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E-550C - Production Supervisor Certification

  • Current or future production supervisors in oil and gas production, transport or storage facilities.
  • This course provides the required skills and comprehensive knowledge to hold the position of production supervisor and ensure safe and efficient operations in upstream Oil & Gas facilities, within the framework of environmental regulations.
Learning Objectives
  • Upon completion of the course, participants will be able to:
  • explain fundamental concepts underlying oil, water and gas processing,
  • grasp technical details and operating issues of completion and artificial lift,
  • detail typical effluent processing techniques and impact of various operating parameters,
  • describe technology and operation of static equipment and rotating machinery used in production facilities,
  • identify HSE risks linked to operations, constraints and maintenance activities,
  • detect anomalous operating conditions and launch appropriate actions.
  • An optional module provides the participants with practical Oil & Gas processing plant operation and associated troubleshooting using a dynamic simulator.
  • Basic technical knowledge of the Oil & Gas industry.
Ways and means
  • Numerous examples taken from the industry and case studies derived from actual situations.
+ 5 optional days

Fundamentals 5 days
  • Fundamentals of chemistry: atoms, molecules, atomic weight, molecular weight
  • Hydrocarbons types and main characteristics
  • Applied physics: force, work and energy, temperature, thermal energy and heat transfer, pressure, hydrostatics, hydrodynamics and friction losses
  • Well effluent: composition, types and characterization parameters
  • Liquid-Vapor equilibrium of pure components and mixtures
  • Well effluents behavior. Need for effluents field processing. Specifications
Downhole production 5 days
  • Fundamentals of reservoir engineering
  • Information on drilling techniques
  • Completion techniques and equipment. Wellhead equipment
  • Artificial lift by Gas Lift (GL), Electrical Submersible Pumps (ESP), Sucker Rod Pumps (SRP), Progressing Cavity Pumps (PCP): principle, operation, selection criteria
Effluent processing 10 days
  • Crude oil treatment
  • Stabilization (degassing): principle, process parameters, foaming problems
  • Dehydration (water removal): principle, process parameters, emulsion problems
  • Sweetening (H2S removal): different techniques, process parameters
  • Production and injection water treatment
  • Gas treatment
  • Gas dehydration and hydrate formation inhibition
  • Gas sweetening
  • NGL extraction / recovery
  • Fundamentals of LNG
  • Oil and gas metering
  • Terminals, FSO / FPSO, offshore development
  • Troubleshooting, methodology and case studies
Static equipment 5 days
  • Piping and valves. Metallurgy and corrosion
  • Storage equipment
  • Thermal equipment
  • Instrumentation, process control. Distributed Control System (DCS). Electricity
  • Safety System: HIPS, ESD, EDP, F&G, USS
Rotating machinery 5 days
  • Pumps: centrifugal and positive displacement
  • Compressors: centrifugal and reciprocating
  • Turbo-expanders
  • Gas turbines
HSE 5 days
  • Main HSE risks
  • Hazards for personnel
  • HSE in production operations
  • HSE in construction and maintenance works
  • Risks inherent to SIMultaneous OPerations (SIMOPS)
  • HSE management. Responsibilities
  • Risk analysis. Safety Engineering concepts
Dynamic simulation (optional) 5 days
  • Efficient use of a DCS to collect information
  • Understanding process dynamics
  • Use of trends and historians to identify / characterize process deviations
  • Case studies: Well plugging, carry over, transmitter drift, valve failure, leaks