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Oil & Gas Training
and Competency Development
Competency Management system SLB NEXT

Hydrocarbon Properties and Behavior

This course aims to teach participants the fundamentals of hydrocarbon properties, along with their phase behaviors and practical applications in the production systems.  Participants will learn about the technical fundamentals and property correlations, as well as how to apply phase behavior and thermodynamics in order to solve real life problems.   

Specific topics that will be covered during this course will include the components of petroleum, the construction of phase envelopes, the plus fraction concept, and the classification and identification of fluid types.  The calculation of the viscosities of each fluid type, interfacial and surface tension, lab and field tests, and a simulation of transport properties of petroleum fluids will also be discussed.

Day 1

Petroleum Reservoir Fluids and Phase Behavior Fundamentals

  • Chemistry of petroleum
  • Petroleum reservoir fluids
  • Plus fraction concept
  • Phase behavior of a pure component and multicomponent mixtures

This day will focus on petroleum reservoir fluids and phase behavior fundamentals.  More specifically, participants will learn about the components of petroleum, the construction of phase envelopes, the plus fraction concept, and the classification and identification of fluid types.           

Day 2

Properties of Crude Oil and Formation Water 

  • Crude oil properties
  • Methods of determining properties
  • Formation water
  • Properties of the formation water      

On day two, participants will learn about the properties of crude oil and the formation water.  Methods of calculating gas in solution, density, solution gas-oil ratio, flash separation, differential flash separation, and oil formation volume factor will be covered.  Formation volume factor, density, viscosity, and solubility will also be discussed.

Day 3

Properties of Natural Gases  

  • Natural gas fundamentals
  • Classification and composition
  • Gas behavior
  • Properties based on composition

The focus of day three will be on the properties of natural gases.  Participants will learn about natural gas fundamentals and classification, behavior of ideal gases, behavior of real gases, and the effect of the water content in the properties of natural gas.  C3+ content in natural gas and heating values of natural gas will also be discussed.

Day 4

Transportation Properties of Petroleum, Gas, and Water

  • Oil, gas, and water viscosities
  • Interfacial and surface tension
  • Simulation of transport properties for petroleum fluids

On day four, participants will learn about the transportation properties of petroleum, gas, water, and emulsions.  Participant will be taught how to calculate the viscosities of each (oil, gas, water, and emulsions), interfacial and surface tension, lab and field tests,  and will participate in a simulation of transport properties of petroleum fluids. 

Day 5

Vapor-Liquid Equilibrium

  • Ideal Solution Principle
  • Material balances
  • Applications of equilibrium ratios values

The Ideal Solution Principle and equilibrium ratios will be discussed on this day.  Participants will also learn about Raoult’s and Dalton’s Laws.  Material balances, applications of equilibrium ratios, determining dew point and bubble point, and other equilibrium calculations will be covered on this day as well.  At the end of the last day, participants will have a final evaluation to gauge their understanding of the course material.   

Learning activity mix

Process Engineers,  Production Surface Facilities Engineers, Project Engineers, and Production Operation Engineers.

A basic knowledge of production facilities system and operations.

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