Oil and Gas

Oil and Gas | Facilities and Surface Operations

Pipeline and Process Engineering

Course Code: N983
Instructors:  Ivor Ellul
Course Outline:  Download
Format and Duration
4 days


This course will provide a working knowledge of the design and operation of crude oil and gas transportation, processing and distribution systems. It will cover the theory of single and multiphase flow in pipelines and the respective design processes associated with single and multiphase flow; the separation of crude oil, de-watering and the handling and break-up of emulsions; the recovery of liquids from gases; and the storage and distribution of hydrocarbon gases and liquids.

Duration and Training Method

This is a four-day classroom-based course that includes theory and computer and paper-based exercises.

Course Overview

Participants will learn to:

  1. Understand the principles behind the flow of single and multiphase fluids in pipelines.
  2. Design single and multiphase pipelines under both steady-state and transient conditions.
  3. Understand the requirement for the field treatment of produced fluid.
  4. Understand the principles of liquid / liquid and gas / liquid separation and the types, functionality and components of different separation equipment.
  5. Size and design horizontal and vertical separation systems.
  6. Perform equilibrium flash calculations and work out the GOR, compositions and densities of the produced oil and gas.
  7. Optimize the operating pressure of separation units for maximum hydrocarbon liquid recovery and understand the resultant influence on well deliverability.
  8. Understand the principles behind emulsion treatment.
  9. Understand the different methods (such as absorption and adsorption processes) used in the field for treatment of natural gas and gas condensates and perform appropriate calculations with using the different approaches.
  10. Demonstrate the processes used for storage and distribution of hydrocarbon products.
  11. Gain hands-on familiarity with using steady-state and dynamic properties simulation tools.

There will be four days of instruction, with just under half a day devoted to each of the following topics:

  1. Introduction, Workflow, and Single Phase Systems
    -The hydrocarbon transportation, processing and distribution lifecycle
    -Workflows in transportation, processing and distribution
    -The transport equations
    -Single phase flow in pipeline networks
  2. Pipeline Design – the Engineering Approach
    -Nomenclature and units
    -The engineering equations
    -Transmission line gas flow
    -Liquid systems
    -Designing of pipeline systems
  3. Multiphase Systems
    -Empirical methods
    -Mechanistic formulations
    -The transient two-phase equations
    -Two-phase flow regime description
    -Thermal calculations
  4. Flow Assurance
    -Hydrodynamic flow assurance
    -Chemical-thermodynamic flow assurance
    -Design Integration
  5. Surface Production Operations I
    -Field processing of gas-liquid mixtures
    -Gas-oil separation
    -Vapor-liquid equilibrium
    -Gas handling facilities overview
  6. Surface Production Operations II
    -Heat exchangers and line heaters
    -Condensate stabilization
    -Acid gas treating
    -Gas dehydration and processing
    -Pressure vessels and pressure relief
    -Storage tanks
    -Safety systems
    -Prime movers
    -Electrical systems
  7. Distribution and Field Project
    -Pipeline distribution systems
    -Field development project requirements and analysis
  8. Pipeline Simulation I
    -Introduction to Steady State Simulation
  9. Pipeline Simulation II
    -Introduction to Dynamic Simulation

This course is intended for staff who have had limited or no exposure to pipeline operations and process engineering. The broad coverage of the topic ensures it is suitable for entry-level engineers as well as mid-level engineers that are new to petroleum engineering or operations.

Ivor Ellul

Dr. Ellul began his career in the oil and gas industry in 1980, in West Germany, as a design engineer on pipeline, storage tank, and refinery systems.  After specializing in the modeling of multiphase flow in pipelines, he worked for a number of years in the area of numerical modeling of single and multi-phase pipelines under steady-state and transient conditions.  He has been involved in various pipeline simulation studies for clients worldwide.  Recent experience includes various executive positions in the upstream area of the oil and gas industry.

Dr. Ellul is industry lecturer to the Petroleum Engineering Department of Imperial College, University of London where he lectures the M.S. course on pipeline and process engineering. He has held advisory posts on the board of the Faculty of Petroleum Engineering of the University of Houston and participated on a number of SPE committees at both regional and international level. He was a member of the Advisory Board of Energy Ventures, a Norwegian venture capital firm.

Affiliations and Accreditation
PhD Imperial College, London - Petroleum Engineering
MSc Imperial College, London - Petroleum Engineering
BSc University of Malta, Malta - Mechanical Engineering
Registered Chartered Engineer in the United Kingdom
Registered Professional Engineer in the state of Texas
Pipeline Simulation Interest Group - Chairman

Courses Taught
N413: Unconventional Resource Engineering for Geoscientists
N979: Production Operations
N983: Pipeline and Process Engineering

CEU: 3.2 Continuing Education Units
PDH: 32 Professional Development Hours
Certificate: Certificate Issued Upon Completion
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