SPE Online Education
API and ISO Standards for Artificial Lift
Recorded On: 11/08/2021
The Chinese proverb says, “The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” There are many steps in the long journey toward maximizing performance and run life of artificial lift systems, including proper installation, operation, training, surveillance, audits, service quality reviews, teardowns, and root cause analysis. But the very first step should be to identify the requirements for your artificial lift system and to communicate those requirements effectively to the vendor. In many cases, this is the most challenging step, largely because operators and suppliers often speak different languages.
Fortunately, International Standards are there for us to bridge that language gap. ISO defines a standard as, “a document that provides requirements, specifications, guidelines or characteristics that can be used consistently to ensure that materials, products, processes, and services are fit for their purpose.” Today, API and ISO provide such standards for ESPs, PCPs, sucker rod pumps, gas lift, and plunger lift, and API complements their standards with recommended practices that provide guidance from industry experts in the use of the technology.
In this informative webinar, the speakers provide an overview of the various API and ISO standards published for artificial lift, including the status of each, how they are developed, and how you can use them to improve your use of artificial lift systems.
This webinar is categorized under the Production and Operations technical discipline.
All content contained within this webinar is copyrighted by Anthony Allison and Greg Stephenson and its use and/or reproduction outside the portal requires express permission from Anthony Allison and Greg Stephenson.
Anthony Allison (Moderator)
Anthony Allison is a Senior Artificial Lift Advisor for Occidental Oil & Gas, where he provides in-house support for the analysis, optimization, and troubleshooting of sucker rod pumps globally. He has thirteen years of experience with sucker rod pumping systems, and currently serves as chairman of API Subcommittee 11, which oversees standards related to artificial lift equipment. Anthony has previously served as chair of the SPE Artificial Lift Conference and Exhibition-Americas and as an SPE Distinguished Lecturer. He holds a bachelor's degree in Electronics Engineering Technology and master's degree in Petroleum Engineering, both from Texas A&M University.
Senior Engineering Advisor for Artificial Lift, Occidental
Greg Stephenson is a Senior Engineering Advisor for Artificial Lift in Occidental Petroleum’s Worldwide Engineering and Operations Group in Houston, Texas. In this role, he provides technical support, mentoring and training for multiple artificial lift techniques. Stephenson specializes in the various aspects of artificial lift, production surveillance, automation and optimization. He has taught numerous industry courses throughout the world and written a variety of technical papers and publications on the subject. In addition to his work at Oxy, Stephenson currently serves on the JPT Editorial Committee; he serves on the SPE Production and Facilities Advisory Board; he served as the Program Chairperson for the 2018 SPE Artificial Lift Conference and Exhibition – Americas; he serves on the board of directors of the Artificial Lift Research and Development Council; and he chairs API Task Group 19G, which manages 25 product standards, recommended practices and technical reports related to artificial lift technology. Stephenson holds a BS in Petroleum Engineering from Texas Tech University.
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