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Plunger Lift
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 plunger lift systems for their fields and reservoirs.

COURSE DESCRIPTIONThe application of plunger lift spans gas and oil wells in conventional, unconventional, onshore, and offshore assets. It is one of the most economical artificial lift methods and allows the life of well lift-possibilities when selected and applied correctly. Trainees receive a thorough understanding of plunger lift technology and related concepts. Examples and class problems, animations, and videos reinforce the concepts under discussion. A special feature of this course is a discussion of digital oilfields and a brief review of machine learning applications in plunger lift operations.


  • Develop a clear understanding of what a plunger lift is, how it works, and when it gets used in oil and gas wells.
  • Understand benefits and limitations of plunger lift against other lift forms during well’s life cycle.
  • Identify surface and subsurface equipment that enable plunger lift.
  • Understand well-evaluation and plunger-lift design criteria.
  • Be aware of optimization practices for trouble-free operation.
  • Understand emerging areas of machine learning applicable to plunger lift.


  • Pre-Test
  • Introduction
    • Artificial Lift: When / Why / What of Lift Mechanisms; Types
    • How Plunger Lift differs from other lift forms.
  • Liquid Loading and Deliquiification Concepts
  • Well Life Cycles and Plunger Applicability vis a vis other lift methods
  • Plunger Lift Advantages and Limitations
  • Surface and Subsurface Equipment overview
  • Continuous versus Conventional Plunger Lift
  • Plunger Lift Evaluation & Design Calculations
  • Plunger Lift Optimization Algorithms
  • Plunger Lift Advanced Applications
    • Unconventional Well Applications
    • PAGL – Plunger Assisted Gas Lift
    • GAPL – Gas Assisted Plunger Lift
    • Staged Plunger Lift
  • Digital Oilfield for Plunger Lift
  • Machine Learning Applications in Plunger Lift
  • Post-test