SPE Artificial Lift Conference and Exhibition - Americas 28 - 30 Aug 2018 The Woodlands Waterway Marriott and Convention Center The Woodlands, Texas, USA
  • Society of Petroleum Engineers

Schedule

Monday, August 27

08:00 - 17:00
Training Course: How to Use ISO and API Standards for Artificial Lift Systems
Ticketed Event
Instructor(s) David McCalvin

This one day course will prepare both user/purchaser and supplier/manufacturer to use ISO and API standards for electric submersible pumps (ESP), progressing cavity pumps (PCPs), gas lift and sucker rod pumping systems.  Instructors will demonstrate the various ways how to apply these standards, including (but not limited to) equipment purchase, testing, bid specifications and response to tenders.

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USD 750

Non-member
USD 950


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08:00 - 17:00
Training Course: Artificial Lift
Ticketed Event
Instructor(s) Rajan Chokshi

This course will help develop a solid foundation in all forms of lift and the concepts of the selection process to maximize production and return on investment.

Topics Include:

  • Advantages and limitations of each system
  • Application considerations
  • Sample performance predictions

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08:00 - 17:00
Training Course: ESP Teardown and Root Cause Failure Analysis
Ticketed Event
Instructor(s) Jeff Dwiggins

This advanced course is intended for artificial lift and production professionals currently working with or managing ESPs.

Topics Include:

  • 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

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13:00 - 17:00

Tuesday, August 28

07:00 - 17:00
07:00 - 08:30
08:30 - 10:00
PL01  Plenary: Artificial Lift and the Digital Oilfield Waterway 4
Moderator(s) Anthony Allison - Occidental Petroleum Corp.
Speaker(s) Atika Said Al-Bimani - Petroleum Development Oman, Melissa Folz - Oasis Petroleum Co., Eugenio Ferrigno - YPF SA
Panelists will share how digital oilfield techniques and technologies are being applied to artificial lift systems. Topics covered during this session will include what solutions have been deployed today, the trade-offs between using solutions developed in-house vs. off-the-shelf products, and what new products and technologies are needed to make the next great leap in digital oilfield applications for artificial lift. This interactive session is sure to bring insight to how such a frequently discussed topic is actually being implemented today.

Plenary Speakers: 


Atika Al-Bimani, Petroleum Development Oman


Melissa Folz, Oasis Petroleum Co.


Eugenio Ferrigno, YPF SA

10:00 - 10:30
10:00 - 18:30
10:00 - 16:00
PS01  Knowledge Sharing ePoster I Station 1
Session Chairpersons Bill Hearn - ConocoPhillips Co, Ken Saveth - Baker Hughes, a GE company
Knowledge Sharing ePosters allow one-on-one interactions with presenters and opportunities to study a particular concept at an appropriate level of detail. Subject matter varies, but topics are consistent with other technical sessions.
Time Paper # Presentation
1000-1015 190958 Production & Operations SRP Equipment Customization Creating Value by Increasing Run Life in a Low Oil Price Environment M. Hoy, OMV E&P; B. Kometer, OMV Austria E&P; P.C. Buerssner, OMV Petrom; G.A. Puscalau, Weatherford International; S. Eder, AC2T research
1015-1030 190932 Production & Operations Downhole Plunger Speed Study in Sucker Rod High GOR and High Friction Wells E. Ferrigno, D. El Khouri, YPF; G. Moreno, YPF Tecnologia
1530-1545 190941 Production & Operations Efficacy of Surfactants in Rich Gas Shale Wells Y. Alzhanov, University of Tulsa; H. Karami, University of Oklahoma; E. Pereyra, University of Tulsa; J.A. Gamboa, Chevron Corporation
1545-1600 190919 Production & Operations Surfactant Batch Treatment Efficiency as an Artificial Lift Method for Horizontal Gas Wells C. Gcali, Petroleum Abstracts/The University of Tulsa; H. Karami, The University of Oklahoma; E. Pereyra, C. Sarica, University of Tulsa
10:00 - 16:00
PS02  Knowledge Sharing ePoster II Station 2
Session Chairpersons Peter Oyewole - Proline Energy Resources, Steve Pohler - Polher Consulting
Knowledge Sharing ePosters allow one-on-one interactions with presenters and opportunities to study a particular concept at an appropriate level of detail. Subject matter varies, but topics are consistent with other technical sessions.
Time Paper # Presentation
1000-1015 190929 Production & Operations Gas Lift Annulus Pressure K.L. Decker, Retired; R.P. Sutton, Consultant
1015-1030 190950 Production & Operations Impact of Gas Lift Design in Unconventional Wells - A Delaware Basin Operators Perspective S.K. Kannan, M. Boyer, J. Dufresne, Anadarko Petroleum Corp; L.E. Gonzalez, Xenon Lift Services
1530-1545 190964 Production & Operations Successful Application of an Innovative Geometry of Progressing Cavity Pump in Application With High Sand and Gas Content: Colombian Successful Case
L.S. Labrador, P.A. De Sales, Ecopetrol S.A; L.F. Valderrama Arias, J. Molina, J. Ferrer, Apergy
1545-1600 190948 Production & Operations System Run Life Improvement for Rod Driven PCP in High Deviation Well S. Khadev, S. Agarwal, P. Kumar, N. Pandev, A. Parasher, S. Kumar, V. Agarwal, S. Tiwari, Cairn Oil & Gas
10:30 - 12:00
01  Sucker Rod Pumps I Waterway 4
Session Chairpersons Imran Md Hashim - Newfield Exploration Company, Blake Myers - EP Energy
When producing a horizontal well with a sucker rod pump, gas entering the pump may result in more than just inefficiencies; it may also lead to increased failure rates due to compression. The papers presented in this session will recommend both downhole design changes and changes to operational practices in an effort to reduce the negative impacts of gas entering the sucker rod pump.
Time Paper # Presentation
1030-1100 190938 Production & Operations Evaluating Tailpipe Systems Designed to Optimize Artificial Lift Performance in Horizontal Wells C.R. Humphreys, B.N. Vangolen, A.P. Allison, D. Yin, C. Yicon, Occidental Petroleum Corp.
1100-1130 190942 Production & Operations Quantitative Analysis of the Packer-Style Gas Separator Through Laboratory and Field Trials L. Thompson, A. Monk, G. Oddie, Schlumberger
1130-1200 190936 Production & Operations Solving Gas Interference Issues with Sucker Rod Pumps in the Permian Basin A.P. Allison, C.F. Leal, M.R. Boland, Occidental Petroleum
Alternate 190958 Production & Operations SRP Equipment Customization Creating Value by Increasing Run Life in a Low Oil Price Environment M. Hoy, OMV E&P; B. Kometer, OMV Austria E&P; P.C. Buerssner, OMV Petrom; G.A. Puscalau, Weatherford International; S. Eder, AC2T research
Alternate 190932 Production & Operations Downhole Plunger Speed Study in Sucker Rod High GOR and High Friction Wells E. Ferrigno, D. El Khouri, YPF; G. Moreno, YPF Tecnologia
12:00 - 13:15
AL01  Legends of Artificial Lift Awards Luncheon Waterway 1-3
Speaker(s) Janeen Judah - 2017 President, Society of Petroleum Engineers
Janeen Judah - 2017 President, Society of Petroleum Engineers Janeen will speak at the Legends luncheon and will conduct the awards presentation to the 2018 recipients. SPE recognizes the importance of artificial lift to the industry and the valuable contributions of those who made their careers advancing the technology and transferring their knowledge to the next generation.

Legend Award Winners:


Ken Decker

Cleon Dunham

Bill Lane

​Tony Podio

​Lyle Wilson

13:15 - 14:00
14:00 - 15:30
02  Electric Submersible Pumps I Waterway 4
Session Chairpersons Jeff Dwiggins - Artificial Lift Solutions Pte Ltd, Keith Russell - Silixa
Looking for better economics for your ESP operations? This session will focus on the use of permanent magnet motor technology to reduce ESP power consumption and enable ESP installation in wells with smaller casing sizes.
Time Paper # Presentation
1400-1430 190934 Production & Operations Energy Management Applied to Electric Submersible Pumping (ESP) E.R. Martinez Villarreal, A.D. Caicedo, L. Paredes, Repsol; M. Guevara, E. ????lvarez, Baker Hughes a GE company
1430-1500 190951 Production & Operations Efficiency Study in Vizcacheras Field and Implementation of PMM Motors to Increase Production Capability
A.L. Tiofiolo, J.J. Dotta, YPF S.A.; R.H. Teves, GE Oil & Gas - Artificial Lift
1500-1530 190960 Production & Operations Permanent Magnet Motors/Powder Metallurgy Pump Stages: Increasing Profit Margins, Reserves, and Economic Limits through Efficient ESP Design J. Lucas, Novomet USA; S.C. Donham, T. Wrobel, Merit Energy Company
15:30 - 16:00
16:00 - 17:30
03  Gas Lift: Application in Unconventional Wells Waterway 4
Session Chairpersons Steve Pohler - Pohler Consulting, Eduardo Pereyra - University of Tulsa
The production characteristics of unconventional wells pose special challenges for artificial lift systems. Gas lift, known for its flexibility, is well suited to this environment and has gained popularity in recent years. This session explores the fundamentals and applications of gas lift that lead to successful deployment in unconventional wells.
Time Paper # Presentation
1600-1630 190923 Production & Operations Chamber Gas Lift in Horizontals C.N. Hardegree, B.A. Gerrard, S.L. Wildman, K.S. McKenzie, Occidental Oil and Gas Corp.
1630-1700 190959 Production & Operations Life-of-Well Gas Lift Installations for Unconventional Resources
B. Latif, K.S. McKenzie, W.M. Rodgers, G.B. Stephenson, S.L. Wildman, Occidental Petroleum Corp.
1700-1730 190965 Production & Operations End of Tubing and Packer Placement Effects on Gas Lift Operations in Toe Down Gas Wells J.V. Nair, E. Pereyra, C. Sarica, University of Tulsa
Alternate 190929 Production & Operations Gas Lift Annulus Pressure K.L. Decker, Retired; R.P. Sutton, Consultant
Alternate 190950 Production & Operations Impact of Gas Lift Design in Unconventional Wells - A Delaware Basin Operators Perspective S.K. Kannan, M. Boyer, J. Dufresne, Anadarko Petroleum Corp; L.E. Gonzalez, Xenon Lift Services
17:30 - 18:30

Wednesday, August 29

07:00 - 17:00
07:00 - 08:30
08:30 - 10:00
04  Gas Deliquification Waterway 4
Session Chairpersons Bruce Gerrard - OXY USA Inc., Barry Labrecque - Shell Canada Ltd.
Lifting gas in unconventional wells is key to recognizing the entire value of the well. Typical challenges include determining liquid loading rates and velocities and applying the best artificial lift method to produce the well. This session will focus on understanding liquid loading and lifting liquid-loaded gassy shale wells effectively.
Time Paper # Presentation
0830-0900 190921 Production & Operations A Simple Critical Gas Velocity Equation as Direct Functions of Diameter and Inclination for Horizontal Well Liquid Loading Prediction: Theory and Extensive Field Validation

A.S. Nagoo, Nagoo & Associates; P.M. Kulkarni, Equinor; C. Arnold, Escondido Resources; M. Dunham, Bravo Natural Resources; J. Sosa, Jones Energy; P.O. Oyewole, Proline Energy Resources
0900-0930 190947 Production & Operations Unconventional Lift for Unconventional Wells
B. Jackson, Tech-Flo Consulting
0930-1000 190930 Production & Operations Novel Approach in Digital Diagnostic for Plunger Lift in Non Conventional Wells at Vaca Muerta J. Barros, YPF; J. Alvarez Claramunt, YPF SA; E. Ferrigno, YPF
Alternate 190941 Production & Operations Efficacy of Surfactants in Rich Gas Shale Wells Y. Alzhanov, University of Tulsa; H. Karami, University of Oklahoma; E. Pereyra, University of Tulsa; J.A. Gamboa, Chevron Corporation
Alternate 190919 Production & Operations Surfactant Batch Treatment Efficiency as an Artificial Lift Method for Horizontal Gas Wells C. Gcali, Petroleum Abstracts/The University of Tulsa; H. Karami, The University of Oklahoma; E. Pereyra, C. Sarica, University of Tulsa
10:00 - 10:30
10:00 - 16:00
10:00 - 15:45
PS03  Knowledge Sharing ePoster III Station 1
Session Chairpersons Marcelo Hirschfeldt - OilProduction.net, Robert Navo - Baker Hughes, a GE company
Knowledge Sharing ePosters allow one-on-one interactions with presenters and opportunities to study a particular concept at an appropriate level of detail. Subject matter varies, but topics are consistent with other technical sessions.
Time Paper # Presentation
1000-1015 190944 Production & Operations Challenging Sand Producer Well Handling with PCP in Eastern Desert, Egypt

K.A. Al-Sawi, M.I. Hegazy, Kuwait Energy Egypt; K.M. El-Hady, Kuwait Energy; M.S. Abd-Elhamed, Kuwait Energy Egypt
1015-1030 190939 Production & Operations Material Overview for Electric Submersible Pumps: Part I - Metallic and Ceramic Materials J. Xiao, Saudi Aramco PE&D; R.A. Lastra Melo, Saudi Aramco PE&D EXPEC ARC; B.A. Roth, Saudi Aramco PE&D; W. Lee, Alkhorayef Petroleum Company
1530-1545 190952 Production & Operations Production Optimization for Progressive Cavity Pumps by Interconnecting a Steady-State Flow Simulator and a Black Oil Reservoir Model through Integrated Asset Management Software M. Ali, K. Escobar, S. Cui, V. Salinas, Schlumberger
10:00 - 10:30
PS04  Knowledge Sharing ePoster IV Station 2
Session Chairpersons Mike Poythress - Conocophillips Corporate Contributions
Knowledge Sharing ePosters allow one-on-one interactions with presenters and opportunities to study a particular concept at an appropriate level of detail. Subject matter varies, but topics are consistent with other technical sessions.
Time Paper # Presentation
1000-1015 190922 Production & Operations Wellbore Modeling and Reservoir Characterization for the Application of Artificial Lift in Deep Horizontal Wells in the Unconventional Reservoirs P. Pankaj, K. Patron, L. Haidan, Schlumberger
1015-1030 190963 Management & Information Cultural Change in ALS Real Time Operation and Optimization in Vaca Muerta Through CWE J. Alvarez Claramunt, P.E. Bizzotto, F.D. Sapag, YPF SA; E. Ferrigno, J.L. Barros, G.D. Martinez, YPF
10:30 - 12:00
05  Progressing Cavity Pumps Waterway 4
Session Chairpersons Darin Austin - Innovative Production Inc, Laura Labrador - Occidental de Colombia Inc.
This session will explore the latest developments in progressing cavity pump materials, geometries, and technologies. These developments, coupled with innovative solutions and challenging applications, improve the run life of PCP systems.
Time Paper # Presentation
1030-1100 190945 Production & Operations One Company’s Experience using Metal to Metal PCPs as the Primary Artificial Lift Method in a SAGD Operation O. Becerra, PetroChina Canada; J. Sheldon, C-Fer Technologies
1100-1130 190933 Production & Operations Identifying Analogue Fields in PCP Applications using Classification Trees J. Sheldon, F.J. Alhanati, P. Skoczylas, C-FER Technologies
1130-1200 191118 Production & Operations Increased Run Life in Progressive Cavity Pumps From Characterization of High Nitrile Elastomers in the Orinoco Oil Belt
M.J. Han, PDVSA Petropiar; E. Guerra, Chevron Global Upstream; S.V. Rangel, I.B. Gamez, A. Delgado, PDVSA Petropiar
Alternate 190964 Production & Operations Successful Application of an Innovative Geometry of Progressing Cavity Pump in Application With High Sand and Gas Content: Colombian Successful Case
L.S. Labrador, P.A. De Sales, Ecopetrol S.A; L.F. Valderrama Arias, J. Molina, J. Ferrer, Apergy
Alternate 190948 Production & Operations System Run Life Improvement for Rod Driven PCP in High Deviation Well S. Khadev, S. Agarwal, P. Kumar, N. Pandev, A. Parasher, S. Kumar, V. Agarwal, S. Tiwari, Cairn Oil & Gas
Alternate 190944 Production & Operations Challenging Sand Producer Well Handling with PCP in Eastern Desert, Egypt

K.A. Al-Sawi, M.I. Hegazy, Kuwait Energy Egypt; K.M. El-Hady, Kuwait Energy; M.S. Abd-Elhamed, Kuwait Energy Egypt
12:00 - 13:15
KL01  Keynote Luncheon: Unconventional Reservoirs - A Technology Driven Revolution of Enormous Scale and Global Impact Waterway 1-3
Speaker(s) Greg Leveille - ConocoPhillips
The unconventional reservoir revolution disrupted the status quo that existed within the oil & gas industry at the start of the 21st century, creating both considerable opportunity and significant challenges. Industry's understanding of unconventional reservoirs is still evolving rapidly, with the technical insights achieved over the past ten years having been remarkable, yet there is still much for industry to learn. This talk will summarize progress made to date and speculate about the likely impact of future technology advancements, including those related to artificial lift.

About the Speaker:

Greg Leveille is Chief Technology Officer for ConocoPhillips. During his career, he has held leadership positions in technology, exploration, operations, portfolio management, asset management, project management, and commercial organizations.

Leveille is a member of the Executive Committee of the Unconventional Resources Technology Conference (URTeC), serves on the Dean’s Advisory Board for the University of Houston’s College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, and has led several United Way fund raising campaigns.

13:15 - 14:00
14:00 - 15:30
06  Sucker Rod Pumps II Waterway 4
Session Chairpersons Sergio Gonzales - ConocoPhillips Co, Michael Poythress - Conocophillips Corporate Contributions
Tubing failures in sucker rod pumping applications have become problematic in many basins around the world, especially in unconventional wells. Two papers in this session will detail how we can closely examine the product delivered by the drilling department, as we attempt to cycle a sucker rod string more than 7,000 times per day for many years without a failure. The third presentation will share a case history that focuses on getting more from our rod pump controllers, in the way of inferred production, to assist with the validation of well tests.
Time Paper # Presentation
1400-1430 190935 Production & Operations Rod-Guide Placement Based on High-Resolution Tortuosity Analysis of Production Tubing
O. Jegbefume, J. Bang, A.G. Ledroz, R. Shoup, Gyrodata Inc.; R.S. Vincent, PL Tech LLC; J. Earley, EOG Resources
1430-1500 190920 Production & Operations Visualizing Rod Design and Analysis Through the Wave Equation W. Phillips, 3dwellbore.com
1500-1530 190955 Production & Operations Enabling Autonomous Well Optimization Using IoT-Enabled Devices and Machine Learning in Bakken Horizontal Wells J. Freeman, P.M. Kulkarni, Statoil; R. Benoit, J. Filipi, B. Arnst, Ambyint
15:30 - 16:00
16:00 - 17:30
07  Electric Submersible Pumps II Waterway 4
Session Chairpersons Barry Nicholson - Oxy Inc, Steven Kennedy - EOG Resources Inc.
Science and math triumph over rules of thumb. In this session, three papers will be presented featuring exciting new models to simulate and predict ESP performance over a range of fluid characteristics, thereby enabling better ESP design, operational performance, and troubleshooting.
Time Paper # Presentation
1600-1630 190926 Production & Operations Centrifugal Pump Head Prediction using Affinity Laws Modified for Viscosity A.R. Patil, G. Morrison, A. Delgado, Texas A&M University; H.I. Casillas, Royal Dutch Shell
1630-1700 190927 Production & Operations A Mechanistic Model to Predict Flow Pattern Transitions in Electrical Submersible Pump under Gassy Flow Condition J. Zhu, J. Zhang, H. Zhu, The University of Tulsa; H. Zhang, University of Tulsa
1700-1730 190956 Production & Operations A First Principles Model for Virtually Sensing Operational Parameters in an ESP Well E. Aceros, Universidad Del Zulia; E. Camargo, Universidad de los Andes; J.I. Canelon, Universidad Del Zulia; A. Verde, Easy Oil, LLC
Alternate 190939 Production & Operations Material Overview for Electric Submersible Pumps: Part I - Metallic and Ceramic Materials J. Xiao, Saudi Aramco PE&D; R.A. Lastra Melo, Saudi Aramco PE&D EXPEC ARC; B.A. Roth, Saudi Aramco PE&D; W. Lee, Alkhorayef Petroleum Company

Thursday, August 30

07:00 - 08:30
07:00 - 14:00
08:30 - 10:00
08  Intermittent Gas Lift and Gas-Assisted Plunger Lift Waterway 4
Session Chairpersons Bill Hearn - ConocoPhillips Co, Clint Mason - Definitive Optimization
Gas lift is increasingly used as the primary lift method on new unconventional wells. Key to its success is the deployment of intermittent gas lift (IGL) and gas-assisted plunger lift (GAPL) later in the well????????s life to reduce lift gas requirements and optimize flowing bottomhole pressure. This session will focus on the transition from continuous gas lift to IGL and GAPL and its implications on production, pressure, and operations.
Time Paper # Presentation
0830-0900 190916 Reservoir Description & Dynamics Modeling Transient Inflow Performance Relationship in Artificial-Lift Systems

Z. Xiang, C. Kabir, University of Houston
0900-0930 190937 Production & Operations Plunger-Assisted Gas Lift and Gas-Assisted Plunger Lift


M. Burns, XTO Energy
0930-1000 190966 Production & Operations Innovative Well Designs for HGOR Wells: Extending Gas Production with Common Gas Well Deliquification Techniques N.J. Clifton Goldney, B. Mohando, G. Perez Cometto, M. Ballarini, R.D. Mazzola, Pan American Energy LLC
10:00 - 10:30
10:30 - 12:00
09  Designing Artificial Lift for the Life of the Well Waterway 4
Session Chairpersons Michael Parker - Surge Energy Inc, Gonzalo Perez Cometto - Pan American Energy
Critical to managing costs as wells decline is having a strategy to ensure that the correct artificial lift type can be applied at the right time during a well????????s life with minimal intervention costs. This session focuses on applying artificial lift throughout the life of a well and preparing the initial completion for the low-cost introduction of artificial lift later on.
Time Paper # Presentation
1030-1100 190954 Completions Innovative Downhole Design for Optimize ALS Installation at Shale Oil Wells I. Cuneo, YPF SA; J.M. Ardito, G. Garcia Rivero, YPF
1100-1130 190928 Production & Operations Reducing Artificial Lift Surface Conversion Costs In A Unconventional Oil Field C.L. Weiss, Tourmaline Oil Corp; V. McGee, QCI; K. McAdam, Western Oil Tools
1130-1200 190961 Production & Operations Getting Wells Back to Production Using an Innovative Artificial Lift System for Recovering Inactive Wells A.F. Vargas, Pump Best Services Colombia; J. Duran, Ecopetrol SA; A. Simpson, Veretek; R. Santos, Schlumberger; J.M. Doval, L. Mu????oz, Ecopetrol SA; A.E. Patino Jerez, Schlumberger Surenco S.A.; C. Rativa, N. Hernandez, A. Rozo, Ecopetrol SA; D. Rios, Ecopetrol
Alternate 190922 Production & Operations Wellbore Modeling and Reservoir Characterization for the Application of Artificial Lift in Deep Horizontal Wells in the Unconventional Reservoirs P. Pankaj, K. Patron, L. Haidan, Schlumberger
12:00 - 13:15
KL02  Keynote Luncheon: Just Evacuate the Wellbore! Innovation is the Key to Doing the Impossible with Artificial Lift Daily in a Continuously Changing and Challenging Landscape Waterway 1-3
Speaker(s) Tom J. Walker - Occidental Petroleum
Artificial Lift was not easy back in the vertical well days and today it is more challenging with the ever changing and complex horizontal wellbore construction designs with solids and gas added to the mix. In other words, to make Artificial Lift even more fun, we pump millions of pounds of sand and water into our horizontal wells, we reduce the liquid inflow from day one, we increase the gas to liquid ratio almost continuously, and we likely have crooked wells with kinks throughout the wellbore. We also have heavy oil steam floods that add heat and more sand into the mix. Never forget, as we work to lower the bottom hole flowing pressure as low as possible we have to do this as cheaply as possible with a declining failure rate curve! Artificial Lift today is equivalent to playing 3D chess with the other player, board, pieces and room moving around us while everything is on fire! The good news is the "SPE Artificial Lift Conference and Exhibition - Americas" is attended by change agents who love to innovate and ask themselves and others "why are we doing it this way" every day! Some of these change agents have built and are selling better mousetraps right out in the exhibition. This talk will review all the above and propose how we dominate the way forward with innovation!

About the Speaker:

Tom J. Walker is Chief Production Engineer for Occidental Petroleum.  Based in Houston, Tom supports nearly 400 Oxy production engineers in Texas, Oman, Qatar, and Columbia.  In addition to PE mentoring and development, he is also responsible for protecting the company’s base production, providing technical Production Engineering oversight to all the global business units and adding traction to innovative ideas from PE’s.

Tom has over 29 years of broad experience managing production operations around the world in locations including Brazil, Colorado, Wyoming, North Dakota, Montana, Utah, Oman, Qatar, California, and Alaska. His specialty includes production engineering support of oil and dry gas unconventional shale plays, coal bed methane gas, heavy oil steamflood and waterfloods in conventional sandstone and carbonate reservoirs.

He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Petroleum Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines.  He is a Licensed Professional Petroleum Engineer in seven states. Tom and his wife, Jennifer, live on Lake Conroe and have two sons in college.

13:15 - 14:00
14:00 - 16:00
10  Artificial Lift Optimization Waterway 4
Session Chairpersons Bill Hearn - ConocoPhillips Co, Ken Saveth - Baker Hughes, a GE company
Once artificial lift has been introduced, optimization and reliability become the key focus for achieving maximum value. This session focuses on the optimization workflows and the measurement and optimization of reliability in artificial lift.
Time Paper # Presentation
1400-1430 190940 Production & Operations Tuning VSDs in ESP Wells to Optimize Oil Production - Case Studies
L.A. Camilleri, H. Gong, Schlumberger; N.H. Al-Maqsseed, A.M. Al-Jazzaf, Kuwait Oil Company
1430-1500 190949 Production & Operations Plunger Fall Velocity Studies in Vertical Wells R. Acosta, E. Pereyra, C. Sarica, The University of Tulsa
1500-1530 190962 Production & Operations Use of Run-Life Measures in Estimating Artificial Lift System Reliability P. Skoczylas, F.J. Alhanati, J. Sheldon, C-FER Technologies; F. Trevisan, N/A
Alternate 190963 Management & Information Cultural Change in ALS Real Time Operation and Optimization in Vaca Muerta Through CWE J. Alvarez Claramunt, P.E. Bizzotto, F.D. Sapag, YPF SA; E. Ferrigno, J.L. Barros, G.D. Martinez, YPF
Alternate 190952 Production & Operations Production Optimization for Progressive Cavity Pumps by Interconnecting a Steady-State Flow Simulator and a Black Oil Reservoir Model through Integrated Asset Management Software M. Ali, K. Escobar, S. Cui, V. Salinas, Schlumberger