Oil and Gas

Oil and Gas | Facilities and Surface Operations

Introduction to Natural Gas Gathering and Processing

Course Code: N612
Instructors:  Dale Kraus
Course Outline:  Download
Format and Duration
2 days


This course is designed to familiarize participants with the basic aspects of behavior and characteristics of natural gas, and the common processes and equipment used in gas gathering and processing.


Great course! Clear and to the point. Perfect for gaining a basic understanding of natural gas processing and the individual processes used throughout.

Duration and Training Method

This is a two-day course comprising lectures with real-world examples. It provides participants with 1.6 CEUs (Continuing Education Credits) or 16 PDHs (Professional Development Hours).

Course Overview

Participants will learn to:

  1. Recognize the types and characteristics of natural gas.
  2. Describe how gas separators work.
  3. Describe the components of gas pipelines.
  4. List the types of gas compression.
  5. Explain the role of sweetening in gas processing.
  6. Explain the process of gas dehydration.
  7. Explain the role of hydrocarbon liquids recovery systems.
  8. List the utilities needed to run a gas processing system.

Day One

  1. Characteristics of Natural Gas
  2. Vapour / Liquid Separation
  3. Well Lease Equipment
  4. Pipelines
  5. Field Facilities
  6. Satellites
Day Two
  1. Gas Compession / Sweetening / Dehydration
  2. Pumps
  3. Dew Point Control / Liquids Recovery / Fractionation / Stabilization
  4. Sulphur Recovery / Acid Gas Injection
  5. Utilities
  6. Sales Considerations

This course is designed for technical, operations and maintenance personnel involved in gas gathering and processing who have had limited exposure in this area, or for staff in other areas who require a comprehensive overview of gas gathering and processing. It is not intended for Facility Engineers with more than two years of experience.

Dale Kraus

Dale Kraus earned a Degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Saskatchewan in 1981.  He has held Facility Engineering and Operations Management experience with several major multinational oil companies for 20 years, and, most recently, has been providing consulting services to the Oil & Gas Industry.  He has a broad background in Upstream Facilities and Process Engineering, coupled with extensive Operational experience gained in the Field.

Affiliations and Accreditation
BSc University of Saskatchewan - Chemical Engineering
Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta - Member
Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Saskatchewan - Member

Courses Taught
N611: Introduction to Crude Oil Gathering and Processing
N612: Introduction to Natural Gas Gathering and Processing
N613: Natural Gas Processing - Dehydration, Refrigeration, and Fractionation

CEU: 1.6 Continuing Education Units
PDH: 16 Professional Development Hours
Certificate: Certificate Issued Upon Completion
RPS is accredited by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET) and is authorized to issue the IACET CEU. We comply with the ANSI/IACET Standard, which is recognised internationally as a standard of excellence in instructional practices.
We issue a Certificate of Attendance which verifies the number of training hours attended. Our courses are generally accepted by most professional licensing boards/associations towards continuing education credits. Please check with your licensing board to determine if the courses and certificate of attendance meet their specific criteria.