Artificial Lift and Production Optimization Solutions for Offshore Wells

Course Overview
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This two-day course will look at the key Artificial Lift (AL) applications and methods commonly applied in offshore operations. System back-pressure reduction and stabilization; gas-lift; ESPs; jet pumps; plunger lift; reservoir pressure maintenance will be addressed. Some other boutique lift systems and downhole dewatering concepts, that for various reasons have not yet made it to the main stream, will also be discussed. The primary focus will be on the production enhancement and optimization opportunities, however, the completions, well servicing and facility requirements will also be addressed. Optimization opportunities and system constraints will be considered at the well, production station and field levels. Group problem solving and design exercises provide an opportunity to practice project team organization, participation, facilitation and presentation skills. The class discussions will be an opportunity to share and get input on actual field examples and/or broaden exposure by leveraging the experience of other participants. Best suited for production engineers or technologists; professionals wanting to understand the operator's perspectives; production and data management staff; and reservoir, well, and facility engineers looking to be cross-trained.

A complete set of course materials and lunches are included.

All scheduled event(s) for this short course:
Date: TBA
Course Outline
  • Overview of IPR and VLP concepts for oil and gas wells
  • Introduction to Artificial Lift concepts and limitations and mitigation options
  • Gas-lift System Performance Problems and single well optimization
  • Application of ESPs in offshore operations
  • Hydraulic Jet Pumps, Plunger-lift and other lift methods
  • Benefits and challenges in building an Integrated Production Model (IPM)
  • Discussion of class examples; reference books and software packages

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Bob Pearson is a subsurface advisor to oil and gas companies and investors. He is a former SPE Distinguished Lecturer on Optimized Gas-well Completions and Operations. From 1970 to 1980, Bob Pearson worked for Shell International in S.E. Asia and The North Sea. He then moved to Petro-Canada (now Suncor) in Calgary. Since 1983, he has worked as a consultant, through RPS Energy and a predecessor company (APA Petroleum Engineering, which he co-founded). In 2012, he co-founded Tactical Gas Services Pty. Ltd., a consulting firm providing advisory services on Unconventional Gas Exploration and Development in Australia and the Asia Pacific Region. He has a BSc. (Hons) in Mining Engineering from the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne; and is a register Professional Engineer in Queensland; Australia; and Alberta. He has been an active member of SPE since 1975.

Training Venue

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