Artificial Lift Research and Technology Center

Solve complex production challenges with reliable artificial lift technology

The Baker Hughes Artificial Lift Research and Technology Center (ALRTC) opened February 20, 2014 in Claremore, Oklahoma. With an investment of more than USD 60 million, this facility was designed to help solve today’s production challenges.

But, that’s not all.

The ALRTC—the industry’s premier artificial lift technology center—makes it possible for engineers to look 20 years into the future and anticipate industry demands and obstacles.

And then create, develop, and test solutions to those problems.

By locating the ALRTC adjacent to the Baker Hughes artificial lift product center, engineers from R&D, Manufacturing, Quality, and Reliability teams can work synergistically to:

  • Develop technology to increase ESP system reliability in harsh production environments with high intervention costs
  • Accelerate new product development and commercialization
  • Conduct system integration testing prior to field installation
  • Test alternative intervention methods to reduce OPEX
  • Meet material traceability requirements

The ALRTC features unmatched equipment and system testing options in a wide variety of simulated downhole conditions. At the core of the center are vertical test wells of various diameters and depths to test everything from a single electrical submersible pumping (ESP) system component to the full production system comprised of artificial lift and completion equipment.

Unlike any test facility in the world

The center’s design makes it possible to simulate system deployment and intervention capabilities. A wireline truck or a coiled tubing unit can be set up at the test well site to emulate real-world system installation and retrieval.

Other notable capabilities of the center include:

  • Fully-equipped control room for test monitoring
  • Customer test viewing rooms
  • Dedicated assembly and teardown area
  • Research areas with laboratories dedicated to fiber optics, electronics, calibration, and prototypes
  • Fully-functioning assembly, testing, and teardown areas adjacent to the test wells
  • Motor-winding area, welding shop, and machine shop

The ALRTC’s functionality means new system assembly, testing, and teardown operates with complete independence from the manufacturing facility. This prevents disruptions to manufacturing production schedules and enables faster commercialization of new artificial lift technologies.

With the combination of the ALRTC, three legacy test wells, and five application-specific flow loops, no artificial lift company in the world can match the R&D capabilities of Baker Hughes. Research and development engineers can work in close communication with manufacturing, quality, and reliability engineers to ensure delivery of the best products for every application.

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