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Oil & Gas Training
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Cooling Water Systems

Cooling water systems are an integral part of process operations in many industries.  Industrial production processes need cooling water systems to operate efficiently and safely.  Refineries, steel mills, petrochemical manufacturing plants, electric utilities and paper mills all rely heavily on equipment or processes that require efficient temperature control.  The purpose of this course is to develop a working knowledge, in participants, of the various cooling water systems and the science behind them.  Attendees will gain an understanding of how cooling water systems control temperatures by transferring heat from hot process fluids into cooling water.  

This course provides participates with information useful for continuous plant productivity, as well as help them gain an understanding of system requirements for safe and efficient operation, proper chemical treatment, and preventive maintenance.  Attendees will also learn about the design of off-shore platform cooling systems and how they provide all process and utility cooling for an entire platform.

After the completion of this course, participants will be equipped with tools to contribute to the safe operation and management of equipment associated cooling water systems in oil and gas plants and platforms.  The course emphasizes the extreme importance of these systems on the safe and efficient operation of the entire plant.

Day 1

Cooling Water System Overview

  • Flow diagram and P&ID’s
  • Cooling System components and equipment
  • Operation and maintenance

Participants will gain an understanding of industrial cooling water processes including cooling tower types, pumps, and associated equipment with particular attention paid to performance and effective operation.  The discussions on this day will include start-up, shut down, normal, and emergency operation and maintenance issues associated with cooling water systems.  Particular attention will be given to process safety management systems, as well as environmental compliance and concerns.

Day 2

Cooling Water Treatment

  • Cooling water properties
  • Monitoring and control
  • Problems and solutions

Day two will focus on providing participants with an understanding of industrial cooling water treatment including chemical injection systems, monitoring systems, and methodologies.  Cycles of concentration and the importance of cooling water losses and blow down effects will be discussed.  Participants will have an opportunity to look at problems and corrective actions associated with chemical and biological fouling, deposition, and corrosion associated with poor quality cooling water.

Day 3

Platform Cooling Water Treatment

  • Flow diagram and P&ID’s
  • Glycol and seawater cooling
  • Safe operation and maintenance of components and equipment

Participants will gain an understanding of oil and gas platform cooling water systems including system types, pumps, and associated equipment.  Particular attention will be given to performance and effective operations on day three.  Overall operating, maintenance, and safety procedures for platform cooling systems operations will be reviewed, while stressing employee safety and environmental compliance.

Learning activity mix

This course is mainly targeted to process operators, process technologists, and laboratory and maintenance personnel.  The course can also be applicable to employees working with equipment and materials purchasing, equipment procurement, job planning, and immediate supervisors to the working technicians.

Participants should have some recent exposure to oil and gas facility terminology.

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