Course Price: € 625

This comprehensive self-paced course will enable you to understand the concepts and practical applications of modelling naturally flowing and artificial lift wells with Prosper. The set of workshops and exercises will engage you to think about methods of collecting and validating proper data for well analysis as well as the design and diagnosis of artificial lift wells. Get started on your learning journey now with Baobab.

Who’s it for?

. . . anyone enthusiastic to learn about or who are involved in the specification and diagnosis of artificial lift systems using commercial well modelling software.

Course Price

€ 625

Course length

7 days classroom equivalent.

  1. Explain the principles of reservoir fluid composition, properties and modelling. Identify the limitations of using correlations and Equations of State
  2. Evaluate the range of possible inflow and outflow performance relationships for wells. Understand how nodal analysis is used to predict well performance
  3. Build, validate and match a naturally flowing oil well model. Apply and interpret more complex inflow modelling options (Prosper)
  4. Run nodal analysis sensitivities, interpret the results and export lift curves (Prosper)
  5. Appraise the selection and operation of key artificial lift techniques
  6. Describe the main equipment components and operation of a gas lift and ESP systems. Identify and explain the key factors in gas lift and ESP design
  7. Perform a gas lift design from concepts through to unloading, run sensitivities and export lift curves (Prosper)
  8. Diagnose and troubleshoot gas lift well performance using the "quicklook" utility (Prosper)
  9. Perform a complete ESP design, run sensitivities and export lift curves (Prosper)
  10. Diagnose and troubleshoot ESP well performance and operation using the "quicklook" utility (Prosper)

1. Production system concepts

  • Production System Concepts (Part 1)
  • QUIZ - Production system concepts (1)
  • Production System Concepts (Part 2)
  • QUIZ - Production system concepts (2)
  • Data measurement quality
  • QUIZ - Data measurement quality

2. Units and datums

  • Units - an introduction to oilfield units
  • Units - an exercise on conversion factors
  • Units - prefixes in common use
  • QUIZ - Units
  • Datums (measurement reference points)
  • QUIZ - Datums

3. Reservoir fluid properties overview

  • Reservoir fluid composition
  • Reservoir fluid properties
  • Reservoir fluid properties - plots
  • QUIZ - Reservoir fluid composition

4. PVT correlations and matching

  • Wellbore fluids sampling
  • Reservoir fluids measurements (PVT analysis)
  • Fluid property correlations
  • QUIZ - Reservoir fluid measurement, analysis and correlations
  • PRACTICAL - Reservoir fluid properties

5. Workshop: Building a well model (1)

  • Units and datums (Prosper)
  • Building a well model (options and preferences) (Prosper)
  • Building a well model (PVT data entry and matching) Part 1 (Prosper)
  • Building a well model (PVT data entry and matching) Part 2 (Prosper)

6. Inflow performance concepts

  • Inflow performance and Productivity Index (PI)
  • PI and Darcy's Law
  • How to increase PI
  • Pressure distribution in the reservoir
  • QUIZ - Inflow performance and PI

7. Radial flow IPR and skin

  • Radial inflow performance equation (oil)
  • Two phase inflow performance (PI and Vogel)
  • Skin components
  • QUIZ - Multiphase inflow performance
  • PRACTICAL - Inflow performance

8. Outflow performance concepts

  • Components of wellbore pressure loss (gravity and friction)
  • Friction in the wellbore - estimates and calculation
  • Velocity and slip in the wellbore

9. Holdup and slip

  • Effect of flow distribution (regime) on slip
  • Slip and holdup correlations and flow regime maps
  • More on slip and holdup and an overview of flow correlations
  • Pressure loss in the wellbore - a summary
  • QUIZ - Pressure loss in the wellbore

10. Flow correlations and VLPs

  • How does Pwf change with flowrate - an introduction to VLPs
  • Flow correlation comparisons (gradient traverse and VLPs)
  • Recommended variables when generating VLPs for simulators
  • QUIZ - Flow correlations and VLPs
  • PRACTICAL - Outflow performance

11. Workshop: Building a well model (2)

  • Building a well model (equipment data entry) (Prosper)
  • Building a well model (inflow data entry) (Prosper)

12. Pressure loss at surface

  • Components of surface pressure loss and rate of change of WHP
  • Choke performance overview
  • Surface flow correlation comparisons
  • QUIZ - Pressure loss at surface

13. Nodal analysis concepts

  • Introduction to nodal analysis
  • Running sensitivities (watercut and tubing size)
  • Running sensitivities (stimulation and WHP)

14. Nodal analysis plot interpretation

  • Running sensitivities (actual nodal analysis plots)
  • Nodal analysis plot interpretation (optimisation)
  • QUIZ - Well performance prediction
  • PRACTICAL - Well performance prediction

15. Workshop: Matching the well model

  • Matching the well model (production test data analysis) Part 1 (Prosper)
  • Matching the well model (production test data analysis) Part 2 (Prosper)
  • Running sensitivities Part 1 (Prosper)
  • Running sensitivities Part 2 (Prosper)
  • Exporting lift curves (VLPs) & IPR (Prosper)

16. Workshop: More complex IPR modelling

  • More complex inflow (IPR) modelling (Darcy and Skin) Part 1 (Prosper)
  • More complex inflow (IPR) modelling (Darcy and Skin) Part 2 (Prosper)

17. Workshop: Sensitivity analysis

  • Running gradient traverse (outflow) sensitivities (Prosper)
  • Running reservoir performance (inflow) sensitivities (Prosper)
  • Building a water injector and exporting lift curves (Prosper)
  • Naturally flowing well – workflow summary (Prosper)

18. Introduction to Artificial Lift Systems

  • Introduction to artificial lift
  • Origins and classification of artificial lift methods
  • Sucker rod pump (SRP) overview
  • Progressive cavity pump (PCP) overview
  • Electric submersible pump (ESP) overview
  • Hydraulic submersible pump (HSP) overview
  • Jet pump overview
  • Gas lift system overview
  • Artificial lift summary and selection criteria
  • QUIZ - Principles of Artificial Lift

19. Gas lift key concepts

  • Gas lift key concepts
  • Gas lift well performance curves
  • Introduction to gas lift design
  • QUIZ - Gas lift concepts

20. Gas lift design and VLPs

  • Gas lift unloading process (introduction)
  • Gas lift unloading process (detailed)
  • Gas-lift lift curves (VLPs)

21. Workshop: Gas lift design and sensitivities

  • Simple gas lift design (fixed depth of injection) (Prosper)
  • Simple gas lift design (fixed CHP) (Prosper)
  • Detailed gas lift design (well unloading) Part 1 (Prosper)
  • Detailed gas lift design (well unloading) Part 2 (Prosper)
  • Running gas lift sensitivities (gas lift performance curves) (Prosper)
  • Exporting gas-lift lift curves (Prosper)
  • Gas lift design workflow summary (Prosper)

22. Gas lift equipment and valve calculations

  • Gas lift equipment overview
  • Gas lift valve operation and equations
  • Gas lift valve equations (summary and typical values)
  • Gas lift valve calculations (dome pressure and TRO)
  • Gas lift valve calculations (example)
  • Gas lift valve performance
  • Gas lift valve running and pulling procedure

23. Gas lift diagnosis

  • Gas lift well diagnosis
  • QUIZ - Gas lift unloading, design and valve performance
  • PRACTICAL - Gas lift systems
  • Gas lift well diagnosis (Part 1) (Prosper)
  • Gas lift well diagnosis (Part 2) (Prosper)

24. ESP key concepts and performance curves

  • Electric submersible pumps (ESPs) - background and key concepts
  • ESP performance fundamentals - head and dP pump (part 1)
  • ESP performance fundamentals - head and dP pump (part 2)
  • ESP pump performance curves (part 1)
  • ESP pump performance curves (part 2)
  • ESP pump performance curves (part 3)
  • ESP pump naming conventions
  • QUIZ - ESP concepts and operation
  • ESP pump curve calculations (metric units)
  • ESP pump curve calculations (oilfield units)

25. ESP equipment overview

  • ESP system components
  • ESP impeller types
  • ESP equipment overview (pump section)
  • ESP equipment overview (seal, motor and cables)
  • ESP electrical system overview
  • ESP motor performance curves and affinity laws

26. ESP design and senstivities

  • ESP design overview
  • ESP design (alternative calculation method)
  • ESP design (equipment selection)
  • ESP design (limitations and effect of setting depth)
  • ESP design (well or system curve)
  • ESP lift curves (VLPs)
  • QUIZ - ESP equipment and design

27. Workshop: ESP design and senstivities

  • ESP design (part 1) – database and pump performance curves (Prosper)
  • ESP design (part 2) – input data and calculations (Prosper)
  • ESP design (part 3) – initial pump, motor and cable selection (Prosper)
  • ESP design (part 4) – optimising the pump design flowrate (Prosper)
  • ESP design (part 5) – effect of ESP setting depth (Prosper)
  • Exporting ESP lift curves (Prosper)
  • Running ESP sensitivities – Part 1 (Prosper)
  • Running ESP sensitivities – Part 2 (Prosper)
  • ESP design and sensitivities - workflow summary (Prosper)

28. ESP operations, control and optimisation

  • ESP operations (drawdown control on start up)
  • ESP operations (start up with high and low fluid levels)
  • ESP control (alarms and trips)
  • ESP runlife optimisation

29. ESP diagnosis

  • ESP diagnosis principles (introduction)
  • ESP diagnosis principles (monitored variables and key points)
  • ESP diagnosis (case history 1)
  • ESP diagnosis (case history 2)
  • ESP diagnosis (case history 3)
  • ESP diagnosis (case history 4)
  • ESP diagnosis (case history 5)
  • QUIZ - ESP operations and diagnosis
  • PRACTICAL - ESP systems

30. Workshop: ESP diagnosis and performance analysis

  • ESP performance analysis (Prosper)
  • Adding an ESP pump to the database (Prosper)
  • ESP well diagnosis (Prosper)

31. PCP key concepts and performance curves

  • Progressive cavity pumps (PCPs) - background and key concepts
  • PCP performance fundamentals
  • PCP pump performance curves
  • PCP pump naming conventions

32. PCP design and operation

  • PCP design overview
  • PCP operation

33. Workshop: PCP design and sensitivities

  • Adding a PCP pump to the database (Prosper)
  • PCP design and sensitivities (Prosper)

34. Course final examination

  • EXAM - Artificial lift well modelling with Prosper
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