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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.

Study Explores Design, Potential of Electric Submersible Generators

01 October 2023
This paper explores electrical submersible generator design considerations, theoretical underpinnings, and potential future applications.

Downsizing, Use of Dummy and Venturi Valves Enhance Gas Lift Performance

01 October 2023
The authors of this paper discuss the effectiveness of smaller port sizes and the use of dummy and Venturi valves to enhance gas lift performance and maximize recovery in mature offshore fields.

Artificial Lift Timing and Selection Optimized With Reduced-Physics Models

01 October 2023
The authors of this paper present an artificial-lift timing and selection work flow using a hybrid data-driven and physics-based approach that incorporates routinely available pressure/volume/temperature, rate, and pressure information.

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01 October 2023
Paper SPE 213089 describes an artificial lift selection tool for unconventional reservoirs driven by reduced-physics models. Paper SPE 213975 extols the value of gas lift downsizing by optimizing the selection and placement of Venturi, orifice, and dummy valves. And Paper SPE 214361 explains how electrical submersible pumps could become electrical submersible generators.

Gas Lift-Plunger Lift Combination Creates Full Life Cycle Production Solution

01 October 2023
As production dynamics evolve over the full life cycle of a tight-oil play, a single artificial lift method may not be the most cost-effective solution.

Condition Indicator Developed for All-Metal Progressing Cavity Pumps

01 March 2023
This paper presents a proposed condition indicator that estimates the wear experienced by an all-metal progressing cavity pump at any point in operation and takes into consideration the effects of downhole operating conditions.


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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Discussing New Opportunities

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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