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E-510C - Gas & Liquid Hydrocarbons Transportation Engineering Certification

  • Graduate Engineers and Engineers in conversion, aiming at specializing in transportation facilities.
  • This certification program is well suited for junior Engineers and Engineers in conversion. It can also be tailored to experienced Engineers.
  • To acquire a comprehensive knowledge and practical know-how in gas and liquid hydrocarbons transport facilities, from technical to HSE and economics issues.
Learning Objectives
  • Upon completion of the course, participants will be able to:
  • explain pipeline network design, technology and construction,
  • efficiently blend in operation and maintenance teams of hydrocarbon pipeline network,
  • enforce industry best practices of network operation and maintenance,
  • identify main risks associated to hydrocarbons pipelines operations and implement mitigation measures.
  • Engineering degree or equivalent professional experience within the petroleum industry.
Ways and means
  • Highly interactive training course delivered by industry experts and adapted to participants’ experience.
  • Numerous industrial case studies.

Introduction to crude oil & natural gas production & transport 5 days
  • Crude oil and natural gas production
  • Fundamentals of reservoir, drilling and completion
  • Well effluent behavior. Need for effluent field processing
  • Crude oil processing. Gas processing and conditioning
  • Crude oil, natural gas and natural gas liquids (NGLs) transport by pipeline
  • Overview of transport network and interaction with other blocks of the crude oil chain and natural gas chain
Design, construction & operation of pipelines 10 days
  • Fundamentals of fluid mechanics & friction losses in single-phase flow
  • Pipeline Design standards: pressure, length, volume, diameter
  • Technology of pipelines: standards, material grades, insulation techniques
  • Pipe laying
  • Different steps of pipe laying operations (onshore and offshore approaches)
  • Cost and duration of pipe laying, and compression station construction
  • Pipeline operation and maintenance
  • Main flow assurance problems - Main available technical solutions
  • Introduction to pipe corrosion monitoring and prevention
  • Introduction to pipeline maintenance
Pumping stations 5 days
  • Centrifugal pump operating principle, technology and selection criteria
  • Pumping system performances and operating conditions
  • Centrifugal pump operation and troubleshooting
  • Centrifugal pump maintenance (preventive, conditional and corrective)
Compression stations 5 days
  • Centrifugal compressor operating principle, technology and selection criteria
  • Centrifugal compressor performances and operating conditions
  • Centrifugal compressor operation and troubleshooting
  • Centrifugal compressor maintenance (preventive, conditional and corrective)
Metallurgy & materials, welding 5 days
  • Metallurgy
  • Structures and behavior of metals and alloys at service conditions for static equipment
  • Evaluation of the mechanical characteristics required for predictable behavior at service conditions
  • Most widely used metals and metal alloys in transport facilities: steels, their composition, structure and behavior at service conditions
  • Effect of heat treatments resulting from welding or deliberately applied. Common defects in steels
  • Welding: Impact of welding on metals structure; post-welding heat treatment; identification of welding defects
Corrosion prevention – Cathodic protection 5 days
  • Common types of corrosion: origin and development process, possible methods of prevention
  • Corrosion prevention
  • Design of equipment; choice of materials; corrosion inhibitors; anti-corrosion coatings and systems
  • Cathodic protection with sacrificial anodes or imposed current
  • Principles and applications
  • Coating and cathodic protection
  • Cathodic protection systems design
Instrumentation & automation 5 days
  • Process control overview
  • Field instrumentation; controllers; control loop structures
  • Distributed Control System (DCS)
  • Safety Instrumented Systems (SIS): ESD, HIPS, Fire & Gas System
Network operation management 10 days
  • Planning, material balance, allocations and accounts
  • Monitoring
  • Facilities remote monitoring
  • Cathodic Protection systems performance monitoring
  • Metering stations
  • Single-phase metering: operating principle and equipment
  • Transactional metering of liquids
  • Transactional metering of gases
  • Maintenance Management
  • Maintenance policy and objectives; maintenance costs and failure costs
  • Reliability process measurement and follow-up; reliability analysis and improvement methods
  • Outsourcing and subcontracting; shutdown management
HSE in transport facilities 4 days
  • Main hazards associated with hydrocarbon transportation
  • Risk assessment tools. Job safety analysis
  • Risk in normal transport operations
  • Safe isolation of plant and equipment
  • HSE in maintenance and construction works. Permit to work system
  • Organizational framework – human factor
  • Sustainability management in transport operations. Environmental impact
Transport economics 1 day
  • Investment costs (CAPEX). Operation costs (OPEX)
  • Fundamentals of contracts. Pricing for access of third parties to the gas transport network
Final project & jury 5 days
  • 5-day teamwork on a real case study with deliverables to be presented on the last day (jury)
  • The final project consists in proposing a design and operation philosophy for a pipeline network project