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PE Distinguished Seminar: Unconventional Well Applications – Challenges for Artificial Lift

November 30, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Francisco Alhanati from CFERAlhanati photo

Unconventional well applications – Challenges for artificial lift

Unconventional well applications present several challenges for artificial lift.  The rapid production decline usually makes it necessary for operators to change the lift system after certain time, and minimizing the costs associated with these changes is paramount.  The deep, long horizontal well configuration also creates additional difficulties.  Landing a downhole pump deep in the well, to achieve higher drawdowns, may be associated with higher failure rates, due to the additional loads on the pumping system equipment through the deviated sections.  The well often produces in slugs, which is problematic for downhole pumps to handle.  Finally, the large number of wells in a single asset makes it necessary for the operator to implement special surveillance systems, to allow “management by exception”.

In this lecture, all these aspects will be discussed in some detail, along with solutions being developed by suppliers and implemented by operators in the main basins in the USA and in Canada.


Francisco has been the Managing Director of C-FER since 2012.  He moved to Canada and joined the company in 1997, after working for Petrobras in Brazil for fourteen years (1983-1996).  In his current role at C-FER, he acts as the chief executive officer for the company. Nevertheless, he continues to provide senior technical advice to a variety of projects, and to nurture long-term relations with key clients, including identification of their R&D needs and preparation of technical proposals to meet their requirements.  Francisco holds a Ph.D. degree in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Tulsa. He is a recipient of the 2013 SPE Production and Operations international award, for his outstanding technical contributions to petroleum engineering in this area.  


November 30, 2018
10:00 am - 11:00 am
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Marquez Hall
1600 Arapahoe St.
Golden, CO 80401 United States


Room Number
MZ 108