This course is designed for individuals that are interested in a comprehensive understanding of the downstream operations of the petroleum industry with a focus on production.
This program includes an IADC accredited certificate.
Marketing Petroleum Products: Module 7 discusses what the three marketing sectors of petroleum are, which forces control the nature of the petroleum market, where the major producers and major consumers are located, how crude oil is traded, how the supply and demand of petroleum is stabilized and how refined petroleum products are marketed.
Geology of Petroleum: Module 1 discusses how the physical structure of the earth was formed, what the earths crust is composed of, how the history of the earth is mapped, which processes are involved in the formation of mountains, why sedimentation occurs, what organic matter is and how oil and gas are formed.
Exploration for Oil and Gas: Module 2 discusses the difference between reserves of oil and gas and petroleum as a resource, how a reservoir is formed, what the characteristics of a viable reservoir are, the techniques used to identify potential reservoir formations the role seismic surveys play in locating potential reservoirs and why exploratory drilling is only used when the potential for a viable reservoir is high.
Drilling Operations Basics: Module 3 discusses the nature of drilling operations, the importance of subsurface conditions, why well bores change size, the three stages of drilling, why different drilling methods are used and the significance of well bore control.
Production of Oil and Gas: Module 4 discusses the steps involved in preparing a well for production, what natural lift is and the types of natural lift, the principal types of artificial lift, the types of well completions, what is involved in well servicing and how oil and gas are treated on emerging from the well.
Transportation, Distribution and Delivery of Oil and Gas: Module 6 discusses why two basic transportation streams are used, how natural gas is transported, distributed and delivered, how crude oil is also transported, distributed and delivered, where refineries are located, how bulk and finished refined products reach their consumers and how using oil and gas affects the environment as well as the industry.
Petroleum Refining Process: Module 5 discusses which molecules make up the different types of hydrocarbons, how contaminants in the oil are dealt with, why boiling points are important to the refining process, where refineries are located, what the two basic areas of a refinery are, what happens during the two main stages of refining, why each upgrading procedure is important and what happens before and after the refining process.
Gas Lift Volume 1: The first Gas Lift module introduces the components, equipment, and applications of gas lift systems. Compressors, separators, control and metering equipment are described in detail. It also explains the principles of artificial lift, and the advantages and limitations of gas lift.
Gas Lift Volume 2: The second Gas Lift volume discusses the operational and design aspects of gas lift systems. It describes the sequence of events in unloading and operating the well, explains continuous and intermittent lift, and compares different gas injection rates, tubing sizes, and choke settings.
Electric Submergible Pumps Volume 1: This module introduces the components, theory, and operations of electric submersible pumping systems. It explains the principles behind a centrifugal pump, and describes the components of an ESP in detail. Pump performance characteristics and optimum ranges are also discussed.
Electric Submergible Pumps Volume 2: This module covers electric submersible pump components and performance. Pump intakes and protectors are described, along with the effects of gas lock. Electric motors and cables are also described. The module concludes by discussing associated surface systems.
Sucker Rod Pumping Volume 2: Volume 2 describes pumping unit and sucker-rod pumping systems with specific attention to the sub-surface components. It describes how static, dynamic, and cyclic loading lead to rod stress, fatigue, and failure. Sub-surface pumps, tubing, and gas anchors are also covered.
Sucker Rod Pumping Volume 1: Volume 1 introduces pumping unit and sucker-rod pumping systems. It describes the functional surface components of a sucker-rod pumping system, and their various geometries and configurations.
An Introduction to Gas Metering Techniques and Components: Equipment specifications and the importance of proper installation, inspection, and maintenance are reviewed in the second volume of Gas Metering. Causes and solutions for common problems are discussed. The module also covers the operation and advantages of gas flow computers.
An Introduction to Gas Metering: The first Gas Metering module covers the basic theory of gas measurement through an orifice. It describes metering equipment, measurement and recording devices, and gas flow calculations. The module explains how to read chart data and concludes with two gas flow simulations.
Liquid Metering: Oilfield applications of liquid metering are covered in this module, and various liquid metering systems are described in detail. Maintenance concerns are also explained, with attention to the effects of gas, solids, turbulence, and normal wear on metering equipment.
Perforating Fundamentals: This course on Perforating Fundamentals explains the basic concepts of perforating, including safety around explosives and the potential consequences of mistakes. It reviews topics related to shaped charges, including their design, completion, and detonation, as well as standoff, interference, and the manufacturing and performance of the shaped charge. The course then introduces perforating guns, including capsule guns, carrier guns, and pivot guns. Debris control and gun size are also discussed, along with tips on how to maximize clearance. The importance of the entrance hole diameter is reviewed.
An Introduction to Abbreviations for Slickline Operations: This module serves as a terminology primer for field personnel new to slickline operations, and as an electronic reference for more experienced field hands. Definitions generally concern slickline operations, but also include common terms found in field procedures and reports.
An Introduction to the Safe Deployment and Operation of Equipment: The safe deployment and operation of wireline surface equipment is covered in the third volume of Slickline Operations. It explains methods of controlling well pressure, and breaks down the rigging-up sequence step by step.
An Introduction to the Major Components of the Wireline Toolstring: Module 2 details the major components of the wireline toolstring and explains jarring operations. Physical forces of wireline jarring are illustrated through interactive simulation.
An Introduction to the Types and Applications of Wireline and Slickline: The first Slickline Operations module demonstrates the types and applications of wireline and slickline. Measuring techniques, spooling, and hydraulic circuits are explained. Important safety procedures are also covered.
An Introduction to Gas Lift: The fifth and final Slickline Operations module concerns gas lift. It describes the specialized equipment used to run and retrieve gas lift valves from a well. The design and application of latches, side pocket mandrels, and kickover tools are also discussed.
An Introduction to the Basic Wireline Tools: This module describes basic wireline tools in detail, covering shape and critical dimension. The practical field applications of each tool are demonstrated, along with associated safety practices. Additional relevant information on fluid by-pass and shear pin strength is also included.
Sub Surface Safety Valves: This course introduces the purpose, operation, and application of Subsurface Safety Valves. Case studies demonstrate the need for setting the valves at certain depths. Environmental complications encountered in sub-sea installations, arctic conditions, extreme temperatures, and even earthquake-prone regions are covered. Surface and subsurface controlled downhole safety valves are described, accompanied by detailed animations and graphics demonstrating the valves’ operation. Students operate a surface control panel and see the effect of each action downhole.
Surface Facilities Volume 1: The two main functions of surface facilities are explained in this module: separating oil, water, and gas; and testing production capability. The module describes surface system components, processes for separating fluids and breaking emulsions, and well testing facilities.
Surface Facilities Volume 2: The second Surface Facilities module details the handling of crude oil, natural gas, and water produced from a well. Metering systems, storage facilities, and transportation options for oil and gas are described, along with treatment and disposal alternatives for waste water.
Reciprocating Compressors: This module explains the operating principles and field applications of reciprocating gas compressors. It compares natural gas drivers with electrical drivers, and describes the function of aerial coolers. The module concludes with a discussion of gas flow control systems.
Coupling Alignment: 4. Coupling Alignment This module explains the importance and function of coupling alignments. Tools and equipment used in alignment procedures are described, together with various alignment conditions. Preliminary checks and alignment techniques are presented step by step.
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