Upstream Project Precommissioning, Commissioning & Start-Up


Who should attend?

  • This course provides a comprehensive and practical knowledge of all issues involved in the long procedure leading to a successful start-up of Oil & Gas processing facilities.
Audience :
  • Supervisors, engineers and technicians in the E&P field and professionals responsible for commissioning, start-up, acceptance and operation of new processing facilities or revamping projects.

Level : Proficiency

Course Content


      • Main phases of a project: pre-FEED, FEED (basic engineering), detailed engineering, construction, precommissioning, commissioning, start-up.
      • Categories of engineering, procurement, construction (EPC) contracts: EPC, EPCC, EPCC/start-up.
      • Reimbursable versus long sum types of EPC contracts.

      • Definition and responsibilities.
      • Operations to be performed.
      • Ready for commissioning.
      • Hand over to commissioning team.
      • Typical precommissioning dossier.
      • Case studies.

      • Definition and responsibilities.
      • System and subsystem approach, packages.
      • Commissioning preparation: organization and man-power (including vendors and future operators), planning, budget, documentation/commissioning spare parts.
      • Case studies.
      • Operations to be performed in each discipline: mechanical, electrical, instrumentation, OTP’s.
      • Hand over.
      • Safety during commissioning (SIMOPS…).
      • Commissioning costs.

      • Preparation: manpower (operators; vendors…), training, spare parts, planning, procedures/operating manual.
      • Safety.
      • Performances tests.
      • Start-up costs.
      • Case study: start-up sequence exercise in teams of three to four.

Learning Objectives

  • Upon completion of the course, participants will be able to:
  • plan and organize the start-up and acceptance of processing units with respect to specific constraints,
  • anticipate the problems related to the financial, technical, operational and organizational aspects,
  • avoid the most common errors and reduce their impact,
  • take into account the distinct objectives of, and the communication channels between, all stakeholders (contractor, oil company’s project team and operating group).

Ways & Means

  • Start-up and incident analysis from real situations.