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    Progressive Cavity Pumps - Application Engineering

    The Progressing Cavity Pumping System (PCP) is considered the faster growing artificial lift method in the last two decades. Its applications cover very low downhole pressure wells, solids handling and viscous oils. Actually the PCP companies have improved the reliability of the whole system including new elastomers development, better gas separation and optimization using surface controller. Because its minimum initial cost and operational flexibility, this is very suitable solution for heavy oil fields development.

    This course will allow the attendant to acquire a solid knowledge of PCP and its applications. It covers detailed description and function of each component of PCP system. Basis of reservoir inflow performance, artificial lift systems comparison, standard and special applications, system components, design, diagnosis, troubleshooting and optimization are described and discussed. A set of practical examples and problems are solved in class. Analysis and Troubleshooting of PCP are treated in a dedicated section of the course.

    Course Objectives: Provide theoretical and practical knowledge of the advantages and limitations of the Progressive Cavity with the purpose of develop the required skills to design, optimize and diagnose wells producing with this artificial lift method.

    Day 1

    Introduction. PCP Principles. Advantages and Limitations.

    Well Inflow Performance Relationships. Fluid properties. Exercises.

    Day 2

    Application Principles, Advantages and Limitations.

    Description of PCP Surface and Subsurface Equipment.

    Calculation Methods and Equipment Selection. Exercises.

    Day 3

    Surveillance of Progressing Cavity Pump components. Exercises.

    Maintenance of Progressing Cavity Pump components. Exercises.

    Day 4

    Failure Mechanism of PCP components. Exercises.
    Inspection procedures. Root Cause Analysis. Exercises.

    Day 5

    Analysis of Progressive Cavity Pumping Systems.

    Reporting and recommendations. Exercises.

    Run life of PCP Systems. Exercises.

    Production Engineers, technologists, people who are involved in Production Optimization. Specifically people who want to gain more knowledge about Progressive Cavity Pumping.

    Artificial Lift Overview

    Inflow Performance


    Surface Equipment

    Downhole Equipment



    Design – Exercise

    Students should be familiar with basic Production Engineering, have some field experience in Production and basic knowledge of artificial lift systems.

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