Introduction to Facilities Engineering is a series of lectures held during the lunch hour at the SPE Houston training center. These lectures cover topics to familiarize engineers and non-engineers with the principles of production operations and equipment commonly used in the oilfield, with specific emphasis on offshore. Lunch is included and served at 1100, and lectures begin at 1130.
At the end of the series attendees should have a general appreciation of how production facilities fit into the overall scheme for developing oil and gas fields, the different pieces of equipment used in typical facilities, how they work, and how they are assembled into a system. Sizing, design equations, specifications, and costs of equipment and piping systems are beyond the scope of this course.
Lecture 3: Facilities Orientation (2 hours)
Goal of a facility, typical projects, controlling the process, stage separation, backpressure on wells, gas lift
Lecture 4: Oilfield Process Selection and Separation (2 hours)
Horizontal and vertical two phase and three phase separators
Lecture 5: Treating Oil (2 hours)
Treating oil, desalting
Lecture 6: Treating Produced Water (2 hours)
Skimmers, gas flotation, hydrocyclones, filters, deaeration of surface water