Separation Equipment - Selection and Sizing - PF-42
Discipline: Process Facilities
Duration: 5 days
Instructor(s): Mark Bothamley, William Dokianos, Mahmood Moshfeghian
This course covers the different types of separation equipment typically encountered in oil and gas production facilities. Fractionation equipment and produced water treating equipment are not covered in this course. You will learn where the different types of separation equipment are used based on operating conditions and separation performance requirements. Frequent references will be made to real production facility process flow diagrams (PFDs). Typical operational problems and their solutions will also be discussed. Exercises requiring calculations are utilized throughout the course as well. Please be aware that due to overlap in content, it is not necessary to take the PF-42 course if you have already taken the PF-4 Oil Production and Processing Facilities course.
"Instructor is excellent - an expert. Material provided is excellent." - Sr. Facilities Engineer, United States
Process/Facilities engineers who need skills for design and troubleshooting of separators.
You Will Learn:
- Different types of separation equipment utilized in the oil and gas industry and where they are used
- Separation performance capabilities of the different types of equipment
- How to size the different types of separation equipment
- How to troubleshoot and debottleneck separation equipment
- How to calculate the wall thickness and estimate the weight of separators
- Instrumentation and controls used on separation equipment
- Fluid properties and phase behavior
- Phase separation processes
- Gas-liquid separation equipment: slug catchers, conventional separators (horizontal and vertical), scrubbers, compact separators, filter separators/coalescing filters
- Separator internals: inlet devices, mist extractors, baffles, weirs, etc.
- Oil-water separation equipment: conventional 3-phase separators and freewater knockouts, wash tanks
- Oil treating and desalting equipment: mainly electrostatic coalescers
- Liquid-liquid coalescing filters
- Mechanical design aspects: pressure vessel codes, wall thickness and vessel weight estimation, material selection, relief requirements
- Operational problems
MR. MARK BOTHAMLEY has experience that covers the areas of design, operation, troubleshooting and optimization of offshore and onshore oil and gas production and treating facilities. Prior to joining PetroSkills he was with BP/Amoco for 24 years, in several locations around the world. Mr. Bothamley is a past chairman of the SPE Facilities Subcommittee and a former member of the GPSA Data Book Editorial Review Board. Mr. Bothamley holds a BS in Chemical Engineering from Lakehead University in Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada, and a Diploma in Natural Gas and Petroleum Technology from the British Columbia Institute of Technology in Vancouver, BC Canada.
MR. WILLIAM (BILL) DOKIANOS has over 35 years' experience in engineering, production and pipeline. He is a Professional Engineer in the states of Louisiana and New Mexico, and holds a General and Commercial Contractor License in the State of New Mexico. Over the last 7 years he has been instructing for PetroSkills | John M. Campbell. He instructs the PF4 course, 'Oil Production and Processing Facilities'. He has actively consulted over the past 10 years with ExxonMobil, Shell Exploration and Production, Sandridge Energy, Repsol and Chevron. Mr. Dokianos' onshore consulting has focused on optimizing production utilizing casing gas systems, vessel and battery design, revising gun barrel design for better separation, production optimization and production troubleshooting (bad oil and or bad water). His offshore experiences include analyzing and solving poor platform up time at GB 128, GC 65 and other offshore locations. Activities included process control changes due to stacked separator vessels, revising safe charts, operating settings and reconfiguration of pipeline export pumps. He managed a subsea tieback project in which the platform modifications included high pressure vessel redesign, dehydrator expansion, adding a second vapor recovery unit, restaging high pressure and intermediate gas compressors and modifying bulk oil process design. He has been responsible for DOT compliance activities and reporting. This compliance responsibility has included development and implantation of federal risk programs and smart pigging. Mr. Dokianos holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan.
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
Public Course Presentations
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