Course Price: € 650

This extensive course covers an introduction to petroleum production, well performance concepts and applications (well modelling with Prosper) and a review of artificial lift systems design, diagnosis and applications in both conventional and unconventional reservoirs. Production operations topics include data measurement and analysis, well surveillance, well integrity, well intervention and sand control, formation damage and stimulation, production chemistry and flow assurance, surface production facilities and fluids treatment and corrosion control and materials selection. This course provides a solid and comprehensive foundation for all production engineers. IChemE accredited course (70 CPD hours).

Who’s it for?

. . . anyone wishing to learn about the concepts and applications of production operations engineering.

Course Price

€ 650

Course length

10 days classroom equivalent.

  1. Explain the formation of reservoirs and their properties; describe the exploration and appraisal process leading to field development production systems and how these relate to water depth
  2. Describe the concepts of nodal analysis for flowrate prediction and the effect of sensitivity variables. Explain the concepts of slip and holdup and how this influences flow correlation selection
  3. Build, validate and match a naturally flowing oil well model, run nodal analysis sensitivities, interpret the results and export lift curves (Prosper)
  4. Describe the concepts of artificial lift systems operation, design and diagnosis. Identify the key selection criteria for artificial lift methods and how these apply in unconventional wells
  5. Identify best practice in measurement system design and application and compare the strengths and weaknesses of various primary devices. List the key types of production data that are measured and collected and used in production surveillance, allocation and optimisation
  6. List the principal types of formation damage and their treatment. Compare and contrast the various well intervention and stimulation techniques available for production wells
  7. Analyse the various threats to well integrity and flow assurance in production and injection systems and identify the associated key maintenance strategies. Explain the mechanisms and the methods of control for the various forms of corrosion prevalent within the oil and gas industry including the appropriate selection of materials
  8. Describe the objectives, options and layout of surface production facilities for onshore and offshore fields. Explain the selection, sizing and operation of primary separation systems
  9. Identify the main equipment types used in the treatment of oil, water and gas to meet export specifications and explain their operation. List the primary components and function of the various transportation systems required to export oil, gas and water

1. Introduction to Production Operations

2. Production system concepts

3. Units and datums

4. Reservoir fluid properties overview

5. PVT correlations and matching

6. Gas fluid properties using an EoS

7. Workshop: Building a well model with Prosper (Part 1)

8. Inflow performance concepts

9. Radial flow IPR and skin

10. Outflow performance concepts

11. Holdup and slip

12. Flow correlations and VLPs

13. Workshop: Building a well model with Prosper (Part 2)

14. Pressure loss at surface

15. Nodal analysis concepts

16. Nodal analysis plot interpretation

17. Workshop: Matching the well model (Prosper)

18. Workshop: More complex IPR modelling (Prosper)

19. Workshop: Sensitivity analysis (Prosper)

20. Introduction to Artificial Lift Systems

21. Gas lift key concepts

22. Gas lift design and VLPs

23. Gas lift equipment and valve calculations

24. Gas lift diagnosis

25. ESP key concepts and performance curves

26. ESP equipment overview

27. ESP design and sensitivities

28. ESP operations, control and optimisation

29. ESP diagnosis and runlife optimisation

30. PCP key concepts and performance curves

31. PCP design and operation

32. Artificial lift in unconventional reservoirs

33. Production measurement

34. Production surveillance

35. Production allocation

36. Well integrity management

37. Well intervention and sand control

38. Formation damage and stimulation methods

39. Production chemistry and flow assurance

40. Surface production facilities and treatment

41. Corrosion control and material selection

    • Courses:

      On completion of the final course exam you will receive a certificate of completion of your course. Recognised by major players in the industry across the world, these certificates will help to confirm your training record and your progress within the profession. Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) approved training course.

    • Skills and competencies:

      Digital badges are awarded upon the successful completion of a set of skills (micro-credentials) that form a competency set for Production and Reservoir Engineers.

    • Earn credits towards a Masters Degree in Petroleum Production Engineering.

      Upon successful completion of a module (set of courses), a certificate will be issued. This can be used as evidence for requesting module exemption under Robert Gordon University’s Recognition of Certified Prior Learning (RCPL) when applying for entry to the M.Sc. in Petroleum Production Engineering. Please note undertaking these Baobab courses does not guarantee RPCL.

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