Pipeline Network Engineering & Operation CertificationSPRO/TRANSPORTGB

Who should attend?

  • This course aims to acquire a comprehensive knowledge and practical know-how in gas and liquid hydrocarbons transport facilities, from technical to HSE and economics issues.
Audience :
  • Graduate engineers and engineers in conversion, aiming to specialize in transportation facilities.
  • This certification program is well suited for junior engineers and engineers in conversion. It can also be tailored to experienced engineers.

Level : Foundation

Course Content

  • INTRODUCTION TO CRUDE OIL & NATURAL GAS PRODUCTION & TRANSPORT

      • Crude oil and natural gas production: fundamentals of reservoir, drilling and completion; well effluent behavior, need for effluent field processing; crude oil processing, gas processing and conditioning.
      • Crude oil, natural gas and Natural Gas Liquids (NGLs) transport by pipeline: overview of transport network and interaction with other blocks of the crude oil chain and natural gas chain.
  • DESIGN, CONSTRUCTION & OPERATION OF PIPELINES

      • Fundamentals of fluid mechanics and friction losses in single-phase flow.
      • Pipeline design standards: pressure, length, volume, diameter.
      • Technology of pipelines: standards, material grades, insulation techniques.
      • Pipe laying: different steps of pipe laying operations (onshore and offshore approaches), cost and duration of pipe laying and compression station construction.
      • Pipeline operation and maintenance: main flow assurance problems, main available technical solutions; introduction to pipe corrosion monitoring and prevention; introduction to pipeline maintenance.
  • PUMPING STATIONS

      • Centrifugal pump operating principle, technology and selection criteria.
      • Pumping system performances and operating conditions.
      • Centrifugal pump operation and troubleshooting.
      • Centrifugal pump maintenance (preventive, conditional and corrective).
  • COMPRESSION STATIONS

      • Centrifugal compressor operating principle, technology and selection criteria.
      • Centrifugal compressor performances and operating conditions.
      • Centrifugal compressor operation and troubleshooting.
      • Centrifugal compressor maintenance (preventive, conditional and corrective).
  • METALLURGY & MATERIALS, WELDING

      • Metallurgy: structures and behavior of metals and alloys at service conditions for static equipment, evaluation of the mechanical characteristics required for predictable behavior at service conditions.
      • Most widely used metals and metal alloys in transport facilities: steels, their composition, structure and behavior at service conditions.
      • Effect of heat treatments resulting from welding or deliberately applied. Common defects in steels.
      • Welding: impact of welding on metals structure, post-welding heat treatment, identification of welding defects.
  • CORROSION PREVENTION - CATHODIC PROTECTION

      • Common types of corrosion: origin and development process, possible methods of prevention.
      • Corrosion prevention: design of equipment, choice of materials, corrosion inhibitors, anti-corrosion coatings and systems; cathodic protection with sacrificial anodes or imposed current (principles and applications, coating and cathodic protection, cathodic protection systems design).
  • INSTRUMENTATION & AUTOMATION

      • Process control overview.
      • Field instrumentation, controllers, control loop structures.
      • Distributed Control System (DCS).
      • Safety Instrumented Systems (SIS): ESD, HIPS, Fire & Gas System.
  • NETWORK OPERATION MANAGEMENT

      • Planning, material balance, allocations and accounts.
      • Monitoring: facilities remote monitoring, cathodic protection systems performance monitoring.
      • Metering stations: single-phase metering: operating principle and equipment, transactional metering of liquids, transactional metering of gases.
      • Maintenance management: maintenance policy and objectives, maintenance costs and failure costs; reliability process measurement and follow-up, reliability analysis and improvement methods; outsourcing and subcontracting, shutdown management.
  • HSE IN TRANSPORT FACILITIES

      • Main hazards associated with hydrocarbon transportation.
      • Risk assessment tools. Job safety analysis.
      • Risk in normal transport operations.
      • Safe isolation of plant and equipment.
      • HSE in maintenance and construction works. Permit to work system.
      • Organizational framework, human factors.
      • Sustainability management in transport operations. Environmental impact.
  • TRANSPORT ECONOMICS

      • Investment costs (CAPEX). Operation costs (OPEX).
      • Fundamentals of contracts. Pricing for access of third parties to the gas transport network.
  • FINAL PROJECT & JURY

      • 5-day teamwork on a real case study with deliverables to be presented on the last day (jury).
      • The final project consists in proposing a design and operation philosophy for a pipeline network project.

Learning Objectives

  • Upon completion of the course, participants will be able to:
  • explain pipeline network design, technology and construction,
  • efficiently blend in operation and maintenance teams of hydrocarbon pipeline network,
  • enforce industry best practices of network operation and maintenance,
  • identify main risks associated to hydrocarbons pipelines operations and implement mitigation measures.

Ways & Means

  • Highly interactive training course delivered by industry experts and adapted to participants’ experience.
  • Numerous industrial case studies.

Certification

  • An international recognition of your competencies.
  • A Graduate Certificate is delivered.
  • An expertise confirmed in Pipeline Network Engineering & Operation .
  • Ready-to-use skills.