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Production Operations Engineering (BACPRE01LIC1)

  • 10 daysLicense period: 1 Month Course Fee: 650 EUR


This extensive course covers an introduction to petroleum production, well performance concepts and applications (well modelling with Prosper) and a review of artificial lift systems design, diagnosis and applications in both conventional and unconventional reservoirs. Production operations topics include data measurement and analysis, well surveillance, well integrity, well intervention and sand control, formation damage and stimulation, production chemistry and flow assurance, surface production facilities and fluids treatment and corrosion control and materials selection. This course provides a solid and comprehensive foundation for all production engineers. IChemE accredited course (70 CPD hours).

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  • Explain the formation of reservoirs and their properties; describe the exploration and appraisal process leading to field development production systems and how these relate to water depth
  • Describe the concepts of nodal analysis for flowrate prediction and the effect of sensitivity variables. Explain the concepts of slip and holdup and how this influences flow correlation selection
  • Build, validate and match a naturally flowing oil well model, run nodal analysis sensitivities, interpret the results and export lift curves (Prosper)
  • Describe the concepts of artificial lift systems operation, design and diagnosis. Identify the key selection criteria for artificial lift methods and how these apply in unconventional wells
  • Identify best practice in measurement system design and application and compare the strengths and weaknesses of various primary devices. List the key types of production data that are measured and collected and used in production surveillance, allocation and optimisation
  • List the principal types of formation damage and their treatment. Compare and contrast the various well intervention and stimulation techniques available for production wells
  • Analyse the various threats to well integrity and flow assurance in production and injection systems and identify the associated key maintenance strategies. Explain the mechanisms and the methods of control for the various forms of corrosion prevalent within the oil and gas industry including the appropriate selection of materials
  • Describe the objectives, options and layout of surface production facilities for onshore and offshore fields. Explain the selection, sizing and operation of primary separation systems
  • Identify the main equipment types used in the treatment of oil, water and gas to meet export specifications and explain their operation. List the primary components and function of the various transportation systems required to export oil, gas and water


1. Introduction to Production Operations
2. Production system concepts
3. Units and datums
4. Reservoir fluid properties overview
5. PVT correlations and matching
6. Gas fluid properties using an EoS
7. Workshop: Building a well model with Prosper (Part 1)
8. Inflow performance concepts
9. Radial flow IPR and skin
10. Outflow performance concepts
11. Holdup and slip
12. Flow correlations and VLPs
13. Workshop: Building a well model with Prosper (Part 2)
14. Pressure loss at surface
15. Nodal analysis concepts
16. Nodal analysis plot interpretation
17. Workshop: Matching the well model (Prosper)
18. Workshop: More complex IPR modelling (Prosper)
19. Workshop: Sensitivity analysis (Prosper)
20. Introduction to Artificial Lift Systems
21. Gas lift key concepts
22. Gas lift design and VLPs
23. Gas lift equipment and valve calculations
24. Gas lift diagnosis
25. ESP key concepts and performance curves
26. ESP equipment overview
27. ESP design and sensitivities
28. ESP operations, control and optimisation
29. ESP diagnosis and runlife optimisation
30. PCP key concepts and performance curves
31. PCP design and operation
32. Artificial lift in unconventional reservoirs
33. Production measurement
34. Production surveillance
35. Production allocation
36. Well integrity management
37. Well intervention and sand control
38. Formation damage and stimulation methods
39. Production chemistry and flow assurance
40. Surface production facilities and treatment
41. Corrosion control and material selection
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