Design and Optimization of Artificial Lift Systems

Production and Operations

Course Description

This course is an in-depth look at artificial lift, specifically for wells using continuous-flow gas lift or electrical submersible pumps (ESPs). The course can also be modified for a 5-day exclusive ESP training program with hands-on problem solving using SubPUMP software. In either case, there are plenty of class problems to solve in the workshops, and problem scenarios from the attendees are always welcome.


  • Understanding production systems
  • The role of artificial lift in optimizing production
  • Analysis and trouble shooting of continuous-flow gas lift systems
  • The ESP, with detailed pump, motor, cable and shroud designs
  • Handling of gas and solids

Learning Level

Intermediate to Advanced

Course Length

5 Days

Why Attend

The instructor for this course draws on 40 years of experience in the business. By the end of the week, you’ll have a firm grasp of ESP and gas lift systems.  

Who Attends

This course is for engineers who are involved in oil production and the design, maintenance and optimization of artificial lift, especially electrical submersible pump and continuous-flow gas lift systems.

Special Requirements

A suitable degree in engineering or a BS degree is a prerequisite for this course.


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

Cancellation Policy

All cancellations must be received no later than 14 days prior to the course start date. Cancellations made after the 14-day window will not be refunded.  Refunds will not be given due to no show situations.

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SPE reserves the right to cancel or re-schedule courses at will.  Notification of changes will be made as quickly as possible; please keep this in mind when arranging travel, as SPE is not responsible for any fees charged for cancelling or changing travel arrangements.

We reserve the right to substitute course instructors as necessary.

Full regional cancellation policies can be found at the Cancellation Policy page within the SPE Training Course Catalog.


Hemanta Mukherjee is the principal consultant and president of iPoint LLC, an independent consulting company based in Westminster, Colorado. He has more than 40 years of experience in production and reservoir engineering. Mukherjee retired from Schlumberger Oilfield Services in January 2005, after serving in four product lines and working in many regions of the world. He is also a visiting professor of production engineering for the Imperial College, London where he teaches a master’s level class in petroleum engineering every year.

Mukherjee has written numerous technical papers. He was an SPE Distinguished Lecturer in 1996–1997, and received the SPE Production Engineering Award in 2000. He has been an SPE Distinguished Member since 2004 and has served on many SPE committees. Mukherjee holds a BS 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, Oklahoma.