Crude Oil Pipeline Operations - OT-50
Discipline: Operations & Maintenance
Duration: 5 days
Instructor(s): Stuart Watson
This course utilizes case studies and industry best practices for operating and maintaining onshore crude oil and liquid pipeline systems that maximize life cycle reliability; employee, public, and environmental safety; and operational cost effectiveness. It focuses on open discussions and troubleshooting techniques that may be applied to crude, HVL (High Volatility Liquids) and refined product pipelines and their associated infrastructure. The course aims to improve the operation profitability and communication with management and engineering staff.
Pipeline operations personnel who require a working knowledge of onshore liquid pipeline and terminal systems, including the common operational difficulties that may arise and operational tactics used to resolve them. Also suitable for maintenance personnel, metering technicians, lead supervisors, and area managers, as well as field engineering personnel who would benefit in an understanding of pipeline systems that can be applied in their daily work activities.
You Will Learn:
- Apply regulatory codes, standards, and industry guidelines (PHSMA 195, ASME B31.4, API-1173 and others) that control and guide the operation and maintenance of pipeline facilities
- Explain fluid properties and behavior of crude oils, wax behavior, temperature relationships and use of DRA in crude oil pipelines
- Apply mechanical and physical principles to explain pipeline hydraulics, pipeline pressure gradients and predict capacity on the system
- Identify pipeline MOP, surge and causes of overpressure and the mitigation measures utilized on liquid pipelines
- Explain pipeline facilities; pump stations, filtration, metering and LACT units, sampling and testing, pigging equipment, tank terminals and truck/rail loading facilities
- Explain liquid pipeline operations; commissioning and purging/filling, startup, stopping, pigging and pig receiver operations, measurement and sampling activities
- Identify principle causes of loss of containment and mitigating measures; corrosion, environmental cracking, overpressure, 3rd party damage and error
- Review regulatory compliance requirements for CFR 49, Part 195, to be better prepared in the case of compliance audits
- Explore emergency response measures to spills and loss of containment
- Overview of crude oil transportation systems
- Industry codes and regulations, scope and applicability
- Crude oils, waxes and DRA, fluid properties and behavior
- Overview of hydraulic analysis of pipelines and hydraulic gradients
- Pipeline pumps - components, operation, seal systems and seal leak detection
- Pipeline surge and overpressure protection systems
- Pipeline facilities - filtration, pressure controls, pigging equipment
- Terminal facilities - tanks, truck/rail loading, metering, sampling and proving
- Pigging goals, processes and activities
- Pipeline repairs and maintenance
- Corrosion overview and prevention
- Leak detection methods
- CFR 49, Part 195 review of documentation requirements and terminology
- Emergency response planning, spills and loss of containment response
MR. STUART WATSON has international oil and gas experience including onshore and offshore roles; process/mechanical, lead mechanical and project engineering positions for over 25 years.
His experience has taken him to facilities around the world in regions including Australia, Africa, the Middle East and the US. Mr. Watson graduated with honors in 1995 from Curtin University, Perth, Australia, with a BS in Mechanical Engineering. After graduating he worked in Perth, Australia supporting Woodside's offshore facilities. In January 2000, Stuart accepted a position with Pearl Development Company of Colorado where he worked over the next eight years at many of the gas production and processing facilities in the western US. His work included expansions for Unocal Alaska, facilities engineering at the El Paso Field Service's 650MMscfd Chaco Plant and various other projects in Colorado and Wyoming. In 2008, he oversaw and commissioned a 92MMscfd amine sweetening and cryogenic NGL train for the Government of Ras Al Khaimah (UAE). Thereafter, he started his own engineering consultancy supporting both mechanical and process disciplines. In 2009 he started instructing part time for John M. Campbell and Co. in mechanical engineering and operator training. Currently, Mr. Watson supports PetroSkills in a full time role to ensure technical and quality assurance in ICE, Pipeline, Mechanical and Offshore engineering.
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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