ESP Application Design for Production Engineers

Production and Operations

Course Description

Installing an inappropriate or poorly specified ESP leads to lost production, short runlives, and ultimately higher production costs. With the growth in ESP-produced unconventional wells, appropriate ESP design becomes more challenging due to divergent HP and head requirement at initial production versus the depleted well at end of life. ESP design is typically performed by the ESP vendors (often with less than complete design data), reviewed by the production engineer, and then equipment selected and installed.


  • The "Why?" and the "How?" of the design
  • What well, production & facilities information is required to ensure a successful design
  • Function and operation of each ESP component and how it impacts the application design
  • Calculations and data that make up an effective ESP design
  • ESP application design by hand and using software
  • Single operating point and dual operating point designs
  • Gas handling approaches with ESPs – functional limits
  • Reviewing ESP designs – how to read the report
  • ESP equipment specifications

Learning Level


Course Length

1 Day

Why Attend

This course will empower Production Engineers to understand the correct equipment sizing for a well and enable the engineer to quality check the design report provided by the vendor. 

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to perform a design and read a design report, comment on its applicability to the well’s operation, and know if the specified equipment will meet the well requirements.

Who Attends

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


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


Sandy Williams has worked in the Petroleum Industry for 29 years. He is the founder of Artificial Lift Performance Ltd (ALP), a company which specializes in helping operators get more oil - a skill which he explains to the layman as being 'like steroids for oil wells'. Sandy worked 9 years for Amoco, then Phoenix Schlumberger Artificial Lift before becoming a consultant focused on artificial lift and production optimization. He has worked and lived in the USA, Oman, Venezuela, Ecuador, Colombia and has taught over 150 courses related to production optimization and artificial lift and is fluent in Spanish. ALP have developed a suite of software products to help operators manage artificial lift. The software empowers operators to gather the right information, present it in a meaningful way and allows improved decision making around production optimization.

Matt Hackworth joined the oil and gas industry in 2000 as a completion design engineer at Schlumberger. In 2004, Matt transferred to Schlumberger’s Reda Pump division in Bartlesville, Oklahoma to begin design work on electrical submersible pumps. While in Schlumberger’s artificial lift business segment, Matt completed numerous design projects on ESP components, field applications, and advanced completions. In 2012, Matt joined Occidental Petroleum as a senior artificial lift advisor in Oxy’s Worldwide Engineering department. Since joining Oxy, Matt has worked on projects including unconventional oil well artificial lift, surveillance and monitoring software development, realtime data analytics, and ESP reliability improvement. His current role at Oxy as Chief Operations Technology includes both artificial lift and broader production operations projects. Matt has a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from The University of Tulsa and currently lives in Houston.