Troubleshooting Oil Processing Facilities - PF-49O

Discipline: Process Facilities
Level: Intermediate
Instructors who teach this course:


  • About the course
  • Designed For
  • You will learn
  • Course Content
This course will cover how to establish and apply a general troubleshooting methodology as well as how to conduct process/equipment specific troubleshooting related to oil production and processing facilities. Definitions of good/normal performance will be discussed for each process/ equipment type covered. Data gathering, validation and utilization procedures will be discussed. Criteria to use when evaluating possible problem solutions will also be covered. Real-world exercises will be utilized throughout the class to reinforce the learning objectives. Both onshore and offshore facilities will be discussed. It is assumed that course participants have a solid understanding of how typical oil production and processing facilities work, including the commonly used processes and equipment involved. This course will not provide in-depth coverage of fundamentals.
Process/Facilities engineers with 5-10 years of experience, facilities engineering team leaders/ supervisors, and senior facilities operational personnel.
  • The difference between troubleshooting, optimization, and debottlenecking
  • How to recognize trouble when it is occurring
  • How to develop a methodical approach to troubleshooting
  • To recognize how different components of a facility interact with each other, and the significance of these interactions
  • How to gather, validate, and utilize the data needed for troubleshooting
  • The criteria to be considered for identifying the best solution when several feasible solutions are available
  • Typical causes of problems, and their solutions, for the main types of processes and equipment used in upstream/midstream oil production and processing operations
  • Understanding the similarities and differences between troubleshooting vs optimization vs debottlenecking
  • Types of oil production and processing facilities
  • System trouble vs component/equipment-specific trouble
  • Defining good/normal operation
  • Quantifying the cost of the trouble
  • Gathering, validating, and utilization of data (types of data, sources of data, data quality and validation, using the data)
  • Fundamentals of root cause analysis and methodology
  • Developing a step-by-step troubleshooting methodology/flowchart
  • Identifying the best solution (criteria for defining best)
  • Processing and major equipment modules covered include gas-liquid separation, oil-water separation, oil treating and desalting, oil stabilization and sweetening, oil storage and vapor recovery, produced water treating, centrifugal pumps, and water injection