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Production Operations and Surface Facilities

Production Operations and Surface Facilities

Course Description

This course covers the description, applications, design, analysis and operational problems of surface production facilities. Topics include 2-phase and 3-phase separation, emulsion treatment, desalting, oil stabilization, water treatment, and storage and transportation (pipeline). It focuses on the processes (separation and emulsion treatment) and equipment used in the industry to produce clean oil

Learning Outcomes: 

  1. Understand layout of production equipment: wellhead, manifolds, separators, heater-treaters, storage tanks, pumps etc. and have  a better understanding of why the production system behaves as it does (including safety, environmental and maintenance issues)
  2. Understand the equipment design and selection/pipelines
  3. Analyze and solve surface production problems (separators, treaters, and pipeline design and selection)

How Can the Participants Get the Full Value Out of This Course?
Participants can maximize their learning experience by letting the instructor guide them through the course. However, questions or discussions are welcome and strongly encourage at any time during the lecture sessions

Course Outline:

Day Topics/Activities Material Assignments/Assessments
1 SURFACE PRODUCTION FACILITIES

  • Surface Production Facilities: Overview of oil production systems; 
  • Basic production system configuration and choosing a process
  • Introduction to Oil and Gas Separation and Processing: Review of well fluids and their characteristics; flash calculations; characterizing the flow stream; mechanism of separation; equipment description
        Manual (PDF)     Pre-Test
2 SEPARATION OF OIL AND GAS

  • Types of separators
  • Factors affecting choice of separators
  • Advantages and disadvantages of various separators
  • Stage separation
  • Separator design/sizing consideration; and potential operating problems associated with the separator
        Manual (PDF) Discussion
3 EMULSION TREATMENT AND PIPELINE SYSTEMS

  • Crude Oil/Water Treatment Systems
  • Emulsion Treatment and Emulsion Treating Equipment
  • Produced water treatment
  • Equipment sizing and theory; and design procedure
  • Piping Systems, Multiphase flow line; choosing a line size and wall thickness; pigging, slug handling
          Manual (PDF) Discussion
4 OIL MEASUREMENT AND MECHANICAL EQUIPMENT

  • Positive displacement (PD); LACT (lease automatic custody transfer)
  • Calibration and meter proving
  • Pumps, compressors, drivers; installation considerations (piping hook-up); code and standards
  • Storage tanks and tank farm operations
  • Surface Maintenance (Corrosion Control); Safety and Environmental Issues: Pipeline maintenance

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