Offshore Field Development - Pipelines & Flow AssuranceODEV/OFFSHGB

Who should attend?

  • This course provides a deep understanding of offshore technology and techniques, with a particular emphasis on issues of flow assurance.
Audience :
  • Engineers and technicians involved in designing, constructing or operating Oil & Gas offshore production facilities.

Level : Foundation

Course Content

  • OVERVIEW OF OFFSHORE DEVELOPMENTS

      • Constraints specific to offshore production.
      • Present performances and future perspectives. Technological barriers.
  • FIXED & FLOATING PRODUCTION STRUCTURES

      • Offshore production structures: jacket, semi-submersible, SPAR, TLP, FPSO…
      • Selection criteria. Limitations.
      • Terminology: shallow water, deep offshore, ultra-deep offshore.
  • CONSTRUCTION & INSTALLATION OF PLATFORMS

      • Platform technology. Platform installation techniques.
      • Examples of shallow water developments.
  • DEEP OFFSHORE DEVELOPMENTS

      • Typical subsea architecture: subsea wellheads, well jumpers, production manifolds, production lines, production risers, preservation lines, umbilicals.
      • Role and technology of each piece of equipment.
      • Examples of deep offshore developments.
  • FPSO/FSO TECHNOLOGY

      • Technology of floating (production), storage and offloading vessels.
      • Ballast tanks. Atmosphere control.
      • Oil, methanol… Storage tanks. Blanketing system.
      • Storage tanks start-up procedures. Incidents.
      • Technology and operation of FSO/FPSO offloading (tanker loading) buoy.
  • OPERATION OF TERMINALS

      • Technology of tankers and loading/offloading equipment.
      • Marine operations of reception and exports.
      • Terminal constraints: storage capacity, scheduling.
  • NEW DEEP WATER TECHNOLOGIES

      • Overview of new deep water technologies that are in R&D or pilot stages.
  • FLOW ASSURANCE 1/2: PREVENTION OF DEPOSITS IN FLOWLINES

      • Main flow assurance problems: hydrates, paraffins, sulfates, sand, salt, naphtenates…
      • Main technical solutions and preservation operations. Intervention techniques.
  • FLOW ASSURANCE 2/2: MONITORING OF MULTI-PHASE FLOW THROUGH FLOWLINES

      • Multi-phase flow patterns. Application to Oil & Gas upstream activities.
      • Gas dominated systems: dry versus wet scheme, flowline and slug catcher design.
      • Oil dominated systems: hydrodynamic slug flow, examples.
  • PIPELINES: TECHNOLOGY, LAYING & OPERATION

      • Technology of pipelines: standards, material grades, insulation techniques.
      • Pipeline laying techniques (offshore and shore approach). Illustrations.
      • Pipeline operation and maintenance:
      • Main flow assurance problems. Main available technical solutions.
      • Pipe corrosion monitoring and prevention. Cathodic protection.
      • Pipeline maintenance/maintenance management.

Learning Objectives

  • Upon completion of the course, participants will be able to:
  • understand the technology and design of offshore production facilities,
  • grasp the architecture of offshore field developments, from shallow water to deep offshore,
  • understand pipelines technology, laying techniques and main operational problems,
  • learn the techniques used to prevent main problems of flow assurance.

Ways & Means

  • Highly interactive training by industry-specialist lecturers.
  • Numerous case studies from the offshore industry.