SPE Workshop: Maximising ESP Lifting: Solutions for Today and Tomorrow 23 - 25 Jan 2018 Sheraton Oman Hotel Muscat, Oman

About this Workshop

The Electrical Submersible Pump (ESP), is an expensive but high rate artificial lift technology. ESPs account for almost one third of the total artificial lift systems globally. Based on field development plans, an increase in ESP application is projected worldwide, mainly in mature fields. Since the first successful ESP installation some 100 years ago, ESP technology has advanced incredibly, improving the application of ESPs to endure high gas production, high viscosity crude, high wellbore temperature, sand production, and unconventional wells which have declining production rates, frac sand and unsteady flow regimes.

In the current low oil price environment, which may not change for some years to come, how can artificial lift manufacturers, suppliers and users join forces to maximise their corresponding revenues and application of this amazing technology? This ESP Workshop, a focused event, aims to facilitate discussions and collaborations on many aspects of ESP application such as;  technical application, operational excellence, lifecycle cost, lowest total cost of operation, contract management, as well as alignment of objectives between operator and service company. It is also important to consider how local content or in-country value initiatives can increase the contribution of the local workforce to improve cost effective application of ESP technology in the Middle East and other parts of the world,, thereby helping service companies and operators develop a skilled local workforce, reduce costs and achieve efficiency in a low oil price environment. 

Workshop technical sessions will look at standards and practices, current technical challenges and mitigations, technological advancements, surveillance and optimisation, operational efficiency, and electricity aspect on ESPs, amongst other important topics, enabling efforts to maximise ESP lifting value and excellence. The workshop will be preceded by a one-day ESP seminar, "Squeezing Lowest Total Cost of Operation from Your ESPs", to coach the early career and older workforce to establish a platform for mentoring, personal development and excellence in use of ESPs.

Workshop exhibits will showcase ground-breaking technologies to help meet the current challenges, and consider future innovative technologies, such as surface and subsurface equipment, surveillance and analytics, to maximise ESP lifting value.

Workshop Guidelines


Two (2) days of informal discussions prompted by selected keynote presentations and discussions. Workshops maximise the exchange of ideas among attendees and presenters through brief technical presentations followed by extended Q&A periods. Focused topics attract an informed audience eager to discuss issues critical to advancing both technology and best practices. The majority of the presentations are in the form of case studies, highlighting engineering achievements, and lessons learnt. In order to stimulate frank discussion, no proceedings are published and the press is not invited to attend.


  • Proceedings will not be published; therefore, formal papers and handouts are not expected from speakers.
  • Work in progress, new ideas, and interesting projects are sought.
  • Professionally-prepared visual aids are not required; handwritten view graphs are entirely acceptable.
  • Note-taking by participants is encouraged.


Registrations will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. The Steering Committee encourages attendance from those who can contribute to the workshop most effectively either in discussions or with posters. A mix of attendees in terms of geographic origin, companies, and disciplines will be encouraged.

Attendance Certificate

All attendees will receive an attendance certificate attesting to their participation in the workshop. This certificate will be provided in exchange for a completed Workshop Questionnaire.

Continuing Education Units (CEUs)

Attendees at this workshop qualify for SPE Continuing Education Units (CEU) at the rate of 0.1 CEU per hour of the workshop.

Workshop Deliverables

  • The Steering Committee will appoint a “scribe” to record the discussions and to produce the full workshop report for SPE.
  • This report will be circulated to all attendees as the workshop deliverable within 4–6 weeks following the workshop. The copyright of the report is with SPE.
  • PowerPoint presentation materials will be posted on a specific SPE URL address after the workshop. Provision of the materials by the speakers will signify their permission for SPE to do so.


In keeping with workshop objectives and the SPE mission, commercialism in posters or presentations will not be permitted. Company logos must be limited to the title slide and used only to indicate the affiliation of the presenter and others involved in the work.

Your Investment

Any income from this event will be invested back into SPE to support many other Society programmes. When you attend an SPE event, you help provide even more opportunities for industry professionals to enhance their technical and professional competence. Scholarships, certification, the Distinguished Lecturer programme and SPE’s energy education programme, energy4me, are just a few examples that are supported by SPE.