Surface Production Operations


5 days


20 – 24 Feb, 29 May – 02 June, 11- 17 Sept, 20 – 24 Nov 2023




The Business Xchange Hub, Marco Polo House
3-5 Lansdowne Road, Croydon, Surrey, CR0 2BX United Kingdom

Course Objective:

This highly interactive and intensive course presents a general overview and fundamental and applied understanding of the wide range of oilfield production handling and treatment equipment.

The participant will learn how field fluid treating equipment works. The fundamental principles of fluid behaviour in relation to all the various equipment and systems comprising production operations are discussed. Understanding of the internal workings

of the piping, valves and vessels are also described. A major goal includes how to improve communication among the technical disciplines, field and office personnel in order to enhance operational efficiencies, lower costs and improve production economics.

Who should attend

Production, operations, facilities and petroleum engineers; production managers and field production supervisors and surface equipment technicians

This course can also be taken in

Accra: 13 – 17 Feb, 29 May – 02 June, 28 Aug – 01 Sept, 20-24 Nov 2023

Dubai: 13 – 17 Feb, 08 – 12 May, 10 – 14 July, 18 – 22 Sept 2023

Texas: On Request

Course Content

  • Produced fluids properties:
    • Impact of pressure, temperature and fluid on key hydrocarbon parameters and fluid behaviour
  • Valves:
    • API valves, chokes, regulators, and flow control devices; principle of operation and effect on fluid condition
  • Safety systems:
    • surface safety valves; relief valves; pressure ratings
  • Flow-lines, manifolds and gathering systems:
    • material selection, pressure drop considerations, line sizing, corrosion, noise and erosion concerns, well – stream production, 2- and 3- phase fluid flow, pigging, slugs, foam and emulsions
  • Mechanical equipment:
    • Pumps, compressors, heaters, sour and acid gas treatment, pressured vessels, storage facilities and other surface and subsurface treating/fluid handling equipment
  • Gas separation/treatment:
    • 2- and 3- phase separation, free water removal, treatment of emulsions, hydrate prevention and treatment, vapour recovery, gas conditioning for sales, injection or field usage
  • Oil/water separation and treatment:
    • 2- and 3- phase separation, emulsion breaking, asphaltenes, solids control, removal of residual oil-in-water and water -in-oil to meet pipeline specifications or injection/ disposal requirements, hydrocyclones
  • Acid gas treatment:
    • field handling and treatment of sour and acid gases, safety considerations, API standards
  • Corrosion control:
    • fundamental principles; detection, prevention and treatment

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