Comprehensive review of artificial lift system applications in tight formations

Oladoyin Kolawole, Talal Gamadi, Denny Bullard

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

16 Scopus citations


The artificial lift system (AL) is the most efficient production technique in optimizing production from unconventional horizontal oil and gas wells. Nonetheless, due to declining reservoir pressure during the production life of a well, artificial lifting of oil and gas remains a critical issue. Notwithstanding the attempt by several studies in the past few decades to understand and develop cutting-edge technologies to optimize the application of artificial lift in tight formations, there remains differing assessments of the best approach, AL type, optimum time and conditions to install artificial lift during the life of a well. This report presents a comprehensive review of artificial lift systems application with specific focus on tight oil and gas formations across the world. The review focuses on thirty-three (33) successful and unsuccessful field-tests in unconventional horizontal wells over the past few decades. The purpose is to apprise the industry and academic researchers on the various AL optimization approaches that have been used and suggest AL optimization areas where new technologies can be developed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationSociety of Petroleum Engineers - SPE Eastern Regional Meeting 2019, ERM 2019
PublisherSociety of Petroleum Engineers (SPE)
ISBN (Electronic)9781613996768
StatePublished - 2019
Externally publishedYes
EventSPE Eastern Regional Meeting 2019, ERM 2019 - Charleston, United States
Duration: Oct 15 2019Oct 17 2019

Publication series

NameSPE Eastern Regional Meeting


ConferenceSPE Eastern Regional Meeting 2019, ERM 2019
Country/TerritoryUnited States

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Engineering


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