SPE OKC - February Production Study Group

When:  Feb 24, 2021 from 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM (CT)
Associated with  Oklahoma City Section
SPE OKC February Production Study Group

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Abstract Rod lifting deep, heavily loaded, deviated wells has created a significant challenge to well operators. With improved sucker rod manufacturing techniques and better materials, well operators have been able to push sucker rods past their previous limits. We will be discussing advancements in sucker rod manufacturing, newly accepted sucker loading factors, material selection and recommended practice for designing deviated wells.


Russell Stevens , Technical Services Manager With over 35 years in the artificial lift field, Russell Stevens has specialized in design, optimization, and failure analysis for sucker rod lift systems. An accomplished problem-solver with demonstrated knowledge and experience, Stevens has helped oil & gas companies around the World initiate and implement programs that identify and reduce failures associated with the artificial lift system. Russell is highly competent in areas of materials selection, design and optimization, sucker rod inspection and quality systems, corrosion and failure cause analysis. Stevens is responsible for reciprocating rod lift design and optimization, training, and failure analysis. He is a member of SPE, NACE, ASM and API’s Sub-Committee 11 on “Field Operating Equipment.” He served on various API Task Groups concerning the specifications and recommended practices for pumping units, subsurface pumps and sucker rods and is the past chairman for the newly revised API 11B on sucker rod specifications. In 2014, Russell was the recipient of the JC Slonneger Award presented by the Southwestern Petroleum Short Course and sponsored by the Petroleum Industry of West Texas in cooperation with the Texas Tech’s Department of Petroleum Engineering.

Gary Abdo , Product & R&D Manager Gary began his career in the oilfield after graduating with a mechanical engineering degree from Oklahoma State University. With 22 years of experience in reciprocating rod lift (RRL), Gary has helped design and optimize RRL systems all over the world. He specializes in designing and optimizing deviated and directional wells and has helped developed rod guide product lines for Norris, NOV and Weatherford. He has expert knowledge of sucker rods, material selection, design optimization, guide placement and root cause failure analysis. He has developed RRL training programs including SROD and Rodstar design classes, sucker rod failure analysis, design optimization, sucker rod and rod guide material selection, rod guide well design, and care and handling.

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