Design and Optimization of Artificial Lift Systems


This course is designed to provide an in-depth exposure to artificial lift design-theory
and practice, especially for Continuous Flow Gas Lift and Electrical Submersible Pump
(ESP). The course can also be modified for a five day exclusive ESP Training program
with hands-on problem solving using the Software called SubPUMP. In either case,
an adequate number of class problems are solved in the class workshops. Problem
scenarios from the attendees are always welcome.

Learning Objectives

  • Understanding Production System and the role of artificial lift in production Optimization
  • Principles of Production optimization with gas lift and pumps such as ESP
  • Design, Analysis and trouble shooting of Continuous Flow Gas Lift Systems with description of Gas Lift Valves and valve performance
  • Design of ESP with detailed Pump, Motor, Cable and shroud designs; Controllers- VSD; Handling of Gas and solids
  • General Selection criteria for Artificial Lift systems and performance of artificial lift systems with production decline and increased water cut due to flood water or aquifer water break-through
  • Class problems on actual designs in a workshop environment with problems supplied by SPE or the attendee

Who Should Attend

Any engineer practicing Oil Well Production and Artificial Lift design, optimization and
troubleshooting- specially for Electrical Submersible Pump (ESP) and Continuous Flow
Gas Lift systems.


4.0 CEUs (Continuing Education Units) awarded for this 5-day course.

Cancellation Policy

To receive a full refund, all cancellations must be received in writing no later than 14 days prior to the course start date. Cancellations made after the 14-day window will not be refunded. Send cancellation requests by email to; by fax to +1.866.460.3032 (US) or +1.972.852.9292 (outside US); or mail to SPE Registration, PO Box 833836, Richardson, TX 75083.


Dr. Hemanta Mukherjee is the principal Consultant and President of iPoint LLC, with more than 40 years of experience in the areas of oil and gas well production and reservoir engineering. His company is an independent consulting company based in Westminster, Colorado, serving several oil and gas production and service companies. Dr. Mukherjee holds a BS degree in Petroleum Engineering from the Indian School of Mines in Dhanbad, India; and MS and PhD degrees in Petroleum Engineering from The University of Tulsa.

He retired from Schlumberger Oilfield Services in January 2005 as a Sr. Advisor, Production Enhancement and Well Performance Optimization. He served in four product lines of Schlumberger Oilfield Services and worked in the different regions of the world. He is a visiting professor of Production Engineering for the Imperial College, London for more than ten years, teaching the MSc Petroleum Engineering class.

Prior to joining Schlumberger, he spent two years as a research engineer in the reservoir simulation department of Gulf Science and Technology Company, Harmarville, Pittsburgh; four years as a Lecturer of Petroleum Engineering at the Indian School of Mines in Dhanbad, India; and three years as a Field Engineer (Production) with the Oil and Natural Gas Commission (O.N.G.C.), India. Dr. Mukherjee has authored numerous technical papers for reviewed journals in the areas of multiphase flow in pipes, well management, and well-bore hydraulics in reservoir simulation, gas lift and other artificial lift methods, design, diagnostics and troubleshooting of induced hydraulic fractures especially in the fissured formations. Dr. Mukherjee and Prof. James P. Brill co-authored the SPE Monograph Volume 17 on “Multiphase Flow in Wells ". He was an SPE Distinguished Lecturer in 1996-97, and received the SPE Production Engineering Award for the year 2000. He is an SPE Distinguished Member since 2004. He has also served on and chaired several SPE committees over the past 30 years.

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