Gas Treating and Sulfur Recovery - G-6
Discipline: Gas Processing
Duration: 5 days
Instructor(s): Frank Ashford, John C. Bourdon, John Morgan, Kenneth Sourisseau
This course emphasizes process selection, practical operating issues, technical fundamentals, and integration of the sweetening facilities into the overall scheme of gas processing. Sulfur recovery and tail gas processes are also covered, including standard Claus configurations, SuperClaus, EuroClaus, SCOT, etc. Special design and operation topics, such as trace sulfur compound handling and the importance of H2S:CO2 ratio, are covered as well. Related topics reviewed during the course include liquid product treating, corrosion, materials selection, and NACE requirements.
For the virtual session, course hours will be 0800-1200 CST (GMT - 6:00) on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday for each of the two weeks.
"I enjoyed the course and will definitely recommend it to others." - Techincal Service Engineer, United States
"I was a bit hesitant with the fact that we had to do it virtually, but it was actually quite good, easy to follow." - Senior Process Engineer, France
"Exercises, calculations were very interesting and useful." - Participant, Kazakhstan
Production and processing personnel involved with natural gas treating and sulfur recovery, requiring an understanding of the principles of these process operations. This course is for facilities engineers, process engineers, operations personnel, and field supervisors, as well as others who select, design, install, evaluate, or operate gas sweetening and sulfur recovery facilities.
You Will Learn:
- Evaluation and selection of processes to remove acid gases (H2S, CO2, COS, CS2, mercaptans, etc.) from gas and NGLs
- The advantages and disadvantages of available gas treating technology and processes
- How to estimate solvent circulation rates, energy requirements, and equipment sizes
- To recognize and evaluate solutions to common operating and technical problems
- Sulfur recovery technologies, including an overview of the Claus Sulfur process
- How to select among the proper sulfur recovery process given differing process conditions
- Tail gas cleanup
- Fundamentals of sour gas processing, sweetening, etc.
- Overview of gas treating and sulfur recovery, terminology
- Gas specifications and process selection criteria
- Generic and specialty amine treating
- Common operating and technical problems
- Proprietary amine solvents, such as Sulfinol and Flexsorb
- Carbonate processes
- Physical absorption processes, e.g. Selexol
- Metallurgical issues (corrosion)
- Other technologies and new developments
- Selective treating, acid gas enrichment
- Solid bed and non-regenerable treating; scavengers
- Liquid product treating
- Sulfur recovery processes (including degassing)
- Tail gas clean-up (SCOT-type, CBA, and others)
- Acid gas injection
- Emerging and new technologies
- Course workshop and summary
DR. FRANK E. ASHFORD has over 50 years' experience in oil and gas reservoir engineering, downhole and surface design and operations, as well as oil and gas conditioning and producing facilities. He has been with PetroSkills since 1988 and has worked extensively in most energy producing countries throughout the world. He provides instruction fluently in either English, Spanish, or Portuguese based on material originally prepared in English or Spanish, but presented in the native language requested. He worked with Gulf Research (GR&DC) in Houston, Texas where he developed many reservoir engineering laboratory techniques for the determination of applicable oil/gas/water relative permeability correlations, and choke performance prediction techniques still in application today. Previously, Dr. Ashford was a Professor of Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering at the Central University of Venezuela in Caracas, where he taught various courses in natural gas engineering technology. He was a founder of the Petroleum Engineering Department in INTEVEP, the research Institute for PDVSA (Venezuela). He was a participant in the initial gas lift optimization operations held in Venezuela, and developed many field, and numerical techniques and correlations for downhole, and surface choke performance with Otis Engineering (US, and Venezuela), and Compania Shell de Venezuela (CSV). He has authored technical articles published in World Oil, JPT, SPE, Intevep Pub., PDVSA, Pacific Oil World, AAPG, SPELAC, and GPA. He holds a BS (1961) and MS (1963) in Petroleum Engineering and a PhD in Engineering Sciences (1970) from the University of Oklahoma. He was one of Dr. John M. Campbell's graduate students from 1962-1968, and participated in the initial data collection and organization for the original John M. Campbell technical textbooks Gas Conditioning and Processing, Volumes I and II. These books provided the basis for a worldwide and extensive training organization initiated by Dr. John M. Campbell during the late1960's, and are still applied by PetroSkills | John M. Campbell for worldwide engineering training to this date.
MR. JOHN C. BOURDON has more than 29 years' experience in hydrocarbon processing and specializes in sulfur recovery processes for the petroleum refining industry. Mr. Bourdon has been involved in the development of several sulfur-related technologies and mechanical innovations, has authored several papers and made presentations worldwide. He has experience with several E&C firms including extensive start-up and troubleshooting activities. He consults for both North American and international clients. He is a registered professional engineer and member of Chi Epsilon Sigma Honor Society. Mr. Bourdon is fluent in English and Spanish. Mr. Bourdon has a BS in Chemical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology and advanced degrees in other fields.
MR. D. JOHN MORGAN is based in Denver, Colorado, and is the Chairman Emeritus of PetroSkills|John M. Campbell. He has over 50 years' experience in the design, startup, and troubleshooting of oil and gas facilities. He has published extensively on sour gas treating, sulfur recovery, CO2 treating, materials of construction, LNG training, and cryogenic gas processing. Mr. Morgan consults for both North American and international clients in the gas processing industry. He performs training in LNG facilities, oil and gas production facilities, and gas plants around the world. Mr. Morgan has served as an SPE Distinguished Lecturer on LNG in 2005/06, 2008/09, and 2014/15. He is very active in the industry, including the Senior Advisory Committee of the Laurance Reid Gas Conditioning Conference; Brimstone Sulfur Symposium Technical Committee; International Committee of GPA/GPSA, and has served as Adjunct Professor of Petroleum Engineering at Colorado School of Mines. Mr. Morgan is a recipient of the 2019 Donald L. Katz Award for excellence in engineering education from GPA Midstream. For 30 years, he was a member of the Editorial Review Board of the Gas Processors Supplier's Association. Mr. Morgan has many years of experience training non-native English speakers. He holds a BSc (Honors) in Chemical Engineering from London University; and an ME in Chemical and Refinery Engineering from Colorado School of Mines, USA.
MR. KEN SOURISSEAU has 34 years' experience with Shell. Assignments have been in front end development, process design, project engineering, operations technical support, and operations management primarily in the areas of sour gas and in situ heavy oil recovery. Mr. Sourisseau has worked throughout Alberta, in Abu Dhabi, and the Netherlands. He has authored a number of technical papers for international conferences, provided training for Shell in numerous countries, and has taught Gas Processing at the University of Calgary. He earned BSc and MSc degrees in Chemical Engineering from the Universities of Saskatchewan (76) and Minnesota (78) respectively. He is a registered professional engineer in Alberta.
In-House Course Presentations
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