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Spring 2011 Course Description

This is a survey course in petroleum production engineering, beginning with the material in the textbook, and going beyond this level with the aid of other material from the literature. We will review basic production engineering material at a fairly rapid pace. In the first half of the course topics that will be covered include tubing design, separation and transportation systems, artificial lift methods, well problems and optimization. In second part of the class topics that will be covered include reservoir inflow, skin effects and formation damage, well completion performance, multiphase flow in pipes, choke and well performance. The objective is to learn principles of oil well and gas well production; design of artificial lift systems and surface operations, identify field problems associated with enhanced oil recovery operations. Sometime during the semester we will arrange a field trip to a nearby oil production facility.

Course Outline
PART I: (Lectures 1, 8 - 14)
Introduction to production engineering. Well tubing Separation Systems Three phase separation Gas dehydration operations

Transportation Systems Piping systems Pumping operations Compressor operations

Artificial Methods Sucker rod pumping Electrical submersible pumps Gas well operation Other artificial lift methods

Well problem identification

PART II: (Lectures 2-7)

Review of reservoir inflow (vertical and horizontal wells). Skin effects and formation damage. Well completion performance. Multiphase flow in pipes and well performance. Nodal analysis Production optimization

Course Details
Reference text: o B. Guo, W. Lyons, A. Ghalambor, Petroleum Production Engineering, A ComputerAssisted Approach, Gulf Publication, 2007. o The programs can be downloaded from the publishers website:
Additional useful references: o o M. J. Economides, A. D. Hill, and C. Ehlig-Economides, Petroleum Production Systems, M. Golan, C Whitson, Well performance, Second edition. Prentice Hall publication, 1991.

Prentice Hall publication, 1994.

Homework: Homework assignments will be given at every meeting-due the next meeting. Grading: Grading is based on: o o o o 20% homework 25% mid-term 25% final 30% term project

Mid-term date: TBD

Final date: TBD

Instructors: PART I: Brad Pierce ( PART II: Ehsan S. Tajer (

Meeting dates: Fri. 6-7:40 pm Meeting place: TBA Term project: Details of term project will be posted on DEN.

Homework Answer Guidelines

For the answers to homework problems, you must follow these guidelines: 1) The method and equations used to solve the problem must be presented. The result from each step does not need to be shown; however all the important equations used must be shown. 2) The input values used in each equation if it was not given must be stated and shown. 3) Any assumptions made in calculations with reasoning for it must be stated. 4) All the input values should be collected and presented in a table in a spreadsheet. 5) All the results should be collected and presented in a table in a spreadsheet. 6) All the plots or graphs must be done in a spreadsheet with axis and plot labeled. 7) All the plots and tables must be labeled. 8) All the units must be shown for each important variable. Any unit conversion must be shown clearly. Points will be deducted for any of above guidelines that are not followed in the homework solutions handed in. If you submit your homework by email, please use the following format for the subject of the email: PTE 578_HW#_Last Name_First Name