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PCP System Design and Performance Optimization

Course Overview:

This course can be customized and tailored to the needs of the client. Course offerings can contain any or all of the following:

  • PC-PUMP software training
  • Introduction to PCP systems
  • PCP system theory
  • Design and optimization of downhole PCP systems
  • Failure analysis of PCP systems
  • Advanced topics (which includes application considerations such as gas, solids, high viscosity fluids, and high temperatures), monitoring, and troubleshooting

Duration: 1 - 5 Days, depending on level of content

Who Should Attend:

This course has been developed for engineers and other personnel who deal with the design and operation of downhole progressing cavity pumping systems. This includes completion and production technologists, and the staff of equipment manufacturers and vendors. A comprehensive set of course notes is provided.

You Will Learn:

Depending on the course level chosen, students will:

PCP Theory:

  • Have an understanding of what a PCP is, how it works, and how it is used in downhole applications;
  • Know how PCPs are manufactured, and understand how parts of the manufacturing process can have an impact on pump performance;
  • Recognize the effect that elastomer selection and elastomer properties can have on pump reliability and performance;
  • Be aware of the benefits and limitations of PCPs, and of the basic issues which can have an impact on the performance of a PCP in various important applications;
  • Understand how PCPs are tested, how the test results are interpreted, and how downhole performance may be different from test bench performance;
  • Know the issues which must be considered in selecting a PCP for downhole applications, and in designing the whole production system;
  • Be able to identify the major failure mechanisms for PCPs; and
  • Be aware of many of the accessories for PCPs which are on the market, and what their uses and advantages might be.

PC-PUMP Software Training:

  • Know how to input a well design into PC‐PUMP;
  • Understand how to interpret the results from PC‐PUMP;
  • Be able to use the software for optimization of wells; and
  • Be aware of the features of the program which may be used by oil companies, or by vendors selling pumps to them.

Advanced Topics:

  • Have an understanding of the unique challenges associated with the use of PCPs in the following applications:
    • High curvature wells
    • High solids production wells
    • High-temperature wells
    • High gas rate wells
    • High viscosity wells

PCP System Failure Analysis:

  • Gain an understanding of failure terminology;
  • Be able to describe and identify common failure mechanisms;
  • Have the opportunity for a hands-on observation of failed components;
  • Be able to identify root cause and contributing factors;
  • Participate in discussions on possible root causes and remedial actions;
  • Analyze design considerations and operational practices to avoid failures;
  • Understand monitoring and control systems;
  • Be aware of pump inspection practices;
  • Have an understanding of failure nomenclature standards;
  • Understand equipment reliability theory;
  • Have a strong knowledge of industry Run-Life measures;
  • Understand data collection best practices;
  • Apply data analysis best practices; and
  • Obtain an overview of benchmarking analyses.

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