NGL Fractionation & Cryogenic NGL Recovery for Operations & Maintenance - OT-42
Discipline: Operations & Maintenance
Duration: 4 days
Instructor(s): Stuart Watson
This course will provide the basic knowledge required for understanding operating issues in cryogenic NGL (Natural Gas Liquids) extraction and stabilization/fractionation. Course content is non-mathematical and customizable to client needs.
Plant and facility operations and maintenance technicians, supervisors, and managers.
You Will Learn:
- To use hydrocarbon system language
- Basic principles of gas processing
- The physical properties of natural gas and NGL components
- Practical application of the principles of hydrocarbon phase behavior
- Principles, operation, and troubleshooting of mechanical refrigeration systems
- Operating principles and issues in gas expansion NGL recovery (turboexpander and J-T valve) processes
- Operating principles and techniques for NGL stabilization and fractionation
- Hydrocarbon systems: reservoir fluids
- Hydrocarbon series: paraffins
- Physical properties of hydrocarbons
- Fluid properties: VLE, vapor pressure, boiling point, etc.
- Pressure-temperature phase diagrams (phase envelopes)
- Application of phase envelopes: hydrocarbon dew point control, equilibrium stage concepts, flash separators, and fractionators
- Mechanical refrigeration: principles and equipment
- Tray-type towers; packed towers
- Components of turboexpander
- NGL recovery plants
- Turboexpander-compressor and utilities
- Principles of gas expansion
- NGL recovery and process variations
- Stabilizers, fractionators, and fractionation trains
- The basic fractionator and operator control techniques
MR. STUART WATSON is the Facilities Engineering Technical Director for PetroSkills. He has over 18 years of experience in oil and gas processing. 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
How to contact PetroSkills:
1-800-821-5933 toll-free in North America or
Address P.O. Box 35448, Tulsa, Oklahoma 74153-0448, U.S.A