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Troubleshooting in the Oil & Gas Industry

3 days RPC/TBS
Level
Proficiency
Audience
  • Engineers, senior operation personnel or technical supervisory staff interested in solving troubleshooting cases on refining and petrochemical plants.
Purpose
  • This course provides a better understanding of what troubleshooting is and an overview of how to solve basic troubleshooting cases on refining and petrochemical plants.
Learning Objectives
  • Upon completion of the course, participants will be able to:
  • select the right element in the theoretical and practical “toolboxes” to perform a troubleshooting case study,
  • troubleshoot main equipment problems: air cooler, distillation column, reactor, furnaces, …,
  • systematically use an easy-to-implement methodology of troubleshooting.
Prerequisite
  • No prerequisites for this course.
Ways and means
  • “Gamification”, quizzes and exercises.
  • Videos.
  • Interactive and realistic sessions of troubleshooting cases studies.

WHAT IS TROUBLESHOOTING 0.25 day
  • What is troubleshooting? Typical cases seen in refineries and petrochemical plants.
  • How to start with a troubleshooting case.
TROUBLESHOOTING “TOOLBOXES” 0.75 day
  • Theoretical “toolbox”: summary of the main rules, laws, orders of magnitude often used during a troubleshooting exercise on site. For instance: mass and energy balances, pressure and pressure drop behavior, thermodynamical laws, …
  • Practical “toolbox”: discussion and presentation of the principal field tools used in troubleshooting for temperature, pressure, flows measurements, chemical analysis, gamma scanning, … - Advantages and drawbacks, precautions of uses.
  • Exercises to implement, on real cases studies, the theoretical and practical toolboxes.
METHODOLOGY 0.25 day
  • Overview of different methods used in troubleshooting: 5 Why, RCA, PDCA, …
  • Presentation of an easy-to-implement method based on PDCA. This methodology will be use during all the training to solve the different troubleshooting exercises.
  • Exercises to implement the methodology on real cases studies.
TROUBLESHOOTING OF EQUIPMENT 0.75 day
  • Overview of the main causes of malfunction of equipment (troubleshooting check-lists):
  • air cooler (optimization, potential problems, fouling and cleaning, fogging system).
  • exchangers (performances, velocity influence, potential problems, fouling and cleaning, water exchanger, tubes inserts types and influence, …).
  • reboilers and condensers (functioning, potential problems, application, …).
  • furnace (combustion and yield, controls, fouling and cleaning, tubes coking, …).
  • distillation column (tower tray: efficiency and flooding, commissioning, …).
  • reactor (internals, catalysts:, potential problems, …).
  • vacuum system (functioning, potential problems, …).
  • drums (carry-over, settling efficiency, …).
  • pumps and compressors.
CASES STUDIES 1 day
  • Realistic troubleshooting case study on industrial units.
  • The objective of these exercises is to summarize and practice all the elements discussed during the first days of the course: theoretical toolbox, practical toolbox, methodology and equipment troubleshooting.
  • The industrial case studies are issued from the following typical units of refining and petrochemical industries:
  • atmospheric and vacuum distillations (circulating, circulating reflux management, internals degradation, side stripper, vapor injection, internals, …).
  • catalytic units: HDS, DHC, Reforming unit (functioning, ΔP problems, …).
  • sweetening units: Merox, amine and sulfur units.
  • steam crackers.
2017 course calendar
Language Dates Location Tuition Register
Jun 06 - 08 Rueil €2,020 Online By email