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Compressor Operation, Practice, and Maintenance

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Rotating equipment, pressure vessels, aboveground atmospheric storage tanks, and piping systems represent major capital investment in any Oil/Gas Production operation. Good design and construction is required as these equipment and piping systems are subject to a number of damage mechanisms throughout their service life that could result in serious or even catastrophic failures.

This course is structured to provide the delegates with the appropriate mix of technical fundamentals and practical best practices to maximize their learning.

Program highlights are:

  • Design, operation and maintenance of rotating equipment
  • Design, operation and maintenance of pressure equipment and tankage
  • Materials and construction
  • System design integration
  • Equipment specification and management

Course Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, the delegates will be able to:

  • Apply the requirements of the relevant industry standards and practices
  • Understand the design and construction of rotating equipment,
  • Understand the design and construction of pressure vessels, piping systems, and aboveground atmospheric storage tanks
  • Develop rotating and static plant into complete systems
  • Develop an understanding of codes, standards, and Recommended Practices in process plant equipment and piping system design, construction and maintenance
  • Enable the good management of plant systems

Course Outline

Day 1

Rotating Equipment

  • Pumps & Compressors

Day 2

Static Plant

  • Piping, Pipelines & Pressure Vessels
  • ASME B31 codes for piping
  • ASME BPVC VIII for pressure vessels
  • Pressure relieving devices
  • Above Ground Storage Tanks
  • API 650 for ASTs
  • AST construction
  • Fabrication techniques
  • Resource logistics
  • Working with contractors
  • General Construction Considerations

Day 3

Materials & Construction

  • Material Properties
  • Physical properties
  • Testing
  • Material specification data
  • Welding
  • Techniques
  • Qualification & procedures
  • Approval & quality
  • Inspection & Testing
  • NDE techniques: VT, PT, ET, MP, RT, UT
  • NDT techniques: hydro-test & pneumatic test

Day 4

System Design

  • Process Flow Schemes & Process Engineering Flow Schemes
  • Overview
  • DEP requirements
  • Process design & instrumentation
  • Commissioning
  • Preparatory checks
  • Protocol development
  • Startup/Shutdown/Handover
  • Operations consideration
  • Maintenance considerations
  • Plant & Equipment Operability

Day 5


  • Procurement Requirements
  • Material & Performance specifications
  • Supporting Standards: regulatory & in-house
  • Project schedule
  • Measure the Success
  • KPIs for the mechanical engineer
  • Benchmarking

Course Methodology

A variety of methodologies will be used during the course that includes:

  • (30%) Based on Case Studies
  • (30%) Techniques
  • (30%) Role Play
  • (10%) Concepts
  • Pre-test and Post-test
  • Variety of Learning Methods
  • Lectures
  • Case Studies and Self Questionaires
  • Group Work
  • Discussion
  • Presentation

Who should attend

This course is designed for engineers, operations, maintenance and engineering supervisors and team leaders to give them a practical understanding of real world situations in an oil and gas production environment.


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