The journey of production fluid from reservoir to market involves many disciplines using advanced technologies. Ageing fields develop flow assurance problems as time goes by and ever-deeper fields bring new challenges that extend the envelope our industry can safely and economically produce.
There are many challenges during transport of oil and gas through pipelines. These challenges require a real grasp of the fundamentals in fluid mechanics, heat transfer, phase changes, deposition and/or obstruction, erosion and new technologies to ensure a reliable and cost-effective provision of oil and gas. Deep water production, heavy oils, high water production, severe slugging, hydrates, sour gases, asphaltenes and waxes make this task even harder. This course will provide a good understanding of the topics along with case studies from real industry examples.
Optimum flow assurance design and operation requires study of all disciplines interfacing flow assurance, as well as due consideration of the interactions between the fluid, reservoir, wells, pipelines, surface facilities, and the surrounding environment.
The course will be of interest to engineers in oil and gas exploration, production and operating companies, consultants, contractors, service providers and equipment suppliers involved in design and operation. The Flow Assurance course will be useful for those who want a background in this area such as researchers or managers who wish to understand the technical issues to aid decision making.
You Will Learn How to
Upon completion of the course, participants will be able to:
- Gain a systematic understanding of the concept of flow assurance
- Apply competently the fundamental principles of multiphase flow and production chemistry to analyze typical flow assurance systems
- Learn the techniques used to prevent main problems of flow assurance
- Describe flow-related issues, and ways to manage the issues
- Understand what key project decisions need flow assurance input
- Investigate methods and software to assist in flow assurance engineering
- Identify interfaces with related engineering disciplines, and to describe the necessary information exchange with flow assurance
- Design for basic flow assurance and operability
Topic 1: Overview
- Introduction to Flow Assurance
- Importance of Flow Assurance
- Scope of Flow Assurance Studies
- Flow Assurance – Key Issues
Topic 2: Flow Assurance for Pipeline System
- Introduction to Production Chemistry
- PVT Analysis & Fluid Properties
- Single Phase Flow Assurance Considerations
- Multi-Phase Flow Assurance Considerations
Topic 3: Multiphase Flow Assurance
- Flow Regimes
- Slug Flow
- Hydrodynamic Slugging
- Terrain Induced Slugging
Topic 3: Multiphase Flow Assurance (cont.)
- Hydrates – Development, Prevention, Remediation
- Wax - Development, Prevention, Remediation
- Start-up, Ramp-up, Shutdown Operations
Topic 4: A Life-of-Field Approach to Subsea Active Production Technologies (SAPT)
- What is Subsea Processing
- Drivers for SAPT
- Technology Status & Application Overview
Topic 5: Flow Assurance Simulator Tools
Topic 6: Design Examples
Upon completion, you will receive a Worley Academy Certificate of Completion.