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Surface Facilities Primer


The Surface Facilities Primer introduces the equipment typically used to process fluids produced from oil wells, describing the identification, internal configuration, principles of operation, and contribution to the overall system of each of the major pieces of oilfield surface equipment. Emulsion breaking and the separation of oil, gas, and water are discussed. The course also covers the handling, storage, and transportation of hydrocarbons produced from the well. Two subjects in particular are afforded specific attention in this course: One module covers the function and operation of reciprocating compressors. Another provides detailed procedures for coupling alignment. The Surface Facilities Primer course comprises four computer-based training modules, each one representing over an hour and a half of instruction and exercises.


  • Identify each major piece of oilfield surface equipment.
  • Trace the route of all produced fluids from the wellhead through their final application.
  • Explain the basic function and process of fluid separation.
  • Describe the various techniques and equipment used to break emulsions.
  • Identify the name, function, interior configuration, and general operating principle of each major piece of oilfield surface equipment.
  • Describe how each fluid stream is handled, from the wellhead through its final disposition.
  • Explain how oil and gas are measured before leaving the facilities.
  • Function and Operation of Reciprocating Compressors.
  • Coupling Alignment.

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