Improving Unconventional Well ESP Runlife and Application to All ESPs


The rapid rise in unconventional well count has also brought a rapid rise in short ESP runlives due to these well’s associated problems:  declining flow rate, high GLR (gas liquid ratio), and frac sand flowback.  This one day course will discuss how each of these factors have led to lower, and many times, unacceptable run lives and what can be done to correct the problem.  In a collaborative environment, this class will discuss four key operational issues and how they can influence the ESP’s runlife.

Learning Objectives

  • Runlife expectations for subsequent installations in a well
  • The differences between design and specification
  • Tools needed for true production optimization (surveillance and production losses)
  • Contracting philosophy: achieving objective alignment between production and runlife. 

Learning Level


Course Length

1 Day

Why You Should Attend

You should attend this class if you’d like to collaborate with other artificial lift and production professionals on ways to improve ESP runlives.

Who Should Attend

Artificial lift and production operations professionals already working with ESP operations and continuous improvement.

Special Requirements

Students should have a working knowledge of ESPs and how they interact with the wellbore.


0.8 CEUs (Continuing Education Units) will be awarded for this 1-day course.


Sandy Williams has worked in the Petroleum Industry for 27 years. He is the founder of Artificial Lift Performance Ltd (ALP), a company which specializes in helping operators get more oil - a skill which he explains to the layman as being 'like steroids for oil wells'.  Sandy worked 9 years for Amoco, then Phoenix Schlumberger Artificial Lift before becoming a consultant focused on artificial lift and production optimization. He has worked and lived in the USA, Oman, Venezuela, Ecuador, Colombia and has taught over 150 courses related to production optimization and artificial lift and is fluent in Spanish.  ALP have developed a suite of software products to help operators manage artificial lift. The software empowers operators to gather the right information, present it in a meaningful way and allows improved decision making around production optimization.

Matt Hackworth joined the oil and gas industry in 2000 as a completion design engineer at Schlumberger.  In 2004, Matt transferred to Schlumberger’s Reda Pump division in Bartlesville, Oklahoma to begin design work on electrical submersible pumps.  While in Schlumberger’s artificial lift business segment, Matt completed numerous design projects on ESP components, field applications, and advanced completions.  In 2012, Matt joined Occidental Petroleum as a senior artificial lift advisor in Oxy’s Worldwide Engineering department.  Since joining Oxy, Matt has worked on projects including unconventional oil well artificial lift, surveillance and monitoring software development, realtime data analytics, and ESP reliability improvement.  Matt has a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from The University of Tulsa and currently lives in Houston.