Relief and Flare Systems - PF-44
Discipline: Process Facilities
Duration: 5 days
Instructor(s): John C. Bourdon, Robin Jentz
This intensive course provides a comprehensive overview of relief and flare systems for oil and gas processing facilities. The course begins with the need for pressure control/overpressure protection, continues with the key engineering and design aspects including code considerations, and concludes with selecting and defining the components of a relief and flare system. The material of the course is applicable to onshore field production facilities, pipelines, gas plants, terminals, and offshore production facilities.
Engineers and senior operating personnel responsible for designing, operating, and maintaining relief and flare systems in oil and gas facilities.
You Will Learn:
- Purposes of relief and flare systems and their importance in safe operations
- Causes of overpressure and the ways to control/mitigate
- Defining the possible relief scenarios
- Commonly used pressure relieving devices, selection and sizing
- Determining set/relieving pressures to meet operational, safety, and code requirements
- Operational considerations of maintenance, testing, certification, and disposal of fluids
- Designing and operating relief and flare header systems considering fluid characteristics, service conditions, volumes, gas dispersion, and radiation
- Selection and sizing other key components of a relief/flare system
- Overview of typical relief and flare systems and key components
- Codes and standards as well as good practices typical in oil and gas facilities
- Safety implications and causes of overpressure
- Overpressure protection philosophy including source isolation and relief
- Determination of relief requirements and defining set point pressures
- Types, applications, and sizing of common relief devices
- Blow-down/depressurizing - purpose and design/operational considerations
- Design and specification considerations for relief valves and header systems, including fluid characteristics, services conditions, material selection, and header sizing
- Environmental considerations
- Radiation calculations and the impact of flare tip design
- Selection and sizing of key components: knockout and seal drums, vent/flare stack, vent/flare tips, and flare ignition systems
- Defining need and quantity of purge gas
- Flare gas recovery, smokeless flaring, and purge gas conservation
- Operational and troubleshooting tips
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. ROBIN JENTZ has 38 years of oil and gas processing experience. His work has included most process areas of oil and gas production, including design and testing of low dewpoint glycol dehydration units, analysis of flare and relief systems using dynamic simulation programs, retrofitting gas/liquid separators to increase capacity and eliminate entrainment, and upgrading oil dehydrators. Mr. Jentz has worked for both operating and engineering contracting companies. He is a Registered Professional Engineer in Alaska and Washington. Mr. Jentz received his BS in Chemical Engineering from California State University Long Beach in 1974.
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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