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E-538 - Offshore Field Development - Pipelines & Flow Assurance

  • Engineers and technicians involved in designing, constructing or operating Oil & Gas offshore production facilities.
  • This course provides a deep understanding of offshore technology and techniques, with a particular emphasis on issues of flow assurance.
Learning Objectives
  • Upon completion of the course, participants will be able to:
  • understand the technology and design of offshore production facilities,
  • grasp the architecture of offshore field developments, from shallow water to deep offshore,
  • understand pipelines technology, laying techniques and main operational problems,
  • learn the techniques used to prevent main problems of flow assurance.
  • No prerequisites for this course.
Ways and means
  • Highly interactive training by industry-specialist lecturers.
  • Numerous case studies from the offshore industry.

Overview of offshore developments 0.25 day
  • Constraints specific to offshore production.
  • Present performances and future perspectives - Technological barriers.
Fixed & floating production structures 0.25 day
  • Offshore production structures: jacket, semi-submersible, SPAR, TLP, FPSO, …
  • Selection criteria. Limitations.
  • Terminology: shallow water, deep offshore, ultra-deep offshore.
Construction & installation of platforms 0.5 day
  • Platform technology - Platform installation techniques.
  • Examples of shallow water developments.
Deep offshore developments 0.5 day
  • Typical subsea architecture: subsea wellheads, well jumpers, production manifolds, production lines, production risers, preservation lines, umbilicals.
  • Role and technology of each piece of equipment.
  • Examples of deep offshore developments.
FPSO/FSO technology 0.5 day
  • Technology of floating (production) Storage and offloading vessels.
  • Ballast tanks. Atmosphere control.
  • Oil, methanol, … Storage tanks. Blanketing system.
  • Storage tanks start-up procedures - Incidents.
  • Technology and operation of FSO/FPSO offloading (tanker loading) buoy.
Operation of terminals 0.25 day
  • Technology of tankers and loading/offloading equipment.
  • Marine operations of reception and exports.
  • Terminal constraints: storage capacity, scheduling.
New deepwater technologies 0.25 day
  • Overview of new deepwater technologies that are in R&D or pilot stages.
Flow assurance 1/2: prevention of deposits in flowlines 0.5 day
  • Main flow assurance problems: hydrates, paraffins, sulfates, sand, salt, naphtenates, …
  • Main technical solutions and preservation operations. Intervention techniques.
Flow assurance 2/2: monitoring of multi-phase flow through flowlines 1 day
  • Multi-phase flow patterns. application to Oil & Gas upstream activities.
  • Gas dominated systems: dry versus wet scheme, flowline and slug catcher design.
  • Oil dominated systems: hydrodynamic slug flow, examples.
Pipelines: technology, laying & operation 1 day
  • Technology of pipelines: standards, material grades, insulation techniques.
  • Pipeline laying techniques (offshore and shore approach). Illustrations.
  • Pipeline operation and maintenance:
  • Main flow assurance problems. Main available technical solutions.
  • Pipe corrosion monitoring and prevention - Cathodic protection.
  • Pipeline maintenance/maintenance management.
2017 course calendar
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Oct 23 - 27 Pau €3,480 Online