Oil and Gas
Oil and Gas | Facilities and Surface Operations
This course is designed to familiarize technical professionals with the design and operation of several common gas plant processing blocks. Day one will be spent on dehydration systems used in typical field gathering and plant facilities, including a review of options available. Day two will focus on mechanical propane refrigeration systems typically used in Hydrocarbon Dew Point and NGL Recovery systems, including a review of design and performance enhancements. Day three will focus on tower operations and troubleshooting used in absorption and fractionation services, with optimization and key performance indicators discussed for each tower in each application.
Duration and Training Method
This is a classroom or virtual classroom course with lectures, examples and exercises. Participants will earn 2.4 CEUs (Continuing Education Credits) or 24 PDHs (Professional Development Hours).
Participoants will learn to:
- Describe the design of a glycol dehydration unit.
- Determine the water content of natural gas.
- Review the operation and potential problems of a glycol dehydration unit.
- Describe the types of gas processing pumps.
- Briefly review desiccant dehydration systems.
- Discuss the components of a refrigeration system.
- Review the operating problems and possible solutions in a refrigeration system.
- Describe the various liquids recovery options.
- Review absorption and fractionation towers.
- Review de-ethanizer and stabilization tower operation and typical operating problems.
- Discuss product specification and pricing.
Day One - Dehydration
- Water Content of Natural Gas
- Hydrate Formation, Prevention and Handling
- Glycol Dehydrator Sizing
- Optimization of a System
- Operational Issues
- Environmental Safety Considerations
- Basic Operation and Design of Refrigeration Circuit
- Capacity Control
- Equipment Options
- Power-Reducing Modifications
- Troubleshooting H/C Dew Point Control Problems
- Gas Expander - Propane Refrigerant Comparison
- Basic Design
- Tower Internals
- Capacity Control and Issues
- Turn-Up and Turn-Down Problems
- Amine Systems and Filtration
- Stabilization vs. Oil Treating
Who Should Attend and Prerequisites
The course is intended for engineers, technologists and operators involved in the operation and optimization of gas processing facilities.
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
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