Discipline Surface Facilities Design and Engineering
LevelAdvanced
Duration3 Days
Delivery Mechanism Classroom
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Course Progression Map - Flow Assurance

Assuring Flow from Pore to Process

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Impediment to flow caused by either fluid phase behavior coupled with the dynamics of flow and/or production-chemistry-related issues in the wellbores and flow lines has long been identified in onshore or offshore shallow-water environments. These events became more severe in deepwater environment as the intervention is challenging from both technical and cost considerations. Naturally, these situations demand careful considerations of fluid phase behavior, flow dynamics and production chemistry aspects at the design phase of field development.

This three-day course presents a holistic approach to flow assurance. The course will introduce technologies, work-flows and their deployment for the identification, characterization, and management of flow impediments, such as slugging and precipitation of organic and inorganic solids. The course will present best practices and fit-for-purpose design solutions for minimizing the risk of flow stoppage while transporting hydrocarbons from “Pore to Sales Meter”. The principles will be demonstrated using field examples from around the world.

  • Agenda
  • Audience
  • Prerequisites
  • Agenda

    Day 1

    Introduction and PVT Characterization 

    • Definition and identification methodologies of key flow impediments
    • Fluid samples

    In day one, the course will cover the definition and identification methodologies of key factors that impede or affect fluid flow.  These may include fluid PVT characteristics, fluid flow-heat transfer, asphaltenes, waxes, hydrates, scales, naphthenes, emulsions, corrosion, erosion and sand production in various challenging environments. The participants will then be exposed to technologies of collecting representative fluid samples.

    Day 2

    Laboratory Solids Characterization 

    • Current measurement methodologies
    • Potential production impediments

    In day two, the course will cover current measurement methodologies of reservoir fluids composition and PVT properties and potential production impediments like solid asphaltenes, paraffin waxes, hydrates, and inorganic scales.

    Day 3

    Integration Concepts and Field Example of Management Approaches 

    • Fluid flow and heat transfer concepts
    • Value integrated program
    • Case studies

    In day three, participants will be exposed to fluid flow and heat transfer concepts and their relationship in precipitation of organic and inorganic solids. Consequently, the course will demonstrate the value of a systematic and holistic flow assurance integrated program for production systems and operations, using case studies from various field locations around the globe.

  • Audience

    This course is intended for engineers and chemists in the upstream and downstream segments of the petroleum industry. This course will also provide department, asset, and technology managers with an appreciation of the risks, challenges, and solutions for free flowing hydrocarbon product.

  • Prerequisites

    4 Year Engineering/Geoscience degree plus 5 years work experience.

  • Prerequisites

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