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Latest Artificial Lift News: Journal of Petroleum Technology

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Featured: Legends of Artificial Lift

A special Legends of Artificial Lift luncheon, held during the 2022 SPE Artificial Lift Conference and Exhibition–Americas, celebrated three individuals for their outstanding contributions to the technical knowledge in this field: Norman Hein Jr., Ken Nolen, and Gabor Takacs.

Artificial Lift: Adapting to Change

01 October 2022
In this first part of a two-part series, we look at how the artificial-lift sector has adapted to producing unconventional resources. The second part of the series to publish in November will crack open the lift toolbox to take a deeper look at the techniques and technologies under development or new to the market.

Approach Uses Intentional Deadheading of ESPs To Improve Run Life

01 October 2022
The paper presents successful field tests designed to decrease electrical-submersible-pump cooling rates by inducing controlled deadheads rather than shutting down the pumps.

Machine-Learning Model Improves Gas Lift Performance and Well Integrity

01 October 2022
The authors of this paper develop a model that can predict well-risk level and provide a method to convert associated failure risk of each element in the well envelope into a tangible value.

Study Reviews ESP Performance in High-Viscosity Applications

01 October 2022
The paper presents results of single-phase and multiphase electrical-submersible-pump tests as well as operation data, lessons learned, and failure examples gathered over 10 years of operation in a highly viscous offshore oilfield.

Artificial Lift-2022

01 October 2022
Artificial lift has long been thriving in the exciting innovation zone that the electronics industry is only now approaching. Just when you think the artificial lift community knows everything, people find new ways to turn old maxims on their head. The selections this month are true paradigm-changers.

When it Comes to Progressing Cavity Pumps, Staying Loose and Running Slow Can Be Life Extending

08 September 2022
A major variable in the life of a progressing cavity pump is the knowledge of those choosing and operating pumps that have their quirks.


Artificial Lift Life Cycle & Optimization: Why a life cycle approach for artificial lift is worth considering from the field development stage. 

Plunger Lift: Opportunity, Optimization and Opposition: How plunger lift fits in the toolbox of artificial lift alternatives, the potential for uplift through optimization and how to overcome the barriers to achieving the full potential.

Artificial Lift Management and Adoption on New Technologies and Digitalization: A roadmap of adopting artificial lift management through digitalization, due to the complexity of downhole operations and costs. 

API and ISO Standards for Artificial Lift: API and ISO standards published for artificial lift, including the status and development, and practical uses to improve artificial lift systems.

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Training Courses

Artificial Lift: The scientific and realities foundation of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning and its true application in Reservoir Engineering used for CCS.

Basics of Artificial Lift Systems: The evolving regulatory and legal frameworks that will govern Green House Gases (GHG) and the emerging field of CCS.

Artificial Lift and Production Optimization Solutions: Artificial lift solutions and related production optimization concepts. 

Data Analytics for Artificial Lift: Techniques and workflows applied to artificial lift and production with business use cases.

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Energizing Our Lives: How to Have a Successful Career in Artificial Lift Engineering

2020 SPE President Shauna Noonan talks with Artificial Lift experts Anthony Allison and Greg Stephenson about how they got into the industry.

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