Surface Production Operations

Surface Production Operations course and Surface Production Operations training

  • This 5 day training course is designed to provide an understanding of the wide range of surface production handling and treatment equipment. Participants will learn not only “what” but “how” field fluid treating equipment works. Participants will be introduced to the fundamental principles of fluid behavior and how it applies to all of the various equipment and systems comprised in production operations. Emphasis is on understanding the internal workings inside the piping, valves and vessels.


    Duration: 5 days
    Location: To be advised

  • 1. To understand the physical properties and phase behavior of crude oil and natural gas that govern production operations
    2. To describe field processes for treating and conditioning full wellstream production for sales or final disposition
    3. To name the wide range of equipment used to process, treat, transport, and store oilfield produced fluids
    4. To understand the basics of oilfield corrosion prevention, detection and treatment
    5. To describe how to determine and minimize pressure drop in pipelines, valves and pressured vessels Internal workings of separators, pumps, compressors, valves and other treating equipment
    6. To name the processes and equipment used to handle acid gases
    7. To understand the wide range of produced fluid volume measurement and metering devices
    8. To describe treating equipment whether located downhole, on the surface, offshore platform or sea floor

    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)
  • This training course is designed for: and technical or supervisory personnel who interact with field facility engineers and operators

    • Production, operations, facilities and petroleum engineers
    • Production managers and field production supervisors
    • Surface equipment technicians
    • Technical or supervisory personnel who interact with field facility engineers and operators


    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: Physics


    • Properties of fluids, viscosity, density, solubility, compressibility, surface tension
    • Effects of fluid properties on production system
    • Phase envelope, dew / bubble points, dense phase, critical point, hydrocarbon mixture
    • Laws: Stokes, Bernoulli, Darcy, Reynolds

    Module 2: Integrated Production System


    • Reservoirs: types, drive mechanisms, porosity, permeability, skin
    • Wells: purpose only
    • Surface facilities: purpose only
    • Sales: contracts, stakeholders, effects of measurement inaccuracies (high level)
    • Disposal: environmental impact, by-products
    • Nodal analysis: pressure drop over the system

    Module 3: Sub-Surface Operations


    • Well types: vertical, deviated, casing schemes, cementation, completion types, packers, perforations, tubing standards, tubing connections
    • Vertical flow performance: multi phase flow
    • Well integrity: well intervention operations, workover, snubbing, coiled tubing, acid treatment, pressure control, SSSV, MAASP
    • Artificial lift: gas lift, beam pump, ESP

    Module 4: Wellhead and X-mas tree


    • Casing head housing / spools
    • Tubing hanger: cup type (Boll Weevil), ram type, tubing in tension
    • X-mas tree: types, valves, API standard

    Module 5: Flow control and manifolds


    • Chokes: fixed, variable, critical flow, erosion
    • Flowlines: horizontal flow performance: multi phase flow, slugging
    • Manifold layout

    Module 6: Separation


    • Two- and three phase separation, multi-stage separation, effects of separator pressure, internals of separators, vertical / horizontal separators, retention time
    • Atmospheric separation, surge vessels

    Module 7: Oil treatment


    • Wash tanks, storage / export tanks, emulsion treatment, dehydration / desalting of crude, export / sales quality

    Module 8: Pipeline systems


    • Operations, maintenance and inspection of pipelines

    Module 9: Water treatment


    • Water quality: oil in water, disposal at surface / sub-surface, water injection, hydrocyclones

    Module 10: Reserves planning


    • PRMS: Petroleum Resource Management System
    • Portfolio management

    Module 11: Gas treatment


    • Gas coolers: water in gas, isobaric dehydration
    • LTS: mechanical cooling, J-T valves, turboexpander
    • Absorption: glycol systems, regeneration, contactor, quality, filters
    • Adsorption: silicagel systems, batch operation
    • Acid gas treatment

    Module 12: Corrosion


    • Corrosion mechanism
    • CO2, H2S, Chlorine, brittle fractures, HIC
    • Galvanic corrosion
    • Corrosion detection, management and protection

    Module 13: Rotating equipment


    • Pumps, compressors, reciprocating, centrifugal

    Module 14: Static equipment


    • Heaters, vessels, valves

    Module 15: Instrumentation


    • Measurement equipment: end elements, DCS / SCADA
    • Safety equipment: IPF, HIPPS, voting systems
    • Fiscal measurements
    • Reliability: SIL, FoD, risk

    Module 16: State-of-the-art systems


    • New developments


    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 “Surface Production Operations” 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
    The trainer is a seasoned Production Operations Engineer who holds a BSc in Mechanical Engineering.

    He has a solid background in Oil & Gas Production Operations with thorough exposure to functions in Surface and Sub-Surface Field Operations, Production Planning and Programming, Hydrocarbon Administration, Offshore Installation and Manager SAP implementation Team Leader.

    With 28 years worldwide Shell experience he continued his Career in a consultancy roll mainly for Shell.

    The trainer demonstrates prime qualities such as :

    • Strong power of analysis
    • A strong focus on Operational Safety
    • Easy accessibility and providing a listening ear
    • Ability to transfer knowledge as well as theoretical as practical

    He retired from Shell in 1999 and in 2001 started working as a Consultant. The first few years as self-employed freelancer, later as member of the SOGOS group.

    Production Operations & Maintenance

    Years of experience:

  • For more information about this training, please send an email. If you need immediate assistance, please contact by phone.