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Oil/water Plant Maintenance and Operations, Supervision and Design

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About the course

Water handling, treatment and disposal represent the biggest operating cost for most oilfield operators. In addition to produced water, large quantities of seawater and water from other sources is treated and injected. The economic success of oil and gas development projects depends very much on our ability to successfully manage water.

This course discusses methods, equipment and tolls used in plant maintenance and operations including testing, diagnosing, and minimizing water production from oil and gas wells. Reservoir engineering and surface facility aspects of water handling, treatment, reinjection and injection well fracturing are extensively discussed.

Significant cost savings can be achieved in all aspects of water production, handling and disposal through better diagnostic tools, better water handling and better treatment and reinjection strategies. The course covers the fundamental theory, and the latest technological developments. It particularly emphasizes field application through lots of practical field examples, exercises and case studies.

Course Objectives

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

  • Apply the principal of optimizing and upgrading treatment
  • Specify water quality requirements for a water injection project
  • Apply several tests used to evaluate water quality
  • Identify the causes of excess water production
  • Understand the purpose, operation and inspection of water injection systems for enhanced oil recovery
  • Simulate the impact of water quality on injector performance
  • Ensure good long term well injection
  • Better handle produced water shutoff
  • Test injection wells to identify injection profiles
  • Select best well patterns for optimizing water floods

Course Outline

Day 1

  • Water Treatment Optimization Requirements
  • Water Sources and Characteristics
  • Water Quality, Sampling, and Analysis
  • Disinfection and Chlorination
  • Distribution Systems Overview
  • Fluoridation
  • Final analysis and treatment of produced water

Day 2

  • The importance of plant record and filters in improving plant operations
  • Applying the principal of optimizing and upgrading treatment
  • Blanket gas system in plant operation
  • Production, injections and disposal operation

Day 3

  • Water injection equipment
  • Periodical Inspection
  • Planned maintenance
  • Impact of water reinjection on reservoir performance

Day 4

  • Injection well testing
  • The importance of lab measurement for plant operation
  • Plant operations distribution and maintenance

Day 5

  • Storage tank operations and maintenance in water injection plant
  • Pressure vessels control and philosophy
  • Preventive maintenance

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 intended for Production Engineers, Well Operators, Reservoir Engineers, Surface Facilities Engineers, Drilling Engineers, Plant Operators and all personnel responsible for plant operations and maintenance.

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