N474 Artificial Lift Technology for Multi-Well Pads in Unconventional Plays

Course Facts

Course Code:
3 days
2.4 Continuing Education Units
24 Professional Development Hours
Certificate Issued Upon Completion


This course provides participants a basic to skilled application level working knowledge of artificial lift and related production issues for multi-well pads in unconventional and tight resource plays. Production optimization is also discussed, particularly real-time measurements and optimization techniques that are required to understand and manage the dynamic production scenarios. Besides the basics of artificial lift and real-time measurements, the training focuses on specific production and lift challenges related to the unconventional wells.

Duration and Training Method

This three-day classroom course includes lectures with discussion of case studies, worked examples, hands-on exercises, pre- and post-training self-assessment, and a group exercise.

Participants will learn to:

  1. Formulate a problem statement and solution plans for production from unconventional and tight resource plays
  2. Compare, contrast, and categorize various forms of artificial lift systems
  3. Analyze the need for artificial lift systems in unconventional plays
  4. Differentiate production and artificial lift challenges in unconventional from conventional assets
  5. Assess the strengths and weaknesses of artificial lift methods in unconventional plays
  6. Contrast artificial lift needs of liquid-dominated plays versus gas-dominated production
  7. Understand the impact of artificial lift on the development of multi-well pads
  8. Learn about advances in real-time approaches to the production monitoring and lift management
  9. Estimate life cycle plans for artificial lift in unconventional plays

Daily Agenda

Day 1:

  • Pre-test
  • Introduction to artificial lift systems & production optimization: What? Why? How?
  • Production challenges specific to shale development
  • Continuous gas-lift: Applications, benefits/limitations, components, design considerations
  • Electrical submersible pumping: Applications, benefits/limitations, components, design considerations
  • Hydraulic jet and piston pump

Day 2:

  • Reciprocating rod lift: Applications, benefits/limitations, components, design considerations
  • Capillary injection: Application for lift and chemical treatment, components, design considerations
  • Plunger lift: Gas well deliquification, components, design considerations
  • Selection of artificial lift for shale wells
    • Variables specific to shale well ALS selection
    • Strengths & weaknesses of applicable lift systems
    • Impact of lift selection on the development of multi-well pads – particularly surface facilities impact

Day 3:

  • Selection of artificial lift for shale wells (cont.)
    • Lift life cycle and elimination process
    • Application case studies in oil and gas wells
    • Brief economic comparison of artificial lift methods
  • Digital oil field and production optimization
    • Real-time downhole and surface measurements
    • Role of software in visualization, analysis and surveillance
  • Group exercise: Lift selection aspects in multi-well pads in resource plays


Who should attend

This course is designed for:

  • Junior- to mid-level production personnel who are responsible for shale fields development and production using artificial lift.
  • Reservoir, completion, drilling, and facilities engineers working on shale development.
  • Field and asset supervisors and managers interested in improving the performance of their unconventional assets.

Prerequisites and linking courses

There are no prerequisites, but a basic understanding of petroleum production concepts is assumed.

Other courses with a complementary focus include N313 (Evaluating Resource Plays: The Geology and Engineering of Low Permeability Oil and Gas Reservoirs), N986 (Reservoir and Production Engineering of Resource Plays), N957 (Forecasting Production and Estimating Reserves in Unconventional Reservoirs), N973 (Reservoir Engineering for Unconventional Gas and Tight Oil Reservoirs), and N406 (Unconventional Resource Assessment and Valuation). 

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Rajan Chokshi

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