Practical Computer Simulation Applications in Gas Processing- G-5
Discipline: Gas Processing
Duration: 5 days
Instructor(s): Robert A. Hubbard, Frank Jarrett, Mahmood Moshfeghian
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.
You Will Learn:
- 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
- Glycol dehydration
- Adsorption dehydration
MR. ROBERT HUBBARD is based in Norman, Oklahoma with over 42 years' experience in oil and gas facilities, worldwide. Mr. Hubbard has previously served as Sr. Technical Advisor-Facilities and Process Engineering for PetroSkills, and as President of John M. Campbell & Co. until December 2012 when the company was acquired by PetroSkills. In 2009 he retired from the University of Oklahoma where he served as a visiting professor and directed a master's program in Natural Gas Engineering and Management in the Petroleum and Geological Engineering Dept. In 2002 he retired from John M. Campbell & Company where he worked for 23 years providing training and consulting services to several international oil and gas companies. He served in several capacities at JMC including chairman, a position he held when he retired in 2002. He also worked for Texaco from 1972-1980, where he held various engineering and management positions. Mr. Hubbard is a member of SPE and GPSA; he has chaired the SPE Facility Engineering Committee and has held several leadership positions in the Oklahoma City SPE Section including the section chairperson in 2011-2012. He has published several papers in the area of gas processing and facilities design. He was the distinguished author in the August 2009 Journal of Petroleum Technology with an article titled 'The Role of Gas Processing in the Natural Gas Value Chain'. Mr. Hubbard holds a BS in Chemical Engineering from Kansas State University (1971), and an MBA from Tulane University (1978).
MR. FRANK JARRETT has over forty years of experience, primarily in the natural gas processing industry. Responsibilities have included project design team supervision, conceptual and detailed process design, extensive use of computer simulation tools, computer program development and testing, process and mechanical flow sheet development, equipment sizing and specification, hazards analysis, facilities checkout, start-up, debottlenecking and teaching. His background covers natural gas liquids recovery, natural gas liquefaction, nitrogen rejection and recovery of helium from natural gas, acid gas removal, product distillation, dehydration, relief system design and evaluation, CO2 pipeline and compression, plant utilities and support systems. He is a registered professional Engineer in the state of Colorado and has served on the Board of Directors of the Rocky Mountain Chapter of the Gas Processors Association. Mr. Jarrett received a BS in Chemical and Petroleum Refining Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines.
DR. MAHMOOD MOSHFEGHIAN is a Senior Technical Advisor and Senior Instructor for PetroSkills. He is the author of most Tips of the Month and develops technical software for PetroSkills. He has 40 years' teaching experience in universities as well as for oil and gas industries. Dr. Moshfeghian joined John M. Campbell & Co. in 1990 as a part time consultant and then as full time instructor/consultant in 2005. Dr. Moshfeghian was Professor of Chemical Engineering at Shiraz University. Dr. Moshfeghian is a senior member of AIChE and has published more than 125 technical papers on thermodynamic properties and process engineering. Dr. Moshfeghian has presented invited papers at international conferences. He is a member of the Editorial Board for the International Journal of Oil, Gas, and Coal Technology. He holds a BS (74), an MS (75) and a PhD (78) in Chemical Engineering, all from Oklahoma State University.
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
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