Understanding Gas Lift

Mastering Gas Lift Activation Method | Est. Length: 1:30hr

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According to many industry experts, Gas Lift is the least understood artificial lift method, but the reason behind that is not its complexity. The issue is that when you do things wrong on other artificial lift methods (e.g. ESP) your well will stop producing, a Gas Lift well will often keep on producing even with a bad design. Hence many operators often do not realize that their Gas Lift well is not producing at its full potential and don’t pay attention to it. There is therefore a very significant potential for production increase by understanding the principles of Gas Lift and this is a huge opportunity for any engineer willing to master this activation method.

This class will present you the different forms of Gas Lift that you can find in the oil industry.

Course Curriculum:

Forms of Gas Lift:

  • Gas Lift system
  • Gas Lift principle & continuous Gas Lift
  • Intermittent Gas Lift
  • Plunger lift
  • Chamber lift
  • Dual Gas Lift completion
  • Concentric Gas Lift
  • Self Gas Lift
  • Annular flow
  • Side string injection
  • Pig lift
  • Packerless Gas Lift
  • Gas Lift as a backup for ESP
  • Gas Lift & jet or hydraulic piston pump

This course is designed for:

  • Production, Petroleum or Well Performance Engineers to explore the possible Gas Lift configurations available for their wells
  • Field Production Personnel to understand the principle of activation of their Gas Lift wells and what parameters they should pay attention to
  • Completion or Surface Facilities Engineers to understand what they can do to help designing and optimizing the right Gas Lift configuration for each well.


  • Understanding of the well production mechanisms (inflow & outlfow) is preferred
  • Basic knowledge of well architecture
  • Awareness of the oilfield terms

Course Objectives:

Participants will acquire a good knowledge of the existing forms of Gas Lift activation. Pros & cons of each configuration will be discussed giving the participants the ability judge if a better form of Gas Lift is available for their well.

Bonus Material:

  • The full video “Introduction to Gas Lift” (18 min) from my course “Introduction to Artificial Lift”
  • Gas Lift presentation video from Weatherford
  • Simplified version of the slides presented in the course

Your Instructor

Damien Leonard
Damien Leonard

With 10 years of professional experience in the industry, Damien is recognized subject matter expert in Well Performance topics, especially Gas Lift.

Damien holds a master degree from the top ranked French Engineering School “Ecole des Ponts ParisTech”.

He started his career working on Lean Management. From there he developed a culture of Optimization and Continuous Improvement. He then worked in Business and Management Consulting, which gave him a good culture of Performance. He capitalized on those experiences to improve Production while working in the Oil and Gas industry. He went through field position where he learned to optimize well production with a “hands-on” approach. Then he was selected to provide support by working as the Head of Well Performance for his company. There he showed fast progress and achieved significant production increase, not only on gas lifted wells, but also when working on Matrix Stimulation, ESP or other Activation Methods, Surface Debottlenecking, Well Intervention etc.

He is a Gas Lift instructor in his company where he was the first to provide an in-house training that received most positive feedback from its participants.

Damien is known for sharing the information and the knowledge with the people working with him. He gives himself the target of helping his colleagues to improve their analytic level as well as their general knowledge of the industry.

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
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What if I am unhappy with the course?
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