ESP Teardown and Root Cause Failure Analysis

Course Description

This advanced course is intended for artificial lift and production professionals currently working with or managing ESPs. The teardown (or dismantle) of the ESP is the final phase of an ESP’s operation, but one that can give the most information on how the ESP performed during its life. Additionally, and maybe more importantly, the teardown and subsequent analysis can tell you why it failed. This key step is not simply taking each component apart, the ESP must be disassembled in a particular order, carefully inspecting for specific failure modes at each step, and, that order may vary with conditions and circumstances.

Learning Objectives:

  • Types and expectations of ESP teardowns and failure analyses
  • How to incorporate failure analysis into daily operations
  • Who should participate in the failure analysis process
  • ESP failure modes caused by various operating conditions
  • Vendor nomenclature and procedures for failure analysis
  • Determining root cause

Learning Level


Course Length

1 Day

Why Attend

To gain a better understanding of the teardown process and how to use teardown data to assign a failure root cause.

Who Attends

Artificial lift or production professionals who already deal with daily ESP operations or continuous improvement.

Special Requirements

Students should have an existing understanding of ESP equipment and operations.


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


Jeff Dwiggins has worked in the oil and gas industry for 30 years and in the ESP industry since 1989.  In 2002 Jeff founded Dwiggins Consulting LLC which is focused on improving performance and reliability of ESP systems.  In 2004, Jeff founded Artificial Lift Solutions (ALS), a Singapore company that works internationally on major artificial lift projects in the Middle East and throughout Asia.  Jeff holds multiple patents, has authored several SPE papers and articles, and currently supports projects all over the world.  Jeff and his associates offer approximately 250+ years of experience in the artificial lift industry.

Arthur Watson graduated from Texas AM in 1976 and began his career as an Engineer with TK Valve. In 1981, he moved to Cameron Iron Works. In 1985, he joined REDA Pump in Bartlesville OK, working in several aspects of Engineering, including Design, Reliability and Tooling. In 1992, he moved to the United Arab Emirates as General Manager of REDA Ras Al Khaimah repair and assembly plant. In 1998, moved to REDA Pump Singapore as Engineering and Quality Manager. After integration with Schlumberger, he moved to New Product Development in Rosharon, Texas, where he led the design of several projects, including Advanced Protector, Maximus, and Hotline SA3. In 2009, he became Technical Manager for high-reliability subsea ESP projects in Brazil. He also advises other New Product Development projects. He has contributed to several papers and has over 20 patents.