Traditionally the operator and the supplier of ESP systems have not necessarily had the same goals and objectives with respect to maximising ESP run life. A longer run life means reduced costs and downtime for the operator while a shorter run life provides the ESP supplier with the opportunity for equipment sales.

This paper will describe the Quality Assurance Programme which has been implemented in the Xijiang Project to ensure ESP run life maximisation. The Performance Based Contract that is being utilised between the operator and the ESP supplier will be addressed, as it is a key factor in providing the economic incentive necessary for the ESP supplier to strive to maximise ESP run life. Other key factors responsible for reducing the learning curve associated with ESP operations will be discussed. A summary of the results achieved and the conclusions reached from the implementation of the ESP Quality Assurance Programme will also be covered.

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