The Oil and Gas industry in recent years have been a great challenge for operators and aervice companies as well. This situation resulted in great opportunities to find efficiencies that can enhancement production, avoid down times and optimize operation in Electric Submersible Pump Systems (ESP). Keeping this on mind, one of the main drivers is implement procedures that can extent ESP run life, and one of the key challenges is to identify any trouble that can impact ESP performance timely so it can implement solutions to avoid failures.

The main objective was to develop a troubleshooting manual that could be used for any engineer to identify likely conditions that could be affecting negatively ESP performance and to implement solutions to minimize failure or damage beyond repair in ESP equipment.

A jointly team composed by the operator and the service company developed a troubleshooting manual to the proper identification of likely conditions that could be impacting the production and performance of ESP systems. This was achieved using monitoring information, tear down evidence, setting configuration and building a database with all the information in order to group similar cases to identify the best ways to respond to any anomaly in ESP behavior.

This procedure was implemented in the field that have an average of 450 active wells with 93% being ESP systems, by socializing it with all the parties that participate in ESP troubleshooting to guarantee a proper handling of any occurrence.

The main purpose of the creation of this procedure was to avoid failures associated with ESP operation conditions that could result in early failure; this is measured with the Failure Index (IF) that means the number of average interventions in an ESP field related to the average number of active wells in the same period.

The implementation resulted in awareness in all the personnel that when best practices are followed there are better chances of field KPI improvements and savings, in this case the Failure Index of the field was reduced from 0.4 to 0.18 attributed to technology and best practices implementation as well.

This paper aims to present the most relevant analyzed cases, the procedures implemented and the results in FI after implementation as well of recommendations to any party interested in implement similar projects in their operations.

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