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Hydraulic Pumping

Rajan Chokshi, PhD

INSTRUCTOR: Rajan N. Chokshi, PhD
DISCIPLINE: Engineering
COURSE LENGTH: 2 Days (Classroom) / 4 Half-Day Sessions (Live Online)
CEUS: 1.6
AVAILABILITY: Public, In-House, & Live Online


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WHO SHOULD ATTEND: Production, reservoir, completion, drilling and facilities engineers, analysts, operators, and anyone interested in learning about the implications of hydraulic lift systems for their fields and reservoirs.

COURSE DESCRIPTIONApplication of hydraulic lift is for oil and gas wells in conventional, unconventional, onshore, and offshore assets. Hydraulic lift – Jet Pumping and Piston pumping – systems are less frequently used forms of lift methods, but they work where other lift methods struggle. Hydraulic lift methods allow the life of well lift possibilities when selected and applied correctly. Trainees receive a thorough understanding of hydraulic pumping lift technologies and related concepts. Examples and class problems are solved using SNAP software. Animations and videos reinforce the concepts under discussion. A brief review of digital oilfields application in hydraulic lift is also presented.


  • Develop a clear understanding of hydraulic pumping lift system, how they work, and when they are used in oil and gas wells.
  • Understand benefits and limitations of hydraulic lift against other lift forms during well’s life cycle.
  • Develop design of jet pump using SNAP software.
  • Identify surface and subsurface equipment that enable hydraulic lift.
  • Be aware of optimization practices for trouble-free operation.


  • Pre-Test
  • Introduction
    • Artificial Lift: When / Why / What of Lift Mechanisms; Types
    • How Plunger Lift differs from other lift forms.
    • Well Life Cycles and hydraulic lift Applicability vis a vis other lift methods
  • Introduction to Hydraulic Lift
    • Deployment and retrieval methods
    • Subsurface and Surface Configurations
  • Basics of Nodal Analysis
  • Hydraulic Jet Pumps
    • Application Envelope
    • Working Principle and Internals
    • Surface Applications
    • CASE STUDY: Unconventional Applications
    • CASE STUDY: Hybrid Lift applications
    • Design and Analysis using SNAP software
  • Hydraulic Piston Pumps
    • Application Envelope
    • Working Principles and Internals
  • Digital Oilfield for hydraulic lift
  • Post-test