Production Optimisation Using NODAL Analysis

Production and Operations


NODAL analysis views the total producing system as a group of components potentially encompassing reservoir rock/irregularities, completions (gravel pack, open/closed perforations, open hole), vertical flow strings, restrictions, multilateral and branches. It will identify bottle necks and serves as a framework for the design of efficient field wide flow systems, including wells, artificial lift, gathering lines and manifolds. Together with reservoir simulation and analytical tools, NODAL analysis is used in planning new field development.

Topics include:

  • Flow from the reservoir to the wellbore
  • Flow from bottom hole to surface and through pipelines
  • Complete system analysis
  • Artificial lift systems

Learning Level


Course Length

1 Day

Why Attend?

The basic objective of this course is to introduce the concept of NODAL analysis as a tool in production optimization and hence enhancement. Each learner will be exposed to the analysis of various components of the producing system and their effect on the performance of the total production system.

Who Should Attend

Production, operations, and reservoir engineers, production technologists, senior technicians and field supervisors with an engineering background.


Samson Ibukun

Samson Ibukun is a reservoir management consultant with Laser Engineering & Resources Consultant Limited, Port Harcourt.

His interests are in integrated field, reservoir and well optimization with focus on production enhancement, reservoir management and field development. His expertise covers reservoir management, reservoir simulation, NODAL Analysis, material balance analysis, decline curve analysis, type curve analysis, well test analysis, well surveillance and production enhancement amongst others. Ibukun has led the integrated study of many fields in Niger Delta, leading to efficient field development planning. He has also developed and/or facilitated numerous short courses for the oil and gas industry in Nigeria. He holds a B.Sc. (2002) in petroleum engineering from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria.