Welcome to TUHWALP

The vast majority of new wells being drilled for both oil and gas production are horizontal wells. At some point most of these wells will require artificial lift to produce the liquid hydrocarbons and/or dewater the gas wells, but artificial lift of horizontal wells presents many challenges. Artificial lift can be particularly challenging in the shale assets in which the wells are often deep with long lateral sections.

The Artificial Lift R&D Council (ALRDC) had invited a large number of companies to address these challenges. After several meetings, ALRDC with a group of large number of companies has decided to address the problems in a consortium format and selected The University of Tulsa (TU) as the host institution for the consortium.

TU has formed the Tulsa University Horizontal Well Artificial Lift Projects (TUHWALP) to address the challenges of horizontal wells and develop new methods and understandings for advancing artificial lift of these wells. TUHWALP started its activities effective July 1, 2012 and currently has 16 members. The mission of TUHWALP is to work cooperatively in the Petroleum Industry to advance the knowledge and effectiveness of people who design and operate horizontal oil and gas production wells and develop recommended practices for artificial lift of horizontal wells.  TUHWALP will make recommendations to improve the design and operability of artificial lift for horizontal wells, make recommendations to improve the selection, deployment, operation, monitoring, control, and maintenance of artificial lift equipment and recommend artificial lift practices to optimize recovery of oil, natural gas, and associated liquids from horizontal wells.

Below, you will find detailed information on TUHWALP. Please do not hesitate to contact me directly if you need further information about TUHWALP.

Cem Sarica
Director of TUHWALP