Troubleshooting Oil Processing Facilities - PF-49O
Discipline: Process Facilities
Duration: 5 days
Instructor(s): Mark Bothamley, Peter Williams
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.
You Will Learn:
- 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
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. PETER WILLIAMS has over 35 years of industrial experience, most of which were in oil and gas processing. His experience includes plant process engineering, operations supervision, project development and business case definition, project technical support, plant engineering management, and internal consulting, primarily with Saudi Aramco. Canadian experience includes plant engineering in phosphorus production, heavy water, and bitumen upgrading, and project engineering. He also has experience with benchmarking, implementation of a safety management system, and the application of lean Six Sigma methods to engineering management. He has Masters' degrees in Chemical Engineering and in Economics, is a Professional Engineer in Alberta and is a certified Six Sigma Black Belt.
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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