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Advanced Artificial Lift Systems Design, Diagnosis and Troubleshooting (PRE36)

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This course covers the selection, design, diagnosis and troubleshooting of the major artificial lift methods (primarily ESPs and gas lift, although others will be considered) for both conventional and unconventional reservoirs. You will gain an appreciation of the key concepts involved in the analysis of artificial lift methods for challenging environments and a practical understanding of trend analysis and pattern recognition to solve operational problems. Well modelling software (Prosper) will be used by the instructor to illustrate design and troubleshooting techniques and applications with real field examples.

Course Duration: 4 days

Course Level: Skill / Advanced
Instructor: Alastair Baillie

Designed for you, if you are...

  • Petroleum engineering or field staff involved in the selection, design, operation or troubleshooting of artificial lift systems (for standard or unconventional reservoir applications, particularly in challenging environments (deep, hot, gassy wells etc.).

How we build your confidence

This course ensures that fundamental concepts of artificial lift systems are well explained and clearly understood before progressing to the application of these concepts in difficult or complex well conditions. A clear and logical workflow will be explained so that diagnosis and troubleshooting becomes easy. This technique means that participants have a solid foundation to build a deep understanding of artificial lift systems and the confidence to apply the principles learned in challenging situations.

The benefits from attending

By the end of the course you will feel confident in your understanding of:

  • Artificial lift methods, concepts of operation and equipment
  • Selection criteria for challenging well conditions
  • How to perform design procedures for artificial lift wells
  • How to recognise the correct data required for well analysis
  • Diagnosing and troubleshooting artificial lift well performance following a logical workflow
  • Optimising the artificial lift system for production and long term reliability


  • Recap of well and reservoir performance (fluid properties, outflow and inflow performance)
  • Use of pressure gradient plots for artificial lift well design and diagnosis
  • Review of artificial lift systems components and physics of operation
  • Special considerations for the application of artificial lift to unconventional reservoirs
  • Design, diagnosis and practical troubleshooting techniques for start-up and operation
  • Workshop sessions and tutorials covering building and matching of well models

Customer Feedback

"The instructor was very experienced and excellent. Focus on topics was great." - Sr. Engineer at ADCO

"Well organised, easy-to-understand style of presentation and examples." - Petroleum Engineer at ADCO




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