Beam Pumps - BP

Discipline: Production and Completions Engineering
Level: Intermediate
Instructors who teach this course:
  • Dr. James F. Lea


  • About the course
  • Designed For
  • You will learn
  • Course Content
This course will allow the user to become familiar with the beam pump system and when it should be used. It has been said that beam pumping is the most economical form of artificial lift and should be used when it is economically possible. It is the most common form of lift compared to ESP/ Gas Lift/ Hydraulic/ PCP pumps. All components will be described in detail including the prime mover, belts/ sheaves/ gear box, PRs, wellhead/ stuffing box, sucker rods/ sinker bars and downhole pumps. Design and analysis will be done using industry computer software. Films will be shown mostly illustrating either new products or best practices. A few problems will be solved by class participants each day.

Comparisons will be made with other systems to select the best system for a given well, whether it may be beam pumping or another method of lift; example problems will also be shown throughout the class. Problems addressing solids, gas handling, and viscosity are addressed. Best practices are stressed throughout so that a long lasting system can be developed for maximum profit. New material will also be presented on beam pumps and rod protection in horizontal wells, placement of pump, deviation surveys, and performance of gas separators. New methods of deepening the point of intake for horizontal and unconventional wells are presented with field cases. One personal computer is provided, at additional cost, for every two participants.
Engineers and field technicians who are responsible for the selection, operation, and maintenance of beam pumping systems
How To:
  • Design for best efficiency, economical optimum production, longer life between failures, best energy efficiency and safe operations considering field constraints
  • Maintenance and monitor using POC's (on/off and VSD types)
  • Identify components of the system and select optional components for best operation characteristics
  • Design and analyze a system using computer software
  • Monitor with SCADA systems
  • Apply best practices for longer system life
  • Reservoir considerations
  • Overview of artificial lift
  • Design and analysis of the beam pump system
  • Prime mover
  • Belts
  • Sheaves
  • Gear box
  • Unit
  • Polished rod
  • Wellhead/stuffing box
  • Rods
  • Pump
  • Tubing
  • Artificial lift efficiency
  • Heavy oil considerations
  • Gas separation/handling
  • Best practices for operation
  • Component design
  • System analysis
  • Pump off controllers