Production Facilities and Equipment

Instructor: Ken Arnold
Future dates and locations to be announced 


This series of one and two day courses discuss the various pieces of equipment involved in production facilities design and operation and how each performs its function. At the end of each course the students will learn the technical specifications required for the design of each piece of equipment and how to assemble them into a functioning system.

These courses can be taken individually or in combination in any order to fit the student’s needs and schedule. The material covered is based for the most part on two books co-authored by the instructor, Surface Production Operations, Volume 1, Oil and Water Handling Systems, or, Volume 2, Gas Handling Systems.
One copy of the applicable book is included in the registration fee for the two-day courses.

Who should attend: These courses are designed specifically to address the day-to-day needs of the practicing engineers and managers.

About the instructor: 
Ken Arnold’s name is synonymous with facilities design and operations. His more than 45 years of experience in this field ranges from basic engineering work to managing very large size projects. He has written two books and taught graduate level courses at University of Houston on these subjects.

Outline of Courses

Course 1: Oil and Water Handling Systems- Two Days
• Oil and Water Process Selection
• Gas Liquid Separation
• Separating Oil and Water
• Emulsion Treating
• Produce Water Treating
• Water Injection Treatment

Course 2: Gas Handling Systems- Two days
• Gas Handling Process Selection
• Condensate Stabilization
• Hydrates
• Gas Dehydration
• Acid Gas Treating
• Gas Processing

Course 3: Piping Systems – One Day
• Pressure Ratings & Pressure Breaks
• Relief Valves
• Vent and Flare Systems
• Pipe, Valves & Fittings Specifications
• Piping Details

Course 4: Pumps and Compressors – One Day
• Pumps
• Centrifugal Pumps
• Reciprocating Pumps
• Compressors
• Reciprocating Compressors
• Centrifugal Compressors

Course 5: Safety Systems – Two Days
• Process Safety Management
• Design Safety Overview
• Principles for Safe Facilities
• Relief Valves
• Vent and Flare Systems
• Safety Shutdown Systems
• Layout Considerations
• Fire Prevention & Control
• Piper Alpha Disaster