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Surface Production Operations Workshop (PRO06)


    This workshop will cover the techniques necessary to manage oil and gas field surface production activities. It provides a discussion and awareness of the different processes used in common production operations like gas and gas condensate treatment as well as oil and water handling. The basic fluid descriptions together with interpretation guidelines will support a better understanding of complex treatment processes. Based on recent treatment processes modern guidelines will be discussed and will improve participants' daily operating skills.

    Course Level: Skill
    Instructor: Wolfram Kleinitz

    Designed for you, if you are...

    • A production or facility engineer, project manager, production chemist, a member of field operational staff currently or potentially involved in natural gas or oil production operations

    How we build your confidence

    The workshop focuses on practical onsite experience. Case histories and practical examples will be subdivided into the following sections: System description, theoretical background, modern monitoring and control systems, weaknesses in treatment systems as well as the aspects of “over-engineering”. To improve the understanding of actual treatment systems videotapes will be shown and discussed.

    The benefits from attending

    By the end of the workshop you will feel confident in your understanding of:

    • Gas, oil and water properties and their physicochemical behaviour
    • Oil: Chemical crude oil composition and their characteristics, viscosity, temperature and pressure behaviour
    • Treated water: Formation water and chemical composition, impact of total dissolved solids (TDS), solubility of organics in water and vice versa, impact of oxygen on produced and injection water
    • Gas processing and modern gas dehydration units, operational guidelines and troubleshooting in TEG units
    • Condensate and oil processing and transport including oil / water emulsions and their destabilisation
    • How to determine water quality for reinjection with focus on rest oil and suspended solids
    • Tanks and their interior fittings, coalescer, flotation unit and hydrocyclons
    • Different types of production chemicals, mode of action and undesirable side effects
    • The occurrence of organic scales in surface units and pipelines including pigging guidelines
    • Modern surveillance procedures in surface operations
    • How to apply production chemicals in operation units and control their efficiency


    • Gas, oil and water properties and their physicochemical behaviour
      - PVT description, solubility, vapour pressure, viscosity, total dissolved solids
      - Interpretation of gas, water and oil analysis
      - Sampling recommendations and skills for special lab analysis
    • Surface production processing
      - Gas processing and specification for sales
      - Oil processing and specification for transport and sales
      - Water quality for reinjection with focus on rest oil and suspended solids
      - Flow regimes in oil and gas production
      - Modern surveillance procedures
    • Gas / condensate separation and treatment
      - Treatment process for NG at different wellhead pressure stages
      - Impact of foam formation on treatment efficiency
      - Dehydration unit and operational guidelines, troubleshooting for TEG units
      - Halite formation in stabilised condensate
      - Treatment of H2S containing gas at low and high concentration
    • Treatment units and their efficiency
      - First step separation: Horizontal vs. vertical three-phase separator
      - Treatment: Tanks and their interior fittings, coalescer, flotation unit etc.
      - Impact and control of retention time distribution in treatment units
      - Main reasons for non-effective treatment plants
      - Recommendations for monitoring systems in daily operation
    • Impact of production chemicals on treatment
      - Hydraulic impact on emulsion formation and stability
      - Guidelines for emulsifier screening and dosage
      - Recommendation for cleaning processes in treatment units
    • Scale formation in surface production units
      - Occurrence of organic scales: Asphaltenic, paraffinic and naphthenates
      - Formation of inorganic scale: Sulphate, carbonate and other inorganic depositions
      - Screening and evaluation of scale predicting programs
      - Dewpoint measurements and benchmarking of different devices

    Customer Feedback

    "Valuable information clearly presented." - Engineer at ZADCO

    "The course covered different aspects of production chemistry" - Engineer at ADCO




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