Gathering Network: Design EngineeringSPRO/NETWORKGB

Who should attend?

  • This course aims to provide a practical understanding of gathering network conceptual design and tie-in assessment.
Audience :
  • Engineers looking to acquire best practices of Oil & Gas gathering network design and simulation using PIPESIM™.

Level : Foundation

Course Content

  • FUNDAMENTALS OF FLUID MECHANICS

      • Total energy of a fluid; Bernoulli law.
      • Real fluid flow: viscosity, friction coefficient.
      • Flow regimes: laminar and turbulent flows.
      • Application: evaluation of pressure drop in a pumping station.
  • MULTIPHASE FLOW

      • Definition of multi-phase flow, main terminology.
      • Flow patterns, main considerations.
      • Basic understanding of different modeling approaches.
  • GATHERING SYSTEMS DESIGN & ARCHITECTURE SELECTION

      • Types of gathering systems, a review of common architectures.
      • Backpressure & well productivity.
      • Design practices and guidelines.
      • Main considerations: pressure drop, erosion velocities.
      • Design of pipelines, sizing criteria and sizing methodology.
      • Application: sizing of an oil/gas condensate production line.
  • OIL/GAS GATHERING NETWORK PROJECTS

      • Project planning; route selection; jurisdiction, permitting and rights of way.
      • Surface considerations; alignment; surveying and mapping.
      • Construction; inspection and testing.
      • Operation and maintenance.
  • GATHERING NETWORK DESIGN & OPTIMIZATION USING PIPESIM™

      • Introduction to PIPESIM™ software: building models, main considerations and recommendations.
      • PIPESIM™ will be used to study both gas production networks and crude oil production networks. For each type of system, the production network will be analyzed in detail:
      • Well performance vs. back-pressure.
      • Multiphase flow modeling (flow regimes, liquid holdup, slug characteristics and pressure loss analysis) across the production network.
      • Comparison of different gathering network configurations.
      • Determination of optimal locations for pumps and compressors.
      • Identification of locations most prone to flow assurance issues (erosion, corrosion, hydrate formation, deposits).
      • Analysis of heat transfer across the production network and associated flow assurance issues.
      • Identification of bottlenecks and optimization opportunities.
  • TIE-IN ASSESSMENT USING PIPESIM™

      • Tie-ins and their impact on existing networks.
      • Implementation strategies, design and operation considerations.
      • Introduction to gathering network simulation using PIPESIM™.
      • Tie-ins case studies using PIPESIM™.

Learning Objectives

  • Upon completion of the course, participants will be able to:
  • explain operational constraints of single and multi-phase flow lines,
  • describe multiphase flow patterns and main disturbing factors,
  • assess the implications of different gathering network architectures,
  • study actual network configurations and the impact of adding tie-ins using the software PIPESIM™,
  • explain the different phases of the construction of a gathering network.

Ways & Means

  • Highly interactive training with industry specialist lecturers.
  • Methodology illustrated by multiple industrial case studies.
  • Numerous design simulation using PIPESIM™.