2021 Gas Lift Workshop

About the Event


The 2021 43rd Annual International Gas Lift Workshop will be held virtually on June 7th to 11th, 2021.

2021 General Chair: Chandran Peringod with Brunei Shell 
2021 Vice Chair: Anu Sood with ConocoPhillips 

Event Flyer – English | Event Flyer – Spanish | Event Brochure Exhibit/Sponsor

There will be Continuing Education on June 7th & 8th & Technical Presentations on June 9th to 11th.

Please Note: There will be no refunds of registration costs after May 24, 2021.

If you have an abstract you would like to submit for this event, please submit before April 15, 2021.

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Keynote Speakers

Tony Hord

Recently Retired, Formerly Completion and Well Management Principle Artificial Lift Engineer, ExxonMobil

Wednesday, June 9th | 10:30am

Tony W. Hord, Retired, Completion and Well Management Principle Artificial Lift Engineer, ExxonMobil Upstream Integrated Solutions Company.

Education: South Plains College 1974 – 1976, Texas A&M University 1977 – Engineering Technology, Specialty in Weld Design and Fabrication.

Career: In 1978 began working in the petroleum industry as a rig welder in Levelland, Texas. 1983 – 1985 started and operated a business as an independent welding contractor, T. W. Welding Service. Tony went to work for Exxon Production Company U.S.A. in August 1985 as a Production Operations Technician at The Means Field in Andrews Texas. From 1991 – 1993 he was assigned an Artificial Lift Engineering Technician in Midland Texas. 1993 – 1995 assigned as an Operations Supervisor offshore, Seal Beach California. 1995 – 1997 split time between Artificial Lift Technician (winters) and Workover Supervisor in Gillette Wyoming (summers). In 1997 he moved to Houston (HPO – Houston Production Operations) as a Subsurface Engineering Technician developing and executing fracs and stimulations in Colorado, Wyoming and New Mexico. Tony moved to Hobbs New Mexico in 2001 to become the New Mexico Field Supervisor for the ExxonMobil assets. In 2005 he moved to Lafayette, Louisiana and was the Operations Supervisor for the Inland Pecan Island and East Mud Lake areas. In August 2007 he was brought back to Houston, Texas to become the Gas Lift Coordinator for the ExxonMobil GOM assets. 2012 – 2015 Tony was a Gas Lift Advisor for the Global Gas Lift Center of Expertise. From 2015 to 2019 Tony was the Gas Lift Advisor for the Global Production Optimization Group. In 2019 He moved to the Completion and Well Management group as a Senior Technical Professional for Gas Lift and in 2020 became a Principle Artificial Lift Engineer for ExxonMobil Integrated Solutions Company.

Tony has been an active member of the API 19G Task Group since 2010 and a SPE member since 1998. He has presented at several of the ALRDC and the SPE Artificial Lift Conferences. Tony is also a co-inventor on 3 patents.

Tony retired from ExxonMobil February 1, 2021 after 35.5 years’ service.

Belle Ibanez

Shell Production Engineer Ursa TLP


Thursday, June 10th | 10:30am

After graduating from Texas A&M University in 2014, Belle joined Shell as a production engineer supporting deepwater Gulf of Mexico assets. Since then, she has worked in onshore and offshore roles and was appointed aSME in gas lift in 2019. Belle was introduced to gas lift in offshore well surveillance and troubleshooting and later got exposure to optimization, intervention, and design. Most notably, she supported the commissioning and start-up of subsea gas lift to a field in the Mars area. Belle, her fiancé Stew, and their dog Archie live in New Orleans and enjoy hiking, paddling, and are looking forward to a time we can once again travel and enjoy festivals.

Paulo J. Waltrich, PhD

Associate Professor, H. Mark Krause Jr. Professor, Craft & Hawkins Department of Petroleum Engineering Louisiana State University

Friday, June 11th | 10:30am

Paulo J. Waltrich is Associate Professor at Louisiana State University in the Craft & Hawkins Department of Petroleum Engineering and holder of the H. Mark Krause Jr. Professorship. Previously, he worked at Petrobras America in flow-assurance assignments for a deepwater field in the Gulf of Mexico, and at Whirlpool Corporation in the Corporate Innovation and Technology (CIT) division on the design and testing of innovative refrigeration systems. Waltrich’s research is recognized worldwide in the areas of multiphase flow in pipes, gas-lift systems, liquid-assisted gas-lift, liquid loading in gas wells, and worst-case-discharge calculations. Waltrich has authored and coauthored more than 50 technical papers and holds one US patent on liquid-assisted gas-lift technology. Dr. Waltrich was the recipient of the ASME 2019 Outstanding Faculty Advisor Award and received the National Best Master Thesis Prize by the Brazilian Society of Mechanical Engineering in 2009. Waltrich holds BS and MS degrees in mechanical engineering from Federal University of Santa Catarina, and a PhD degree in petroleum engineering from Texas A&M University. He is a member of Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) and American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), and is an associate editor for the journal Multiphase Technology and Science. Dr. Waltrich is the co-founder and Chief Technology Officer for Lift Well International and co-founder of the software company NovaFlow LLC.

Continuing Education Classes

ALRDC is proud to offer the following classes as part of the 2021 Gas Lift Workshop. Each day features 2 courses, split into 2 sessions designed to be taken consecutively over the two day period. Classes will be accessed through Zoom.

View Rajan Chokshi’s Session Flyer HERE

Early Bird Registration is $200 USD for both days ($250 after May 22)
Students and furloughed or laid off employees are eligible for discounts on classes. Please contact us to receive a code to use for special pricing.

June 7 | 8:00am - 4:00pm CT

Session 1

Data Analytics for Gas Lift and Facility Engineers (GL 101)
Instructor: Rajan Chokshi

View the flyer here

Data analysis means the process of cleaning, inspecting, transforming and modeling data with the goal of discovering new, useful information and supporting decision-making. In this hands-on course, the participants will learn some of the techniques and workflows applied to gas lift and production while reviewing code and practicing. The focus will be on the development of data-driven models while keeping our feet closer to the fundamental principles of gas lift.

This two-day course discusses use cases corresponding to production engineering and specifically gas-lifted wells and related facilities. The course is primarily intended for production and facilities engineers to enhance their knowledge base and technology awareness, while learning different data analysis techniques that can be applied to large data sets. After completing the course, participants will have a set of tools and some pathways to analyze and manipulate their own data in the cloud, find trends and develop data-driven models.

Teaching Approach:
Two (or time-permitting, three) problems will be presented during this virtual class using Zoom. For each, the instructor will demonstrate the solution of such a problem using a data analysis technique with Python code deployed in the Google cloud.  Trainees will have the opportunity to solve a problem and tweak solution variables using a provided data set.

Material:
Power point slides, data sets, and Python code (Jupyter/CoLab Notebook) for practical problems. For hands on exercises, we will use the Colab environment available for free through the Google cloud. Trainees will need to bring a computer with a Google Chrome browser and a Google email account (available for free).

Knowledge of Python is not a must but preferred to get full benefit.

Session 2

Unconventional Gas Lift (GL 102)
Instructors: Wayne Mabry and Larry Harms

Coming Soon!

June 8 | 8:00am - 4:00pm CT

Session 1

Data Analytics for Gas Lift and Facility Engineers (GL 101)
Instructor: Rajan Chokshi

View the flyer here

Data analysis means the process of cleaning, inspecting, transforming and modeling data with the goal of discovering new, useful information and supporting decision-making. In this hands-on course, the participants will learn some of the techniques and workflows applied to gas lift and production while reviewing code and practicing. The focus will be on the development of data-driven models while keeping our feet closer to the fundamental principles of gas lift.

This two-day course discusses use cases corresponding to production engineering and specifically gas-lifted wells and related facilities. The course is primarily intended for production and facilities engineers to enhance their knowledge base and technology awareness, while learning different data analysis techniques that can be applied to large data sets. After completing the course, participants will have a set of tools and some pathways to analyze and manipulate their own data in the cloud, find trends and develop data-driven models.

Teaching Approach:
Two (or time-permitting, three) problems will be presented during this virtual class using Zoom. For each, the instructor will demonstrate the solution of such a problem using a data analysis technique with Python code deployed in the Google cloud.  Trainees will have the opportunity to solve a problem and tweak solution variables using a provided data set.

Material:
Power point slides, data sets, and Python code (Jupyter/CoLab Notebook) for practical problems. For hands on exercises, we will use the Colab environment available for free through the Google cloud. Trainees will need to bring a computer with a Google Chrome browser and a Google email account (available for free).

Knowledge of Python is not a must but preferred to get full benefit.

Session 2

Unconventional Gas Lift (GL 102)
Instructors: Wayne Mabry and Larry Harms

Coming Soon!

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Technical Sessions & Panels

ALRDC is proud to offer the following technical sessions and panels as part of the 2021 Gas Lift Workshop. 

Early Bird Registration is $300 USD, covering admission to all three days of sessions ($350 after May 22)

Students and furloughed or laid off employees are eligible for discounts on sessions. Please contact us to receive a code to use for special pricing. 

Wednesday

8:00 – 8:30
TBA

Coming Soon

8:30 – 9:00
TBA

9:00 – 9:30
TBA

9:30 – 10:30
Exhibition

10:30 – 11:00
Keynote Speaker – Tony Hord

TBA

11:30 – 12:00
Panel Discussion
TBA

12:30 – 1:00
TBA

1:00 – 1:30
TBA

1:30 – 2:00
TBA

Thursday

8:00 – 8:30
TBA

Coming Soon

8:30 – 9:00
TBA

9:00 – 9:30
TBA

9:30 – 10:30
Exhibition

10:30 – 11:30
Keynote Speaker – Belle Ibanez

TBA

11:30 – 12:00
Panel Discussion
TBA

12:30 – 1:00
TBA

1:00 – 1:30
TBA

1:30 – 2:00
TBA

Friday

8:00 – 8:30
TBA

8:30 – 9:00
TBA

9:00 – 9:30
TBA

9:30 – 10:30
Exhibition

10:30 – 11:30
Keynote Speaker – Paulo Waltrich, PhD

TBA

11:30 – 12:00
Panel Discussion
TBA

12:30 – 1:00
TBA

1:00 – 1:30
TBA

1:30 – 2:00
TBA

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Presenter Resources

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