Heavy Oil Production and Processing

An Intensive 5-day Training Course

Heavy Oil Production and Processing

Fundamentals, Challenges & Technologies

Heavy Oil Production and Processing

Scheduled Dates


22 - 26 Apr 2024 London - UK $5,950 RESERVE A SEAT
04 - 08 Nov 2024 London - UK $5,950 RESERVE A SEAT

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Why Choose this Training Course?

Heavy crude oils, due to their unique chemical composition, present several technical challenges. The most apparent challenge is their high viscosity, necessitating the development of innovative techniques for smoother flow. However, subtler effects on well site operations, including gas, sand, and water separation, are also significant. In downstream, highly aromatic compounds require additional unit operations like upgrading to convert heavy crude into more valuable hydrocarbons. Elevated concentrations of sulfur, nitrogen, and heavy metals in heavy crude oils introduce processing challenges for removing these elements from refinery products.

This training course covers the entire spectrum, from understanding heavy oil's geological and chemical intricacies to mastering diverse recovery methods and well construction. It will also explore heavy oil gathering, processing, transportation, and the critical aspect of upgrading, imparting industry-relevant knowledge.  Participants will gain practical skills and knowledge to understand unique challenges of heavy oil, optimize production, and contribute to sustainable energy solutions.

This Heavy Oil Production and Processing training course will highlight:

  • Heavy Oil Geology, Geochemistry and Fluid Characterization
  • Heavy Oil Recovery Methods
  • Heavy Oil Wells_ Construction, Completion and Production
  • Heavy Oil Gathering, Processing and Transportation
  • Heavy Oil Processing, Upgrading, and Conversion

What are the Goals?

By the end of this Heavy Oil Production and Processing training course, participants will learn to:

  • Comprehend the unique characteristics and complexities of heavy crude oils including their geology, geochemistry, and fluid properties.
  • Implement a diverse range of recovery methods, from primary to advanced techniques, to maximize heavy oil production from reservoirs
  • Execute well construction, completion, and intervention strategies, overcoming challenges in heavy oil well management
  • Design facilities for heavy oil-water separation and ensure heating, pumping, metering, transportation, and flow assurance.
  • Utilize heavy-to-light oil upgrading processes and technologies to enhance the value of heavy crude resources
  • Implement measures to control sulfur and sour gas emissions in heavy oil processing, ensuring compliance with environmental regulations

Who is this Training Course for?

This PetroKnowledge Heavy Oil Production and Processing training course is designed for a broad range of professionals and individuals involved in or aspiring to work within the oil and gas industry, particularly those dealing with heavy crude oils. It is highly beneficial for:

  • Geologists
  • Geophysicist
  • Reservoir Engineers
  • Drilling Engineers
  • Completion and facilities engineers
  • Chemical and Process Engineers
  • Managers and department heads

How will this Training Course be Presented?

During this training course, participants will receive instruction through thoughtfully constructed slides. Every attendee will receive a printed manual containing all the slides, or they may opt for an electronic PDF version. The training course also includes pre-and post-evaluation tests on relevant topics to enhance the learning experience.

Organisational Impact

Organisation will gain (direct and indirect) the following: 

  • Specialized and skilled workforce with in-depth knowledge of heavy oil production and processing, reducing the need for external experts and consultants
  • Experience improved operational efficiency as participants apply their new skills to optimize production processes, reducing costs and enhancing resource utilization
  • Direct benefits include reduced operational risks and better management of challenges associated with heavy oil, ensuring smoother operations and project continuity
  • Reputation for sustainability and environmental responsibility, which can positively impact stakeholder relations and corporate image

Personal Impact

Personnel will gain the following by attending this Heavy Oil Production and Processing training course:

  • Specialized Knowledge: In-depth understanding of heavy oil production and processing
  • Career Advancement: Opportunities for professional growth and development
  • Practical Skills: Hands-on expertise for industry-specific tasks
  • Professional Connections: Networking opportunities with experts and peers
  • Industry Recognition: A valuable certification and enhanced career prospects.

Daily Agenda

Day One: Introduction -  Heavy Oil Geology, Geochemistry and Fluid Characterization
  • Introduction to Heavy Crude Oils
  • Heavy Oil Geology and Geochemistry
  • Chemistry of Heavy Oils
  • Fluid Samples Collection
  • Phase Behavior and Fluid Properties
  • Flow Assurance Considerations
  • Heavy Oil Developments
Day Two: Heavy Oil Recovery Methods
  • Primary Recovery
  • Nonthermal Recovery
  • Steam-Based Thermal Recovery
  • Non-Steam-Based Thermal Recovery
  • Developed Recovery Methods
Day Three: Heavy Oil Wells - Construction, Completion and Production
  • Part 1: Heavy Oil Well Construction and Completion
    • Challenges
    • Well Construction
    • Well Completions
    • Well Interventions
  • Part 2: Production and Sand Management
    • Submersible Pumping Systems (SPSs)
    • Gas Lifting
    • Sand Management
Day Four: Heavy Oil Gathering, Processing and Transportation
  • Facilities Design: Heavy Oil–Water Separation
  • Heating, Pumping, and Metering
  • Transportation Options and Flow Assurance
  • Storage and Loading
Day Five: Heavy Oil Processing, Upgrading, and Conversion
  • Upgrading During Recovery
  • Heavy-to-Light Oil Upgrading Process
  • Heavy Oil and Residue Upgrading and Conversion Technology
  • Commercial Heavy to Light Oil Upgrading
  • Sulfur and Sour Gas Control


  • On successful completion of this Training Course / Online Training Course, a PetroKnowledge Certificate / E-Certificate will be awarded to the delegates.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • To register online through our website, please click “Enroll Now” on the course page, complete and submit the form. A confirmation e-mail and instructions will be sent to the participant’s e-mail.
  • You may also get in touch with our Registration Team on
    +971 50 981 7386 | +971 2 557 7389 or send an email to reg@petroknowledge.com

  • Payments can be made in USD or UAE local currency AED (Arab Emirates Dirhams) either by Bank Transfer or by Credit Card. Our Bank Account details will be provided on the invoice.
  • Course fees are payable upon booking unless a valid, authorized Purchase Order is provided and accepted.
  • Invoices will be sent via email/courier to the ID/name and address provided.
  • The course fee shall be settled prior to course start date. Corporate payments with existing payment policy shall be relayed to us in advance.

Upon successful registration online, enrolment on the respective training course will be confirmed by Registration Team by e-mail along with the invoice and joining instruction.

For corporate fees and group registration, please send your query to info@petroknowledge.com.

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