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Mission Statement

Production and Lift Technology provides a broad spectrum of services to the oil and gas industry. PL Tech is based on the core belief that training, analysis, and proactive implementation of best practices will provide production enhancements, reduce LOE, and effectively manage multiple data streams. Improvements in these areas can bring financial benefits to help insulate from price volatility that creates CAPEX and OPEX uncertainties. PL Tech will always focus on application, knowledge transfer, and long term asset value.

Locations Served

Locations serviced include Houston, Midland, Oklahoma City and San Antonio, plus other areas around the country.

Meet the Team

Dr. Lea is currently teaching industry courses in all areas of Artificial Lift, Gas Well Dewatering and Nodal Analysis as well as consulting work in these areas. He was Chairperson of the Petroleum Engineering Department of Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas for 7 years and was formerly the team leader of Production Optimization and Artificial Lift at Amoco EPTG in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where he was employed for 21 years. He has over 100 publications on various subjects dealing primarily with Artificial Lift and Production Optimization. He is Chairman of the Board of the Artificial Lift Research and Development Council (ALRDC). He is recipient of the 1996 SPE International Production Award received the Legends of Artificial Lift Awards from the SPE in 2014. He is also the recipient of the J.C. Slonneger award from the SWPSC for outstanding contributions to artificial lift. Jim co-authored the “Gas Well Deliquification” by Lea, Nickens, & Wells, author of Chapter 16 in the book “Petroleum Well Construction” and chapter 16 of “Artificial Lift Completions.” He is the author of the chapter in the new SPE Production Handbook on “Artificial Lift Selection.” He was very instrumental in starting the annual forum on Gas Well Deliquification which is now an annual event in Denver. He is a member of the SPE and has served on many SPE committees related to artificial lift. He has co-authored the World Oil articles on “What’s New in Artificial Lift” for over 20 years, including “What’s New in Electrical Submersible Pumping.” Jim received his PhD from SMU in 1980 and is a registered professional engineer in Texas.

Mike Brock has 35 years of engineering and operational management experience with ARCO and BP in the Permian Basin, working in primary, secondary and tertiary recovery projects. He has worked extensively with oil and gas well rod pump operations in the areas of design, failure analysis, and production optimization. He has conducted numerous pumper schools, rod pumping design and optimization courses, and service rig care and handling classes for multiple operators in the Permian Basin. Eagle Ford, Bakken, San Juan Basin, and East Texas fields. He is an active member of the Permian Basin Artificial Lift Group, Southwestern Petroleum Short Course Board of Directors, and Sucker Rod Workshop steering committee. Mike was the recipient of the SWPSC Duane Crawford Service Award in 2003 and the Slonneger Award in 2013. He has a BS in Petroleum Engineering from Texas Tech University.

Dan Phillips has 38 years in the oil and gas industry working in Oklahoma, Kansas, New Mexico, and Texas fields.  31 years were spent with ConocoPhillips and the past 5 years with EOG Resources.  Dan has spent the last 10 years in a variety of roles with much time focused on training both operations and engineering staffs how to design, operate, and optimize rod pump systems.  At Conoco/ConocoPhillips Dan operated, designed, optimized, analyzed failures, and repaired wells in operations supervision and engineering team roles.  He was a DuPont Engineering Excellence and Archimedes Award winner.  At EOG Resources Dan started up and supervised the first production operations run company owned pump shop in the San Antonio Division.  Through software programmers he developed and implemented EOG’s first failure analysis software application and process.  Dan developed a rod pump design, operations, and optimization course co-taught with Mark Garrett where 347 EOG personnel from all across USA and Canada were trained.  Dan has presented and taught plunger lift, rod pump and failure analysis courses at the SWPSC, PBALF, Denver Gas Well Deliquification Forum, as well as several producer hosted and SPE workshops.  Dan has served the past 4 years on the API 11 committee for sucker rod lift equipment, co-authored articles for World Oil Magazine, has been a member of SPE since 1996 and co-authored the SPE Petroleum Engineering Handbook Chapter on Plunger Lift Design and Optimization.

Rob Vincent has over 35 years of experience in the oil and gas industry, predominantly with Texaco/Chevron throughout North America, Oxy in the Permian Basin and California, and Williams/WPX in the Piceance Basin. Rob brings a diverse engineering background to the table, having operated everything from deep, hot and sour gas wells in the Williston Basin to primary, secondary and tertiary projects in the Rocky Mountains and Permian Basin, and from large steam floods in California to cold, heavy oil production in Northern Canada, and most recently, to deliquifying gas wells in Western Colorado. He has worked extensively in the design, operation and troubleshooting of most forms of artificial lift; root cause failure analysis; field development planning and execution; and writing procedures and supervising completions, stimulations, maintenance and other downhole work. He enjoys mentoring young engineers to help them apply both engineering fundamentals and pursue leading-edge knowledge beyond the textbook to solve technical challenges. He has developed presentations and taught courses in the subjects of rod pumping design for challenging wells, impact of wellbore deviation on artificial lift, root cause failure analysis of infant failures, gas lifting gas wells, and horizontal well completions. Rob has been a member of SPE since college and held several officer positions. He is a certified Quality Engineer with the American Society for Quality, and is certified as a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt. Rob has a BSc degree in Petroleum Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines.