Gas Processing

Gas Processing course and Gas Processing training

  • This 5 day course covers the general design of systems for natural gas handling and treatment from the wellhead to the gas processing plant to achieve marketable products that meet desired product specifications. Gas metering and gas evacuation (pipeline operations) from process plant to sales point.


    Duration: 5 days
    Location: To be advised

  • 1. To describe and explain gas processing principles of dehydration (water removal) by absorption, adsorption, refrigeration and low temperature separation (JT effect) and basic associated equipment.
    2. To describe and explain gas processing in-depth by absorption using glycol and glycol properties. (Pre- Cooling requirements, Dew Point control and related processes). Glycol regeneration including principles of stripping, DRIZO and Coldfinger.
    3. To describe and explain process equipment involved for water removal by absorption. (Knock out drums; Contactor – absorber and internals, heat exchangers, re-boilers, pumps, filters and glycol storage).
    4. To describe and explain principles of gas metering and types of meter (Measurement Units (MJ, BTU, nM3, scf and conversions).
    5. To describe and explain typical gas contracts & sales specifications.
    6. To describe and explain gas pipeline operations

    NOTE: Objectives for each day will be discussed with the participants and will be verified at closure of each day.

        a) to verify if the objectives for this day were met
        b) to determine if any adjustments need to be made to the program of the following day (if relevant)
  • Production and processing personnel involved with natural gas and associated liquids to acquaint or reacquaint themselves with gas conditioning and processing unit operations. This course is for production Operations Engineers, Operations Field Supervisors, Facility Engineers, Process Engineers, Design Engineers, operations personnel and others that select, design, install, evaluate or operate gas processing plants and related facilities.


    In order to achieve a “Skill” level, further practical learning through
    e.g. On-the-Job training or participation in projects and/or assignments is required

  • Module 1: Reservoir


    • Basics of reservoir: Source- and reservoir rock; porosity; permeability; fractures etc./li>

    Module 2: Gas Wells


    • Exploration, Appraisal and Development
    • Drilling: rig types e.g. On- and Offshore
    • Basic drilling operations, casing schemes
    • Well completions and well components
    • Well operation, testing etc.
    • Well safeguarding

    Module 3: Gas composition, Basic thermodynamics & Physical properties


    • Make up of Matter, Phase Behaviour, Gas laws and composition, Gas products, Relation pressure/temperature for water in gas regarding hydrate formation conditions
    • Phase behavior, Gas laws (ideal and non-ideal gases), enthalpy, Joule Thomson effect
    • Condensate, retrograde condensation etc.
    • Associated and Non associated gas
    • Exercise calculation Make up of Matter and Stoichiometry

    Module 4: Gas products


    • NG, NGL, LNG, LPG & GTL

    Module 5: Gas conditioning/treatment


    • Pressure reduction, Gas infrastructure, Heating value requirement, Condensation prevention, Corrosion prevention, solids/fine removal, dangerous/toxic components removal (H2S and Mercury-Hg.)
    • Main processes for both water and condensate removal
    • Low Temperature Separation (Joule Thompson, Refrigeration, Twister, Turbo expander)
    • Prevention of hydrate formation in LTS process by glycol injection MEG/DEG as anti-freeze (or methanol). KHI and other modern applications
    • Absorption process for water removal only
    • NB Operations issues of above all addressed
    • Low temperature separation (LTS) process: Process
    • Glycol absorption process. Absorption principles and application and limitations
    • MEG, DEG and TEG applications
    • Absorber/Contactor unit (bubble cap, packed column and structured packing) and operating conditions
    • Comparison between types of columns and design criteria
    • Terminology like ‘rich’; ‘wet’; ‘lean’;‘dry’ etc.
    • Glycol absorption process in detail and equipment
    • Glycol regeneration. Reboiler and water removal by evaporization.
    • Glycol concentration enhancing processes: Drizo, Coldfinger, Gas stripping
    • Glycol flash tank operation, Reflux principle e.g. glycol losses minimization.
    • Glycol decomposition issues
    • Glycol quality criteria. Glycol conditioning e.g. solids/fine removal and equipment, pH control, Hg removal and condensate removal from glycol.
    • Glycol Trouble shooting. Solutions to real problems avoiding gas sales losses, gas off-spec situations (penalties) and reducing glycol losses
    • Adsorption process including process facilities/equipment and application vs other gas drying processes.
    • Introduction into gas compression. Reciprocating and Centrifugal and explanation on main components and operating principles.
    • Seal gas, Stonewall principle etc.

    Module 6: Gas transport / Pipeline operation


    • Gas pipeline operations and pipeline integrity
    • Liquid hold-up and liquid inventory management
    • Corrosion prevention
    • Pigging and trouble shooting

    Module 7: Gas Contracts


    • Main type of contracts e.g. Take or Pay etc.
    • Terminology like Force Majeure, PSC, Unitization etc.
    • Gas metering. Type of meters.
    • Gas units (Scf, BTU, MJ, m3, WI etc.)

    Module 8: Gas quality


    • Temperature, Pressure, Dewpoints, Composition, Standard Test Methods

    Module 9: HSE in operations


    • Permit to work procedure
    • Safeguarding equipment /facilities
    • Plant change procedure


    Although the course is aimed at a “Knowledge” (Understand) level, practical exercises and case studies will form an integral part of the learning process.

  • The objectives and modules of the training course “Gas Processing” are directly linked to the Competence Assurance Programme (CAP) as developed by SOGOS Academy. Skills are selected from the SOGOS Academy skills library and these are translated into the training course curriculum. This approach ensures that each training event will demonstrable contribute to the competence of course participants.

    The management framework CAP ensures competence of all employees through:

    • the use of a unique set of skills standard to the oil & gas industry
    • a common language for skills and competence
    • the use of development/job profiles for each employee
    • fit-for-purpose training targets
    • a control mechanism to measure state of competence
  • About the trainer
    Below a short summary of the trainer’s curriculum vitae:

    • Extensive experience in Production Operations e.g. Onshore/Offshore/Swamp Oil & Gas (Both Surface and Subsurface). Gas collection, processing, pipeline operations. Organisational matters and the training of Staff.
    • Integrated Production Programming/Planning (Well doctoring and Petroleum Engineering liaison).
    • Oil Movement (Terminal Operations, Tanker planning/scheduling, Fiscalisation, Trading knowledge etc.) Hydrocarbon Accounting for Corporate Accounting and reservoir management.

    Production Operations & Maintenance

    Years of experience:

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