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E-680 - Oil & Gas Process Simulation

  • Professionals involved or interested in oil and gas field treatment processes: operation or process personnel, engineering staff, R&D engineers…
  • To provide a comprehensive knowledge of all field treatments, and develop practical skills in simulation of oil and gas treatment processes using the softwares HYSYS and ProII
Learning Objectives
  • To understand oil and gas processing operations: flash separation, compression, expansion, heating or cooling, mixing, pumping, etc.
  • To grasp common oil and gas processing schemes and operating parameters
  • To build a Process Flow Diagram (PFD) and optimize existing processing schemes
  • To simulate an industrial unit at different operating stages
  • To extract thermodynamics data from the simulation software database (phase envelope, critical point parameters, hydrate formation risk area, different physical properties…)
Ways and means
  • Highly interactive training by industry-specialist lecturers
  • Several simulation case studies, addressing most of oil and gas field treatments
  • Extensive practice of ProII and HYSYS simulation software

Software presentation 0.25 day
  • Presentation of the different pieces of equipment: pumps, compressors, heat exchangers, turbines, turbo expanders, separators, valves, pipes
  • Choice of the thermodynamic model: PR, SRK...
  • Definition of components, pseudo-components, heavy-cuts
Simulation of a crude oil field treatment unit 1 day
  • Main field treatments for crude oils: stabilization, sweetening, desalting and dehydration, associated gas compression and treatment
  • Study of an offshore crude oil field treatment unit, based on Multiple Stage Separation (MSS)
  • Influence of the number of separators on the quality (API°, RVP...) and quantity of stabilized oil
  • Optimization of the operating parameters: pressures and temperatures of separators, suction and discharge condition of compressors, pumping needs for export by pipe
  • Identification and adjustment of the controlling parameters
Simulation of a natural gas field treatment unit 1 day
  • Main field treatments for natural gases: dehydration, sweetening, NGL extraction/recovery, compression and export...
  • Study of an offshore natural gas dehydration, liquids extraction and compression unit
  • Optimization of the operating parameters: primary separator operating conditions, dehydration parameters, cooling temperature for a sufficient liquid extraction, compression needs upstream the export pipe
  • Identification and adjustment of the controlling parameters
  • Analysis of hydrate formation risks
Simulation of a gas dehydration unit by physical absorption (TEG) 0.75 day
  • Simulation of the glycol loop: contactor, flash separator, regenerator (still), circulation pumps, glycol/glycol exchanger
  • Adjustment of controlling parameters: dry gas residual moisture content versus purity of lean TEG, moisture flow to be removed versus TEG circulation flow
Simulation of a natural gas liquids (NGL) extraction / recovery unit 0.75 day
  • Progressive build up of the PFD of a Natural Gas Liquids (NGL) extraction unit
  • Three processes are studied:
  • External refrigeration loop (cryogenic loop)
  • Joule Thomson expansion valve
  • Turbo Expander
  • Illustration of the results on phase envelope diagram
Simulation of a propane cryogenic loop 0.75 day
  • Study of a simple loop
  • Improvement of loop performances by addition of an intermediate expansion
  • Use of propane enthalpy diagram to validate the software results
  • Influence of propane purity and consequences of air ingress
Simulation of natural gas liquid fractionation unit - Distillation process 0.5 day
  • Principle of separation by distillation process and main operating parameters
  • Simulation of a NGL fractionation unit using distillation columns
  • Characteristics and operating conditions of the main equipment - Specific constraints
2016 course calendar
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Mar 28 - Apr 01 Rueil €3,210 Online By email