Artificial Lift Systems– ALS
This course blends lecture, hands-on exercises, and seminar
teaching styles to enhance learning. Participants work with software that allows
them to design and analyse 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.
• 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.
Engineers, technicians, field supervisors, and others who
select, design, install, evaluate, or
operate artificial lift systems.
Ø Overview of artificial lift technology
Ø Criteria for selection of artificial lift system
Ø Reservoir performance: inflow and outflow relationships
Ø Artificial lift screening
Ø Introduction to rod pumping, gas lift, and ESP systems
Ø Rod-pump design: pumping unit, rods, pump, prime movers, gas anchor, pump-off controls
Ø Gas lift design: mandrels, valves, injection gas requirements, temperature, chokes, spacing,
Ø equilibrium curve, continuous flow design
Ø ESP design: pump performance curves, pump intake curves, typical problems, installation, and troubleshooting
Ø Best practices for installation and maintenance
Ø Economic analysis
Seminar style sections with blended lectures and real life application
Timing: daily 09:00 – 14:00