Module 2: Oil & Water Processing

Sizing - Simulation - Operation


Who should attend?

  • This course provides a comprehensive understanding of oil and water treatment processes, operation and troubleshooting.
Public :
  • Engineers involved in operating or designing oil and water field processing facilities.

Level : Proficiency

Course Content


      • Constituents raising problems for storage, transport, or crude oil sale.
      • Different specifications and quality requirements of crude oils.
      • Necessary treatments to reach these specifications.
      • Examples of compositions of commercialized crude oils.

      • Crude stabilization by Multi Stage Separation (MSS):
      • Process principle.
      • Operating parameters: number of separation stages, pressures, heating and cooling needs… - Influence on the quantity and quality (API grade) of the produced oil.
      • Foaming problems and main available solutions.
      • Associated gas recompression - Typical associated gas compression schemes.
      • Applications: practice of separator summary design methods.
      • PRO/II™ simulation: study of the influence of separation stage number on the performances of a MSS process.
      • Crude dehydration and desalting:
      • Emulsion problems.
      • Main dehydration processes.
      • Crude oil desalting.
      • Applications: practice of desalter summary design methods.
      • Acid crude sweetening (H2S removal):
      • Cold stripping: origin of stripping gas, need for sweetening of stripping gas.
      • Hot stripping.
      • Applications: practice of stripping column summary design methods.
      • PRO/II™ simulation: simulation of a crude oil stripping units case study.
      • Case study: simulation of a whole crude oil field treatment plant; study of an offshore crude oil field treatment unit, based on a Multiple Stage Separation (MSS) process scheme; optimization of the operating parameters.

      • Atmospherics tanks.
      • Case of floating storage vessels (FSO, FPSO).
      • Maintenance and operation.

      • Regulations for disposal.
      • Main treatments. Operating principle and required performances.
      • Comparison of the different available techniques. Selection criteria.
      • Examples of production water treatment block flow diagrams.

      • Reasons for water injection.
      • Quality requirements and necessary treatments.
      • Main operating conditions of each treatment and required performances.
      • Examples of injection water treatment block flow diagrams.

Learning Objectives

  • Upon completion of the course, participants will be able to:
  • list various problems that can be induced by unwanted elements and compounds in crude oil streams,
  • master oil and water treatment processes, operations and related operating conditions,
  • design main equipment used for oil processing,
  • troubleshoot main operating problems encountered in oil and water processing and related solutions,
  • simulate crude oil treatment processes using the PRO/II™ software,
  • describe technology, operating principles and maintenance of storage tanks.

Ways & Means

  • Highly interactive training with industry-specialist lecturers.
  • Numerous applications and illustrations.
  • Extensive practice of PRO/II™ process simulation software.
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