Practical Computer Simulation Applications in Gas Processing- G-5

Discipline: Gas Processing
Level: Intermediate
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This full 5-day course covers sweet gas processing and NGL extraction, using a commercial simulator to perform calculations. A basic working knowledge of the commercial process simulation package used (generally UNISIM) is suggested to achieve the course learning objectives. Volumes 1 and 2 of the John M. Campbell textbooks, Gas Conditioning and Processing, are the basis for the material presented, coupled with a 'red thread' comprehensive exercise based on a typical gas processing facility (can be applied to onshore or offshore facilities). The exercise is developed in stages as the material is covered. Participants will develop a comprehensive process simulation that includes a dew point control process, a mechanical refrigeration process with economizers, hydrate inhibition using MEG, and NGL liquid product stabilization with recycle.
NOTE: The individual exercises include condensed gas processing fundamentals drawn from the internationally famous Campbell Gas Books Vols. 1 & 2.


"Liked practical exercises and the quizzes." - Operations Engineer - Facilities, Canada


"The professor, very knowledgeable and able to answer every questions posed. Also very energetic. The organization overall was quite great." - Process Engineer, United States


Engineers that require practical in-depth training on natural gas processing and NGL recovery processes, with emphasis on the use and benefits of a simulation package.
  • To determine the water content and hydrate formation conditions for gas streams using both a commercial process simulator and hand calculation methods
  • Techniques to inhibit hydrate formation, including injection of equilibrium inhibitors such as methanol and MEG
  • Preliminary design and evaluation of TEG dehydration processes using quick hand calculations
  • Process design used to control the hydrocarbon dew point of sales gas streams by removing NGLs using mechanical refrigeration processes
  • Various techniques to optimize mechanical refrigeration systems
  • How to use the process simulator to evaluate the impact that pressure and temperature changes have on the sizing of process equipment and levels of NGL recovery
  • How to use short-cut distillation calculations to provide input to rigorous distillation simulations in order to obtain faster convergence
  • Which thermodynamic property correlations are appropriate for various gas processing systems
  • Limitations associated with commercial simulation packages and how the results can be quickly checked for relative accuracy
  • Physical properties of hydrocarbons
  • Qualitative phase behavior
  • Vapor-liquid equilibrium
  • Water-hydrocarbon equilibrium
  • Basic thermodynamic concepts
  • Separation equipment
  • Heat transfer
  • Pumps
  • Compressors
  • Refrigeration
  • Fractionation/distillation
  • Glycol dehydration
  • Adsorption dehydration