Arabian American Center August Training & Development
Program Title:
Achieving Operational Excellence in the Oil Production
26.08.2018 - 30.08.2018
$ 2750



   This course presents a basic overview of all typical oilfield treating and processing equipment. Participants should learn not only the purpose of each piece of equipment but how each works. Emphasis is on gaining a basic understanding of the purpose and internal workings of all types of surface facilities and treating equipment. A major goal of this course is to improve communication among all disciplines, the field, and the office. Better communication should enhance operational efficiencies, lower costs and improve production economics. Example step-by-step exercises are worked together with the instructor to drive home the important points. Daily sessions include formal presentation interspersed with many short directed questions, discussion and problem solving.

Who Should Attend?

  Petroleum engineers, production operations staff, reservoir engineers, facilities staff, drilling and completion engineers, geologists, field supervisors and managers, field technicians, service company engineers and managers, and especially engineers starting a work assignment in production engineering and operations or other engineers seeking a well-rounded foundation in production engineering.


   A highly interactive combination of lecture and discussion sessions will be managed to maximize the amount and quality of information, knowledge and experience transfer. The sessions will start by raising the most relevant questions, and motivate everybody finding the right answers. The attendants will also be encouraged to raise more of their own questions and to share developing the right answers using their own analysis and experience

Course Contents:-


Day One

               Surface Production Operations

   Properties of fluids at surface; Flow lines, piping, gathering systems; solids and liquid limits; Oil - water- gas - solids - contaminants; Separation and treatment; 2-3 phase separators, free water knockouts, centrifugal, filter; Storage tanks, gun barrels, pressure/vacuum relief, flame arrestors; Stabilizers; Foams, emulsions, paraffin’s, asphaltenes, hydrates, salts; Dehydrators; Water theaters;

Day Two

              Flow Assurance for Oil Production

   Overview of flow assurance;  fluid properties; Steady state and transient multiphase flow modeling; Hydrate, paraffin, and asphaltene control; Basics of scale, corrosion, erosion, and sand control; Fluid property and phase behavior modeling; Equations of state; Fugacity and equilibrium; Viscosities of oils; Thermal modeling; Multiphase pressure boosting; Slugging: hydrodynamic, terrain induced, and ramp up; Commissioning, start-up, and shutdown operations.

Day Three

               Production Chemistry

   Corrosive agents; Corrosion inhibitor selection and application; Predicting and monitoring corrosion rates; Basics of oilfield emulsions; Demulsifier selection and field application; Foams; Defoamers; Foam basics; Field application of foams; How defoamers work; Compounds that cause scaling; Prediction of scaling tendency; Scale inhibitors; Solvents to dissolve scales; Requirements for gas hydrates to form; Types of compounds used to control hydrate formation; Causes of paraffin (wax) problems; Paraffin treatment chemicals; Asphaltene stability tests; Asphaltene treatment chemicals; Chemicals used as H2S scavengers; Application of H2S scavengers; Oil carryover in water; Removal of oil and oily solids; Tests required for chemicals used in deep water; Green chemicals (environmentally friendly chemicals).

Day Four

              Control and Loop Tuning

   This workshop provides instrumentation, automation, and process engineers and technicians with the basic theoretical and practical understanding of regulatory control systems and how this can be applied to optimize process control in terms of quality, safety, flexibility, and costs. Centered on the ISA-recommended PC-Control LAB simulator, participants will learn through active participation using exercises, questionnaires, and a series of 16 practical simulation sessions covering: process reaction; tuning methods; diagnostic tools; effect of different algorithms; surge tank level control; analysis of such problems as valve hysteresis.

Day Five

             Relief and Flare Systems

   Overview of typical relief and flare systems and key components; Codes and standards as well as good practices typical in oil and gas facilities; Safety implications and causes of overpressure; Overpressure protection philosophy including source isolation and relief; Determination of relief requirements and defining set point pressures; Types, applications, Blow-down/depressurizing - purpose and design/operational considerations; Design and specification considerations for relief valves and header systems, material selection, and header sizing; Environmental considerations;  Selection and sizing of key components: knockout and seal drums, vent/flare stack, vent/flare tips, and flare ignition systems; Defining need and quantity of purge gas.

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