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Surface Equipment Facilities

An Intensive 5-Day Training Course

Surface Equipment Facilities

Surface Operations and Equipment Troubleshooting

Scheduled Dates

20 - 24 May 2024 Dubai - UAE $5,950
18 - 22 Nov 2024 Dubai - UAE $5,950
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Why Choose this Training Course?

This Surface Equipment Facilities training course will provide a comprehensive overview of all typical oilfield treating and processing equipment. Participants will learn not only the purpose of each piece of equipment but how each works. Emphasis will be on gaining a detailed understanding of the facilities and the working principles of all types of surface facilities equipment. Through this training course, participants will learn how to operate and control the surface facilities production equipment and processes efficiently and safely.

The PetroKnowledge training course provides both theoretical and practical knowledge and skills highlighting:

  • Technology of the main surface production equipment
  • The major design guidelines of each equipment
  • Equipment common operating parameters & controls
  • Equipment common troubleshooting
  • Equipment startup/shutdown from/to different modes (Vessel start-up after major maintenance job, power failure, stand by, different ESD levels)
  • Related codes & standards for each equipment
  • How to maintain the efficient operation of surface production equipment considering safety as the prime consideration

What are the Goals?

By the end of this training course participants will be able to:

  • Identify the main surface facilities equipment, different types, application, selection criteria, the instrument & control devices used, the protection & safety devices installed
  • Understand the working principles of each equipment
  • Describe the operating context to maximize the equipment reliability and mitigate failure
  • Describe the range of application of different types and categories
  • Be familiar with common faults and its remedies
  • Acquire knowledge on plant equipment operations and troubleshooting
  • Review the operational systems, checklists and procedures adopted for process plant equipment commissioning and startup
  • Anticipate and avoid all problems associated with oil and gas process plant equipment start-up/shutdown and operate process plants with safety as the prime consideration
  • Be fully aware with the equipment used to process and transport produced oil, gas, and water including separators, heater-treaters, tanks, gas dehydration and sour gas sweetening systems, equipment used to clarify produced water, pumps, compressors, and heat exchange equipment
  • Understand the effects of produced fluid compositions (oil/gas/water) on facility equipment selection and operation

Who is this Training Course for?

This PetroKnowledge training course is suitable for a wide range of professionals but will greatly benefit:

  • Production Engineers
  • Process Engineers
  • Operation Engineers
  • Operation Staff
  • Technical Supervisory Staff

How will this Training Course be Presented?

This Surface Equipment Facilities training course will be delivered by an extensively interactive training methods, encouraging attendants to share their own questions and experiences and apply the course material to real-life work case studies. The attendants will also be encouraged to raise more of their own questions and to share developing the right answers using their own analysis and experience. Training course material through power point equipped with necessary animation, learning videos, and general discussion to provide participants with full understanding concerning the subject course will be provided.

  • 40% Presentation
  • 25% Group & Individual Exercises
  • 20% Case Studies
  • 15% Active Movies and Videos

Organisational Impact

This training course will guide the participates to understand the key concepts and techniques for the surface production equipment. These key concepts can be utilized to maintain the safe and efficient operation of the whole surface production processing facilities.

This training course will emphasize the safe utilization of these equipment by operations and maintenance personnel, and equipment troubleshooting techniques.

Personal Impact

By attending this training course, you will be able to:

  • Grasp fundamentals of Oil & Gas surface production techniques
  • Explain operating principles and conditions of oil, water, and gas treatment
  • Acquire details of main equipment of surface production equipment
  • Understand how to maintain the efficient operation of surface production facilities considering safety as the prime consideration

Daily Agenda

Day One: Overview of Oil and Gas Surface Production Facilities 

  • Introduction
    • Production Fluid Properties and Hydrocarbon Properties
    • Qualitative phase behavior and reservoirs
    • Typical sales/disposal specifications
    • Different Process Facility Configurations
    • Flowlines, piping and gathering systems
    • Static Equipment
  • Separators
    • Principles of Separation
    • Separator Application
    • Separators Classification
    • Stage Separation
    • Separators Sizing
    • Separators Operation and Troubleshooting
  • Heat Exchangers and Coolers
    • Types of heat exchangers 
    • Basic concepts of heat exchangers construction
    • Operation and troubleshooting
  • Storage Tanks
    • General considerations
    • Design, selection, operation and troubleshooting

Day Two: Oil Treatment 

  • Oil Dehydration/Desalting
    • Emulsions
    • Emulsifying Agents
    • Emulsion Terminology
  • Treatment Equipment
    • Electrical Desalting of Crude Oils
    • Desalters
    • Heatertreaters (horizontal & vertical)
    • Electrostatic heatertreaters
    • Gumbarrels
    • Wash tanks

Day Three: Gas Conditioning and Processing 

  • Overview of Gas Conditioning and Processing
    • Gas composition and sales gas specifications
    • Gas Dehydration Systems
    • Gas Sweetening Systems
    • NGL Recovery and Fractionation
  • Distillation and Fractionation Towers
    • Trayed and Packed columns design and operation
    • Operating columns in fouling service
    • Tower operation and troubleshooting

Day Four: Rotating Equipment

  • Compressors
    • Gas compression system
    • General considerations
    • Compressor system design and selection
    • Operation and troubleshooting
  •  Pumps
    • General considerations
    • Pump system design, selection, operation and troubleshooting
    • Examples and Case Studies
  • Gas Turbines
    • General considerations
    • System design, selection, operation and troubleshooting

Day Five: Design and Operation of Flare System  

  • Safety implications and causes of overpressure
  • Overpressure protection principles
  • Swiss-cheese model
  • Relieving capacity determination
  • Selection and sizing of relieving devices
  • Flare types
  • Flare Design
  • Flare operation and controlling emissions
  • Zero flaring concept


  • On successful completion of this training course, a PetroKnowledge Certificate will be awarded to the delegates

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The Energy Training Centre

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  • 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.

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