Topside Processing Systems

An Intensive 5-Day Training Course

Topside Processing Systems


Scheduled Dates

07 - 11 Aug 2023 Dubai - UAE $5,950
08 - 12 Jan 2024 Dubai - UAE $5,950
05 - 09 Aug 2024 Dubai - UAE $5,950
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Why Choose this Training Course?

Why Choose this Training Course? 

Floating production structures are often similar in appearance to a ship and carries all the necessary production and processing facilities, also known as "topsides". These facilities are normally associated with a fixed oil and gas platform but are instead modularized and placed on the hull.

Topsides are the upper part of an offshore oil platform, or an FPSO. These topsides include crude oil and gas processing facilities as well as the accommodation, helipad, and flares. Topside processing systems carry out distinct functions and are packaged into the modules each of which has a specific function. Their main advantage is that vessels are standalone structures that do not need external infrastructure such as pipelines or storage. The processed crude oil is then offloaded to a shuttle tanker at regular intervals, depending on production and storage capacity. FPSOs today produce from around 10,000 to 200,000 barrels per day. There are more than 200 FPSO’s in operation today. A more recent addition to floating oil and gas processing ships includes FLNG’s and FSRU’s.

This PetroKnowledge training course will highlight:

  • Oil and gas treatment
  • Oil and gas storage, offloading and export
  • Introduction to topside Layouts
  • Utility and process support systems
  • Living quarters, flares

What are the Goals?

What are the Goals? 

At the end of this PetroKnowledge training course, you will learn to: 

  • Understand the functions of the main topside processing system
  • Understand the requirements for the reservoir fluids processing
  • Examine the processing specifications of the produced liquids
  • Review the criteria for topsides layout with regard to operation and safety
  • Comprehend the link between the performance requirements of crude oil and gas processing and utilities
  • Appreciate the differences of equipment operating on a moving deck of an FPSO
  • Study detailed examples of existing topsides facility

Who is this Training Course for?

Who is this Training Course for? 

This PetroKnowledge training course is suitable to a wide range of professionals but will greatly benefit anyone connected with the oil industry including:

  • Field Development Engineers
  • Offshore Facilities Engineers
  • Offshore Operations
  • Production Engineers
  • Equipment suppliers
  • Safety engineers
  • Oil Industry Finance and Insurance personnel
  • Shipping and maritime personnel

How will this Training Course be Presented?

How will this Training Course be Presented? 

This PetroKnowledge training course will be conducted along workshop principles with online lectures, videos, and interactive case studies to illustrate the application of the taught items. Each learning point will be re-enforced with ample opportunities for discussion and sharing of experiences.

Participants to this PetroKnowledge training course will receive a thorough training on the subjects covered by the course outline with the Tutor utilising a variety of proven adult learning teaching and facilitation techniques. Course methodology includes PowerPoint presentations, short videos, and case studies.

Organisational Impact

  • Assurance that the training course is delivered by a quality training organization using a very experienced instructor
  • Managers who have a broad overview and understanding of the structure and operations of the Oil and Gas topsides
  • Employees who understand the details of Oil and Gas topside operations at all levels of the value chain

Personal Impact

  • Better understanding of the total spectrum and the challenges faced by the topsides industry
  • Understanding of the structure of the oil and gas topsides operations
  • Understanding of key process operations related to the oil and gas production
  • Grasp the functions of the main topside processing systems
  • Appreciate the interconnection of the performance requirements of the processing and utility components

Daily Agenda

Day One: Introduction to FPSOs/ FLNGs/ FSRUs 

  • History of Floating Production Systems
  • What is an FPSO – Define Floating, Production, Storage and Offloading Vessel
  • What is an FLNG/ FSRU
  • Advantages, Disadvantages, Benefits and Value of FPSOs/ FLNGs/ FSRUs
  • Introduction to Field Layouts
  • The basic Physical Structure of Floating Production Systems
  • FLNG and FSRU Topsides

Day Two: Topside Production Systems 

  • Major milestones affecting FPSOs/ FLNGs/ FSRUs use
  • Types of Processing Unit
  • Demand for FPSOs/ FLNGs/ FSRUs
  • Different types of FPSOs/ FLNGs/ FSRUs used today
  • Different types of FPSOs Hosts
  • Examples of FPSO/ FLNG/ FSRU records: largest, smallest, longest, etc.

Day Three: FPSOs/ FLNGs/ FSRUs Hull

  • Maintaining Stability
  • Storage Capacity
  • Construction: The Hull and Topsides
  • Design affirmative and validation
  • Tanker Conversion versus New build
  • Topside & Hull Layout and SOLAS Regulations

Day Four: Integrated Gathering Systems

  • Mooring Systems and Components
  • Installing the Mooring Systems
  • Fluid Transfer Systems – Turrets and Swivels
  • Different types of Turrets
  • CALM (Catenary Anchor Leg Mooring) Buoy
  • SALM (Single Anchor Leg Mooring)
  • Pipeline Systems and Risers

Day Five: Enabling Operational Excellence in FPSO

  • FPSOs/ FLNGs/ FSRUs Challenges and Project Trends
  • SMART FPSO - New Generation of highly complex vessels/plants
  • End User and Customer Requirements
  • Meeting the Challenges in Offshore Production
  • FPSO Engine Room Integrated Monitoring and Control
  • FPSOs/ FLNGs/ FSRUs Modules Arrangement, a challenge for Automation, Safety, and Instrumentation


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

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I register for a training course?

  • 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

When and how do I arrange payments?

  • 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.

When should I expect to receive confirmation of registration?

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