Hydrocarbon Production Operations

ICTD International Centre for Training and Development

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  • 5 days
  • in person

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ICTD International Centre for Training and Development


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Who should attend

This course is intended for oil & gas production field personnel, operations and maintenance supervisors, technicians, support engineers and engineering trainees. It would also be of benefit to safety and other support staff who have an interest in increasing their understanding of the hydrocarbon production operations.

About the course

This five-day course will provide the participants with an integrated view of the hydrocarbon production and related facilities during the life of the reservoir. It will present an overview/fundamental understanding of the wide range of oilfield production handling and treatment equipment. With this view, tools, and knowledge on the properties and flow of the fluids provided in this training session, the participant will be able to understand the behavior of the fluids from the reservoir up to end users. The training gives strong emphasis of the calculation of reserves, fluids properties from reservoir through gathering network. This knowledge is necessary for the surface facility engineer to design or operate the equipment’s and facilities.

This course will provide an insight into the oil & gas field operation processes and the role of production engineering. It will explain the important concepts in reservoir and well drilling and intervention, productivity optimization, various recovery mechanisms, as well as covering various operational issues. Core Competencies are:

  • Gain an overall knowledge of various hydrocarbon production processes from the time a reservoir is discovered to end users
  • Understand the role of the petroleum/reservoir engineer in optimizing recovery
  • Gain sufficient knowledge of various surface and sub-surface equipment and processing facilities used in a typical oil & gas field
  • Gain sufficient knowledge about health, safety and environmental issues
  • Understand the role of petroleum economics in evaluating field development projects

Course Objectives

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

  • Familiarize the participants with global oil & gas related statistics, such as reserves, production, consumption and exports
  • Familiarize the participants with both upstream, middle stream and downstream operations and related facilities
  • Familiarize the participants with various methods and techniques used to explore, drill, produce, treat and transport oil, gas and their products
  • Understand the oil & gas operations of various field facilities from wellhead, flow lines, separators, tanks, pumps and compressors, pipelines, gas treatment and processing, refinery operations, etc.
  • Understand the basic concept with regards to evaluating oil & gas reserves, artificial lift and enhancing recovery
  • Understand the challenge associated with this industry such as offshore operations, horizontal drilling and other safety concerns
  • Get a general feel for petroleum economics and risk analysis

Course Outline

Day 1

  • Introduction and Overview
  • Global Energy Statistics
  • Hydrocarbon Industry Components
  • The Upstream Operations
  • Exploration Methods
  • Seismic Surveys
  • Drilling Operation
  • Drilling Problems & Challenges
  • Well Testing, Completion
  • Hydrocarbon Production Problems
  • Well Stimulation and Maintenance

### Day 2

  • Hydrocarbon Properties
  • Rock Properties
  • Porosity and Permeability
  • Estimating Hydrocarbon Reserves
  • Oil & Gas Production
  • Artificial Lift Methods and Facilities
  • Reservoir Drive Mechanisms
  • Pressure Maintenance Technology
  • Hydrocarbon Recovery Methods
  • Primary, Secondary and Tertiary Recovery
  • Reservoir Simulation
  • Oil & Gas Field Surface Facilities

Day 3

The Downstream Operations

  • Wellheads Types
  • Production Manifolds
  • GOSP Facilities
  • Oil & Gas Separation
  • Emulsion Treatment
  • Separator types, Operation and Troubleshooting
  • Oil Treatment, Storage and Transportation
  • Oil Tank Types
  • Gas Treatment and Processing
  • Process Troubleshooting

Day 4

  • Heat Exchangers
  • Oil & Gas Measurement and Control
  • Pipeline Operation and Pigging
  • Valve Types
  • Pumps & Compressor Stations
  • Refinery Operations & Products
  • Operation Troubleshooting

Day 5

  • The Role of Technology
  • Safety and Accident Prevention
  • Production Problems
  • Corrosion Protection & Cathodic Protection
  • Scale Prevention and Treatment
  • Petroleum Economics and Risk Analysis

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

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