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E-526C - Gas Production & Processing Engineer Certification

  • Production Engineers, Field Engineers, Process Engineers… seeking to acquire comprehensive and solid engineering capabilities in gas production, from the reservoir to the transport network.
  • This certification program is well suited for junior Engineers and Engineers in conversion. It can also be tailored to experienced Engineers.
  • To acquire comprehensive and practical knowledge of natural gas production, processing and transport engineering in order to quickly and efficiently adapt and contribute to a broad range of engineering positions within the gas industry.
Learning Objectives
  • Upon completion of the course, participants will be able to:
  • identify key subsurface parameters impacting gas production,
  • design gas processing plants and anticipate process performances by simulation,
  • select appropriate technology of static/rotating equipment according to service and analyze key operating parameters/performances,
  • identify main risks related to gas production facilities and participate to safety engineering studies,
  • efficiently contribute to gas field development studies.
  • 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.
  • Multiple teamwork sessions and industrial case studies.
  • Hands-on activities on professional software: HYSYSTM or PRO/II™ for process simulation, PIPESIM™ and OLGA™ for gathering networks and flow assurance.
  • Teamwork project on a real case study of gas field development.

Fundamentals of geology, reservoir engineering & production modes 5 days
  • Petroleum geology and geophysics
  • Reservoir fluids. Petrophysics
  • Well log interpretation
  • Well testing. Reservoir engineering and simulation
Fundamentals of drilling, well completion & well performance 5 days
  • Drilling fundamentals
  • Well completion equipment
  • Well performance
  • Well servicing and workover
Gathering networks design & operation – Flow assurance issues 5 days
  • Fundamentals of fluid mechanics. Multiphase Flow
  • Flow assurance issues
  • Gathering systems design
  • Tie-in assessment: Case-study using PIPESIMTM
  • Multi-phase flow dynamic simulation: Natural gas field development: gathering network simulation using OLGATM
Thermodynamics applied to well effluent processing 5 days
  • Well effluent. Ideal gas and real fluid behavior
  • Gas compression and expansion
  • Liquid vapor equilibrium of pure components and mixtures. Mixture separation
  • HYSYSTM or PRO/IITM simulation: propane cryogenic loop
  • Fundamentals of distillation
  • HYSYSTM or PRO/IITM simulation: NGL splitter
Gas processing & conditioning 5 days
  • Commercial specifications for natural gas. Need for gas field processing
  • Water content of natural gas. Gas hydrates
  • Dehydration process: TEG units and molecular sieves
  • Sweetening: amines, membranes
  • NGL recovery and fractionation
Process simulation 5 days
  • Using HYSYSTM or PRO/IITM, participants are coached throughout the week to build a complete gas plant model including:
  • Gas field treatment: primary separation, dehydration, compression
  • NGL recovery and fractionation: propane loop, distillation
  • Analysis of gas plant design and operating parameters
Natural gas storage & transport by pipeline 5 days
  • Gas storage
  • Storage types, storage equipment, compression
  • Gas transport by pipelines
  • Transport network
  • Design and construction of gas pipelines
  • Compression, corrosion prevention, metering stations
  • Operation of a network
Piping systems & process equipment: sizing & operation 5 days
  • Piping and valves
  • Metallurgy. Corrosion. Cathodic protection
  • Pressure relief systems – PSV’s and flare network
  • Thermal equipment, pressure vessels, separation columns
Electrical systems, instrumentation, process control & safety systems 5 days
  • Electrical power generation
  • Electrical power distribution network and equipment
  • Field instrumentation; controllers; control loop structures
  • Distributed Control System (DCS)
  • Safety Instrumented Systems (SIS): ESD, HIPS, Fire & Gas System
Rotating machinery: technology, selection & operation 5 days
  • Operating principles, technology, selection criteria, performances and operating conditions of:
  • Centrifugal and volumetric pumps
  • Centrifugal and reciprocating compressors
  • Gas turbines
  • Turbo-expanders
HSE & Safety Engineering applied to gas plants 5 days
  • Main hazards in gas production facilities
  • Risk in normal production operations
  • Safe isolation of plant and equipment
  • Main safety engineering studies:
  • HAZID / HAZOP workflow and application
  • Plant layout case study
  • QRA - Consequence analysis methodology
Project Management & Economics 5 days
  • Project phases: preliminary studies, FEED, detailed engineering, procurement, construction and commissioning
  • Project cost estimation and cost control. Quality and HSE management in projects
  • Overview of Natural Gas Economics
Gas field development project & jury 10 days
  • 10-day teamwork on a real case study with deliverables to be presented on the last day (jury)