Under the patronage of His Excellency Salim Al Aufi, Undersecretary, Ministry of Oil and Gas, Oman

SPE Symposium: ESP Journey to the Future 19 - 20 Feb 2020 Sheraton Oman Hotel Muscat, Oman

About the Symposium

This SPE Symposium is a specialized biannual event on Electrical Submersible Pump (ESP), covering insights of the ESP industry in its technical, operational, and commercial aspects.

It is essential to embrace and collectively support this event as the Artificial Lift industry’s dependence on Electrical Submersible Pump applications continues to grow, which can be seen by many existing and newly emerged ESP projects worldwide. This is in line with commercial market analysis showing that ESP application is increasing worldwide. ESP technology has continued to excel from products performance to handling of harsh conditions. For instance, ESP systems, historically limited by the amount of free gas, can now handle extremely gassy wells with proper designs and operational practices. In addition, ESP technology application has advanced tremendously in areas of high reservoir temperature developments, where heavy oil steam-operated fields observed full reservoir potential production by maximizing oil revenues.

The Oil and Gas Industry is witnessing competition on digital grounds, and the ESP Industry is no exception. The concept of data utilization to improve performance has captured the effects of automation and process skill set. Industrial application of the data requires understanding the technology and its processes. This Symposium will provide ample opportunity to explore the spectrum of digital transformation on ESP technology and operation.

The Symposium will stage discussions and partnerships on ESP technology including: various technical applications, operational excellence, lifecycle cost, and contract management with operators, service companies and specialists.

The Symposium’s technical sessions will look at research and technology, big data and AI, electrical challenges and mitigations, ESP contract models, Unconventional Reservoir Applications and Smart Completions, standards and practices, technological advancements, surveillance and optimization, operational efficiency, electricity aspect of ESPs, and ESP Standards and Quality Assurance, among others. These technical sessions will enable efforts to leverage ESP’s Journey to the Future.

The Symposium is expected to unlock further potential through sharing best practices, knowledge, and technology advances. Moreover, this networking opportunity with world experts will stimulate improvement in all aspects of ESP technology to face future challenges.


Two days of informal discussions prompted by selected keynote presentations and discussions. Symposium's maximize 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.


  • 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-serve basis. The Steering Committee encourages attendance from those who can contribute to the Symposium most effectively in discussions. A mix of attendees in terms of geographic origin, companies, and disciplines will be encouraged.