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.
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.
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 Chairman Emeritus of PetroSkills with over 40 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. He 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 served as an SPE Distinguished Lecturer in 2005/06, 2008/09 and 2014/15. He is very active in the industry including the Program Advisory Committee of the Laurance Reid Gas Conditioning Conference; Brimstone Sulfur Symposium; International Committee of GPA/GPSA, and had served as Adjunct Professor of Petroleum Engineering at Colorado School of Mines. For more than 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 B.Sc. (Honors) in Chemical Engineering from London University; and an M.E. in Chemical & Refinery Engineering from Colorado School of Mines, USA.
MR. ELMO NASATO is a process engineer specializing in sulfur recovery, amine treating and sour water processing. He has over 25 years' experience in the sulfur recovery industry including experience with design, retrofit, start-up and optimization of sulfur recovery units, sulfur handling units, amine units, sour water stripper units, and tail gas cleanup units. On-site field activities have included support of construction activities, turnaround assistance and operator training. He graduated from the University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada with a BSc Chemical Engineering (1987) with an option in Management Science. He currently serves on the Technical Advisory Committee for the Laurance Reid Gas Conditioning Conference, Brimstone Vail and Vienna Sulfur Recovery Symposium Advisory Committee and was a member of the Board of Directors for Alberta Sulphur Research. He has been awarded seven patents for SRU operation, oxygen enrichment and sulfur degassing technologies, has published 26 papers and has made over 40 presentations at conferences worldwide.
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
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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