Starting up and operating an Electrical Submersible Pump (ESP)

Guidelines for starting and operating an Electrical Submersible Pump (ESP) system.

1 Personnel

A field engineer from the pump supplier should be present whenever an Electrical Submersible Pump is to…

ESP - Cable handling

ESP - Cable handling

Proper handling and running procedures are essential to ensure cable reliability. The majority of cable failures are caused by damage resulting from improper handling.

The ESP cable is often the most…

ESP - Preparation of the Well

ESP - Preparation of the Well

Electrical Submersible Pump (ESP) completions are not as tolerant to changes in downhole conditions as other forms of artificial lift. Care must be taken to minimize the well PI impairment.

The…

ESP - handling practices

ESP -  handling practices

The following procedures on handling of equipment and cables are recommended to properly install or pull an Electrical Submersible Pump unit:

  • The Electrical Submersible Pump, motor, and cable must be…

ESP - Assembly pump / motor

ESP - Assembly pump / motor

The assembly of the Electrical Submersible Pump unit and cable connection must be carried out by the Electrical Submersible Pump (ESP) supplier's field engineer. In order to comply with the…

ESP - Safety

ESP - Safety

Close co-operation is required between the designer, drilling personnel, production personnel, engineering staff, and the representative of the  Electrical Submersible Pump supplier.

An…

ESP - Transport

ESP - Transport

The transport and handling of Electrical Submersible Pump (ESP) components should reflect the high cost and fragile nature of the equipment.

Flexing resulting in permanent distortion of the equipment…

ESP - Testing

ESP - Testing

Prior to leaving location it is recommended that a well test is carried out to the Electrical Submersible Pump using a dedicated test separator with the rig on site.

This will ensure that any…

ESP - Retrieving Electrical Sumbersible Pumps

ESP - Retrieving Electrical Sumbersible Pumps

Retrieval of an Electrical Submersible Pump (ESP) requires similar precautions to those taken during installation and some additional points should also be considered when retrieving ESPs.

Analysis of…