comprehensive, practical knowledge of rod and centrifugal pumping concepts, design, operations, and potential problems
Learning Objectives
  • To choose the most-suited pumping method
  • To analyze operating conditions
  • To improve well performance and manage equipment lifetime
Ways and means
  • Exercises on equipment calculation
Kindly refer to the following complementary course which might be of interest: “Artificial Lift: Gas Lift” (E-459)

Why artificial lift? 0.5 day
  • Main parameters relative to reservoir and well performance curve: inflow and outflow
  • Need for artificial lift
Sucker rod pumping 1.5 days
  • Principle, field of application, crucial parameters
  • Main specific equipment: surface Pumping Units (PU), downhole pumps, rodstring
  • Operating procedures and troubleshooting
  • Example of rodstring load calculation
Electrical Submersible centrifugal Pumping (ESP) 2.5 days
  • Principle, field of application
  • Main specific pieces of equipment: pump, seal section/protector, electric motor selection, Variable Speed Drive (VSD) interaction
  • Operating procedures and troubleshooting (including PROSPER™ methodology)
  • Example of design
  • Base case: oil “without problems”
  • Specific cases: gassy oil well, ESP with VSD
Other methods and process selection 0.5 day
  • Overview of other methods (hydraulic pumps, jet pumps, Progressive Cavity Pumps [PCP]): principle, fields of operation
  • Artificial lift methods comparison, benefits and limitations