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Electric Submersible Pumps - Advanced

The Electric Submersible Pump System (ESP) is considered an effective and economical means of lifting large volume of fluids from great depths under a variety of well conditions. Over the years, the ESP companies, in conjunction with the major oil companies, have gained considerable experience in producing high viscosity fluids, gassy wells, high temperature wells, etc. With this experience and improved technology, wells that were once considered non-feasible for submersibles are now being pumped economically. This course is designed to provide recommendations for designing ESP systems for special applications including gassy wells, production of fluids with solids, viscous oil, dual completions, Ytool applications, shrouded motors, production through the annular, high temperature and recirculation. Pump curves (Head vs. Flowrate) for several pump speeds are generated in class as an exercise.

Course Objectives: Provide in depth knowledge of the advantages and limitations of the Electric Submersible Pumps used in aggressive environment applications. Participants will learn well optimization and troubleshooting.

Oil Well Laboratory

"The Oil Well Laboratory, used in this course, is a physical simulator designed to enhance the learning process. The apparatus is an "oil" well physical simulator of a small scale. It uses water and air in place of oil and gas, allowing to perform and demonstrate most of the normal operations in a real well."

Day 1
  • Review of Reservoir Performance
  • Productivity Index – Darcy Exercise
  • Vogel Exercise
  • Centrifugal Pump Explanation
  • Applications: Standard and Non-Standard
  • Equipment Selection - Exercise
Day 2
  • Affinity Laws & Nodal Analysis 4.1. Exercise
  • Amperimetric Charts
  • Design of High Gas Application - Exercise
Day 3
  • ESP Design for Highly Deviated Wells
  • Viscous Fluids Application
  • Production of Abrasive Fluids
Day 4
  • New Technologies
  • CrossFlow
  • ESP – TCP – Ytool
  • Hybrid ESP – Gas Lift Application
  • Recirculation System
Day 5
  • Troubleshooting
  • Evaluation of Specific Cases Using Appropriate Software (DesignPro, Prosper, SubPump, etc.)
  • Equipment Handling
  • Introduction to ESP Failure Analysis
Learning activity mix

Production Engineers, technologists, people who are involved in Production Optimization. Specificaly people who want to gain more knowledge about ESP.

Participants should be familiar with basic Production Engineering, have some field experience in Production. Also participants should have taken the Electric Submersible Pumps Application Engineering course or field experience using ESPs.

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