Artificial Lift Systems - ALS

Discipline: Production and Completions Engineering
Level: Foundation
Instructors who teach this course:
  • Dr. Shari Dunn-Norman
  • Dr. James F. Lea
  • Mr. John Martinez
  • Mr. Manickavasakan Nadar


Related courses
Production Operations 1 - PO1
Gas Lift - GLI
Electrical Submersible Pumps - ESP
Gas Well Deliquification - GWD
About the course Designed For You will learn Course Content
About the course
This course blends lecture, hands-on exercises, and seminar teaching styles to enhance learning. Participants work with software that allows them to design and analyze artificial lift designs, which should improve performance and result in higher production rates and/or reduced operating costs. Participants learn how to design and troubleshoot rod pumping, continuous gas lift, and electric submersible pump systems. Other methods such as PCP, plunger lift, jet pump, hydraulic pump, and intermittent gas lift will also be addressed. Participants gain experience in solving problems by hand and also by using advanced computer programs. Troubleshooting is an important part of artificial lift operations and several typical surveillance problems are solved. The class includes pictures and videos of the most important equipment components being applied. With increased prices, more emphasis is placed on techniques to maximize production. New developments at various stages of application are also covered. Effect of horizontal wells and deviation for all methods are discussed. One personal computer is provided, at added cost, for every two participants.
Designed For
Engineers, technicians, field supervisors, and others who select, design, install, evaluate, or operate artificial lift systems.
You will learn
How to:
  • 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 environments
Course Content
  • Overview of artificial lift technology
  • Criteria for selection of artificial lift system
  • Reservoir performance: inflow and outflow relationships
  • Artificial lift screening
  • Introduction to rod-pumping, gas lift, and ESP systems
  • Rod-pump design: pumping unit, rods, pump, prime movers, gas anchor, pump-off controls
  • Gas lift design: mandrels, valves, injection gas requirements, temperature, chokes, spacing, equilibrium curve, continuous flow design
  • ESP design: pump performance curves, pump intake curves, typical problems, installation, troubleshooting
  • Best practices for installation and maintenance
  • Economic analysis