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    Piping and Pipeline Design, Maintenance, and Operation

    The objective of this course is to help participants gain a comprehensive knowledge of elements that are essential for the design, operation, and maintenance of pipelines.  The design of the gathering network, pressure drops, fluid pattern, and the network arrangement will be discussed in detail.  A gathering network simulator (Pipesim or equivalent) will be used to obtain the best operating and design conditions for the system.  The course will also provide a practical way to learn about the elements considered in the design, code, factors, legislation, material selection, corrosion (internal and external) considerations, and management.  Hydrotesting, pigging (cleaning and smarts), pipeline integrity analysis using inspection survey, monitoring data, fitness for purpose, risk analysis, and predictive and preventative maintenance will also be covered.

    Day 1

    Pipeline Preparation

    • Pipeline code and standards
    • Preliminary survey
    • Flow of fluid in pipelines

    This course will begin with a brief introduction of what the participants can expect to learn during the duration of the course.  Participants will learn about pipeline code and standards, the preliminary survey, and flow of fluid in pipelines on this day.

    Day 2

    Multiphase Flow

    • Two phase
    • Flow pattern maps
    • Flow system
    • Troubleshooting

    On the second day, participants will learn about multiphase flow.  Topics of discussion will include two-phase flow, flow system and pattern, pressure drop, trouble shooting, and the effect of flow pattern on the corrosion rate.             

    Day 3

    Gathering System and Pipeline Design

    • Gathering system
    • Pipeline configuration
    • Pipeline design
    • Location classification

    Participants will learn about the gathering system concept and pipeline design on this day.  Pipeline design factor, fundamental elements, and codes will also be covered.  Wall thickness criteria, contraction criteria, erosional velocity, location classification and use of the standards will be discussed.

    Day 4

    Pipeline Construction and Testing

    • Pipeline construction
    • Hydrostatic test
    • Corrosion considerations

    The focus of day four will be on pipeline constructions and problems that can affect them.  Specifically this day will cover the stages of the pipeline construction, internal and external corrosion considerations.  Other topics to be covered include hydrostatic testing procedures, criticalities, and pipeline standards.

    Day 5

    Pipeline Operation, Inspection, Maintenance, and Integrity

    • Pipeline operation
    • Coating monitoring and inspection
    • Pigging
    • Integrity management

    The last day of the course will discuss pipeline operation, inspection, maintenance, and integrity management.  Specifics topics that will be covered include coating monitoring and inspection, engineering and design, operations control and monitoring, risk based inspection (API 580 and API 581), projected remaining life and fitness for service assessment (API 579).

    Pipeline engineers, operations and maintenance staff, surface facility design and operation engineers, production managers, and maintenance managers.

    Awareness of oil and gas production system, flow of fluids, API 5L standard, ASME 31.3, 31.4, and 31.8 standards.

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