Electrical Submersible Pumps - ESP

Discipline: Production and Completions Engineering
Level: Intermediate
Instructors who teach this course:
  • Mr. Michael R. Berry
  • Dr. James F. Lea
  • Mr. Kenneth J Saveth


Related courses
Artificial Lift Systems - ALS
Gas Lift - GLI
Gas Well Deliquification - GWD
About the course Designed For You will learn Course Content
About the course
ESPs are one of the higher volume methods of lift. ESPs have advantages over some other high volume methods since they can create a higher drawdown on the formation and achieve more production, if problems such as gas interference and sand production can be solved. This course will allow the user to become familiar with the ESP system and when it should be used. All components will be described in detail. Design and analysis problems will be done using advanced computer programs. Some films will be shown mostly illustrating installation, operation, and removal of failed equipment, new products, and best practices. Problems will be solved and discussed by the class members each day. Discussion is encouraged concerning experiences of successes and failures. Problems addressing solids, gas handling and viscosity are addressed. Best practices are stressed throughout so a long lasting system can be developed for maximum profit. SCADA controls and VSDs are discussed. The attendee will learn the function of the various components, and the concerns about installation, operation, and removal of failed equipment. The participant will be able to evaluate the design a system for current and future conditions, analyze an installed system, and many other operational concerns of the ESP system. New developments are added to the course as they become available to the industry. Although the course contains use of advanced computer programs for design and analysis, much of the material is devoted to best practices, which is usable by both engineers and technicians. Deviation is not such a problem with ESPs but is discussed nonetheless. One personal computer is provided, at additional cost, for each two participants.
Designed For
Engineers and field technicians who are responsible for the selection, operation, and maintenance of ESP.
You will learn
How To:
  • Maximize oil production using ESP systems
  • Identify components of the ESP system
  • Design and analyze a system using up to date computer programs
  • Implement best practices for longer system life
  • Improve power efficiency of the system
  • Combat gas, solids, corrosion, and viscosity in the produced fluids
  • Compare to other artificial lift methods
Course Content
  • Introduction to artificial lift and electrical submersible pumping
  • Introduction for reservoir and production considerations
  • Description of all components of the electrical submersible system starting at the surface to the pump; transformers; controllers/VSD; wellhead; tubing cable; cable guards; motor lead cable; pump; intake/gas separator; equalizer/protector; motor; instrumentation
  • Installation considerations and cautions
  • Design of an ESP system to fit current and future well conditions
  • Operation of a given design
  • Analysis of an ESP system using diagnostics from installed instrumentation and using diagnostic computer programs
  • Removal of failed equipment
  • Controls for ESP systems including variable speed drives
  • ESP instrumentation available in the industry
  • Failure analysis
  • Data keeping
  • Maintenance and monitoring