Troubleshooting Oil and Gas Processing Facilities - PF-49
Discipline: Process Facilities
Duration: 5 days
Instructor(s): Mark Bothamley, Peter Williams
This course will cover how to establish and apply a general troubleshooting methodology as well as how to conduct process/equipment specific troubleshooting. Definitions of good/normal performance will be discussed for each process/equipment type covered. Data gathering, validation and utilization procedures will be discussed. Criteria to use when evaluating possible problem solutions will also be covered. Real-world exercises will be utilized throughout the class to reinforce the learning objectives. Both onshore and offshore facilities will be discussed. It is assumed that course participants have a solid understanding of how typical oil and gas production and processing facilities work, including the commonly used processes and equipment involved.
"For me everything is perfect, no needs any changes." - Production engineer, Italy
"Well presented, well explained, good use of diagrams, good range of content. Regular breaks called at the right time to keep focus." - Participant, United Kingdom
Process/Facilities engineers with 5-10 years of experience, facilities engineering team leaders/supervisors, and senior facilities operational personnel.
You Will Learn:
- The difference between troubleshooting, optimization, and debottlenecking
- How to recognize trouble when it is occurring
- How to develop a methodical approach to troubleshooting
- To recognize how different components of a facility interact with each other, and the significance of these interactions
- How to gather, validate, and utilize the data needed for troubleshooting
- The criteria to be considered for identifying the best solution when several feasible solutions are available
- Typical causes of problems, and their solutions, for the main types of processes and equipment used in the upstream-midstream oil and gas industry
- Troubleshooting methodology fundamentals and data reconciliation
- Gas - Liquid separators
- Reciprocating compressors
- Amine gas sweetening
- Glycol dehydration units
- 3-phase separators
- Centrifugal pumps
- Oil treating
- Produced water treating systems
- Shell and tube heat exchangers
- Centrifugal compressors
- Molecular sieve dehydration units
- NGL recovery processes
MR. MARK BOTHAMLEY has experience that covers the areas of design, operation, troubleshooting and optimization of offshore and onshore oil and gas production and treating facilities. Prior to joining PetroSkills he was with BP/Amoco for 24 years, in several locations around the world. Mr. Bothamley is a past chairman of the SPE Facilities Subcommittee and a former member of the GPSA Data Book Editorial Review Board. Mr. Bothamley holds a BS in Chemical Engineering from Lakehead University in Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada, and a Diploma in Natural Gas and Petroleum Technology from the British Columbia Institute of Technology in Vancouver, BC Canada.
MR. PETER WILLIAMS has over 35 years of industrial experience, most of which were in oil and gas processing. His experience includes plant process engineering, operations supervision, project development and business case definition, project technical support, plant engineering management, and internal consulting, primarily with Saudi Aramco. Canadian experience includes plant engineering in phosphorus production, heavy water, and bitumen upgrading, and project engineering. He also has experience with benchmarking, implementation of a safety management system, and the application of lean Six Sigma methods to engineering management. He has Masters' degrees in Chemical Engineering and in Economics, is a Professional Engineer in Alberta and is a certified Six Sigma Black Belt.
In-House Course Presentations
All courses are available for in-house presentation to individual organizations. In-house courses may be structured the same as the public versions or tailored to meet your requirements. Special courses on virtually any petroleum-related subject can be arranged specifically for in-house presentation. For further information, contact our In-House Training Coordinator at one of the
numbers listed below.
Telephone 1- 832 426 1234
Facsimile 1- 832 426 1244
Public Course Presentations
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