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

Oil Processing and Conditioning

This course will cover the oil processing and conditioning of a surface facilities system.  Participants will learn about the concept of the oil production and processing system.  This course will cover the system all the way from the wellhead to the delivery of a specific oil product.

The participants will learn how select and evaluate processes and equipment used to meet fluid specifications and how to apply physical and thermodynamic property correlations.  They will also learn about the principles of the design and evaluation of oil production and processing facilities, how to perform equipment sizing calculations for major production facility equipment, and evaluate processing configurations for different applications.

Day 1

Oil production and Processing Basic 

  • Oil production and processing Overview
  • Wellhead and equipment
  • Gathering systems and separation stations    

On the first day, participants will learn the basic concepts for oil production and processing.  They will receive an overview of upstream oil production operations, as well as discuss the fluid properties and phase behaviors.  Wellhead and wellhead equipment will be covered, specifically onshore and offshore configuration, as well as chokes and production lines.  The day will end with a review of gathering systems and separation stations.

Day 2

Separation Equipment

  • Phases of separation
  • Variables affection de phase separations
  • Scrubbers and separators design and operations

The focus of day two will be separation equipment.  Topics that will be covered on this day will include phase separation of gas, oil, and waters, variable affecting, and design and sizing calculations for major facility equipment.                  

Day 3

Oil Treatment Basic Concepts

  • Dehydration
  • Emulsion theory
  • Gravity separation and viscosity
  • Emulsion theory and crude oil emulsion stabilizer

Oil Dehydration Equipment and Variables

  • Dehydration equipment
  • Design and sizing calculations
  • Applications

The third day will cover basic oil treatment concepts. This will include dehydration, water solubility, and viscosity effects. Stoke’s Law will also be covered in detail. Settling theory, gravity separation, emulsion theory, and emulsion stability will also be discussed with examples and case study. The day will end with participants learning about the mechanisms of stabilization and the crude oil emulsion stabilizer. The Participants will also learn about dehydration equipment and the variables affection crude oil dehydration. These variables will include design, sizing calculations, knock out water tanks, vertical and horizontal treaters, wash tanks, and electrostatic coalescers. This day will also include a review of different applications.

Day 4

Oil Heaters

  • Applications
  • ASME criteria
  • Design procedures

Crude Oil Desalting

  • Oil desalting principles
  • Equipment and technology
  • Operation and design considerations

Day four will cover oil heaters. Participants will review the different applications and ASME criteria for pressure vessels. Design procedures will also be covered.  Crude oil desalting will be also covered. Participants will earn about the oil desalting principles, as well as desalter equipment and technology. The operation and design considerations will also be covered on this day

Day 5

Crude Oil Stabilization and Sweetening

  • Vapor pressure fundamentals
  • Sour and sweet oil concepts
  • Safety, operation and design considerations
  • Process configuration

Crude Oil Storage and Vapor Recovery Units

  • Types of storage tanks
  • Processing configuration
  • Operation and design considerations

On day five, participants will learn about crude oil stabilization and sweetening. The fundamentals of both true and rapid vapor pressure will be covered, along with sour and sweet oil concepts. Safety considerations for sour oil handling will also be covered on this day. Participants will learn about processing, operation, and design considerations on this day as well. The participants will also learn about crude oil storage and vapor recovery units. Processing configurations, types of storage tanks, and operation and design considerations will all be covered on this day

Learning activity mix

This course is aimed at Process Engineers, Mechanical Engineers, Instrumentation and Control Engineers, and Surface Facilities Project Engineers.

An awareness of the surface facilities production system.

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