DL JJ Xiao

Distinguished Lecturer Program

JJ Xiao

El lunes 13 de mayo de 2019 en las instalaciones del Centro Regional de Estudios (CRE) del Centro Técnico Administrativo de Pemex en Villahermosa, Tabasco, la SPE Sección México recibió al conferencista distinguido J.J. Xiao con la conferencia “Enhancing production with Electric Submersible Pumps (ESP) -  Challenges and Solutions” El evento registro una asistencia de 100 personas que siguieron la conferencia distinguida a través del evento webinar, ligas de transmisión, Facebook live y de manera presencial 85 personas. 

Una vez concluida la presentación el conferencista distinguido respondió una serie de preguntas de los asistentes y enviadas a través de los medios de difusión, al finalizar las preguntas el Dr. José Luis Bashbush Technical Program Chaiperson de la SPE Sección México entregó un reconocimiento a JJ Xiao de parte de la mesa directiva, agradeciendo su participación en el tour 2018-2019 el cual es un canal de difusión de conocimiento para nuestros miembros.


ESP is a mature artificial lift technology having been in existence for at least 80 years. Yet its applications are still engineering intensive, and numerous challenges still remain. Two significant ones topping the list are run life and intervention cost. The run life of ESPs is still far from desirable. This is particularly true for fields with high H2S concentration. Most ESPs today are installed and replaced with workover rigs with jointed pipes. To replace a failed ESP, the waiting time for a workover rig can be long and the workover time and cost can be high, especially for offshore fields. This presentation first provides insights on the leading causes of ESP failures revealed through Dismantle Inspection Failure Analysis (DIFA) of hundreds failed ESPs. It then leads the audience through the research, development, trial tests of new technologies targeting 10-years of ESP run life and 1-day ESP replacement. It shows how subsea technology can be adopted to re-engineer the ESP power delivery system to bring about a whole new level of reliability. To move away from workover rig utilization, a novel rigless cable-deployed ESP system was developed. The presentation also highlights new techniques being developed to address other challenges such as slim well completion. Experience and technologies discussed in this presentation are applicable for operators worldwide. It is evident that when it comes to ESP challenges, operators cannot be passive. It is critical to actively engage and collaborate with service providers to turn challenges into opportunities.


Dr. JJ Xiao is a Petroleum Engineering Consultant working in Saudi Aramco’s Advanced Research Center. He is the focus area champion for artificial lift, leading a team of multi-discipline researchers to catalyze the industry, innovate, develop, trial test and commercialize cutting edge artificial lift technologies to improve system reliability, operational efficiency, and to expand system capabilities into ever challenging field applications. Prior to joining Saudi Aramco in 2003, JJ spent 10 years with Amoco and later BP-Amoco, working on multiphase flow, flow assurance and deepwater production engineering. He received both his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Tulsa, Tulsa, OK. JJ has authored 40 technical publications including journal and conference papers. He holds 9 patents and has additional 27 patent applications under processing.

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