Process Engineering - Equipment Sizing


Who should attend?

  • This course provides an overview of Oil & Gas projects engineering studies, from conceptual design to detail drawing.
Public :
  • Process engineers.

Level : Proficiency

Course Content


      • Definition of the different type of projects.
      • Planning, description of the different project steps.
      • Organization: task force or conventional.
      • Departments description and role: purchasing, cost control, planning, engineering, construction…
      • Relation between client and contractor: progress report, change order…

      • Process flow schemes: purpose, available information.
      • General rules for the PID’s conception:
      • PID’s importance during the contract.
      • Milestones: PID’s review…
      • Potential development, “clever PID’s”.
      • Study of the PID’s by splitting them in elementary parts (each part is made of one or several equipment): fractionation column, furnace, reactors, compressors…; piping; regulation, instrumentation will be studied in each part.
      • Safety elements: safety valves, valve action per air failure.
      • Utilities, start-up and shutdown piping: steam/condensate networks, hot oil, drain systems.
      • Other auxiliary piping: off-spec., start-up and shutdown piping.

      • Units and conversion factors.
      • Hydrocarbon properties.
      • Equipment design rules: rotating machines (compressors, pumps…); thermal equipment (furnaces, heat exchangers); storage tanks; pressure vessels.
      • Piping design as per the fluid inside: gas, subcooled liquid, boiling liquid…
      • Instrumentation: control valves, on-off valves, flow meters, indicators…

      • Definition of risks.
      • Flare stack and flare main header and sub-headers design.
      • Safety valves design.
      • Emergency shut down diagram.
      • Depressurization.
  • PROJECT (treated all along the course)

      • Conception of a PID from a process flow scheme. Application of rules for sizing piping and pieces of equipment.

Learning Objectives

  • Upon completion of the course, the participants will be able to:
  • know the various aspects of project engineering and to apply their directly to concrete cases,
  • be able to work with PID schemes.

Ways & Means

  • Lectures with exercises.
  • Project by team (2 or 3 students): conception of a PID scheme from a PFD.
  • Specific and detailed documentation, industrial examples.