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Introduction to High Temperature ESP Applications

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.  Experience gained over many years of ESP operation and the continuous evolution of technology have expanded the operational capabilities of ESPs. In particular, ESPs are widely used for the production of fluids from SAGD (Steam Assisted Gravity Drainage) well pairs and other applications that requires a reliable pumping system in high temperature wellbores.

This course is designed to provide an introduction to the ESP and its applications in high temperature environments. The specific functions of the ESP components are covered.  Basic Application Engineering principles, operating practices and troubleshooting are reviewed. Knowledge gained in the classroom is reinforced with practical demonstrations of the technology and components in the workshop by watching real equipment being assembled and tested.

Course Objectives: Provide theoretical and practical knowledge of the advantages and limitations of ESP systems in high temperature environments such as SAGD, CSS and Geothermal applications.

Day 1
  • Orientation & Introduction
  • Electrical Submersible Pump Overview
  • Pumps
    • Theory of centrifugal pump
    • Stage components, impeller & diffuser
    • Floater & Compression pumps
    • Metallurgy
    • Practical – pump assembly
  • Intakes & Gas Separators
    • Theory and Function
    • Difference between avoidance, separation and handling of free gas
    • Practical –intake components
  • Protectors
    • Theory and Function
    • Modular protectors, labyrinth & bag chambers
    • Shaft seals & thrust chambers
    • Development of the metal bellows
  • Motors and Power Cables
    • Theory and Function
    • Conductor, insulation, barrier, armour
    • Motor Lead Extension
    • Pothead Connections
    • Main Power Cables
  • Review and Discussion
Day 2
  • Review of Day One
  • High Temperature Technology
    • SAGD development
    • High Temperature ESPs for SAGD
    • Practical – workshop demo of integrated motor
  • Application Engineering– ESP Design
    • Basic ESP Sizing
    • Determining pump stage type and quantity
    • Software Tools
  • Variable Frequency Drives and Electrical Components
    • Workshop Demonstration
    • VSD theory of operation
    • Motor controller overview
  • Operation and Troubleshooting
    • Operational Data Trending and analysis
    • Identifying Problems
  • Dismantle Inspection & Failure Analysis (DIFA)
    • Why and When to Perform DIFA
    • Example Cases
  • Roundtable Discussion
Learning activity mix

This course is designed for engineers, field supervisors, operators and electricians involved in the application and operation of electric submersible pumps.

  • Introduction
  • Electrical Submersible Pump Overview
  • Component Review
    • Pump
    • Intakes & Gas Separators
    • Motor
    • Protector
    • Power Cables
    • Electrical Surface Equipment
  • High Temperature Technology
  • Application Engineering– ESP Design
  • Operation and Troubleshooting
  • Dismantle Inspection Failure Analysis (DIFA)

Students should have basic knowledge of Production Engineering, operator experience and/or field electrical experience.

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