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Course Details


Abu Dhabi, UAE
From Date: 28-Aug-2023   
To Date: 01-Sep-2023
5 Days

Ref No:        PE053
Title:            Separation Equipment – Selection & Sizing  
Start Date:  28 August 2023 End Date: 01 September 2023
Venue:         Abu Dhabi, UAE
Fee:             $5,250

In any of the 5 star hotels. The exact venue will be informed once finalized.


This workshop covers the basic concepts and techniques necessary to design, specify and manage oil filed separation facilities. It provides a clear understanding of the equipment and processes used in common separation and oil and water treating systems as well as the selection of piping and pumping systems. The gathering, separation and final treatment systems for crude oil, before transport to refinery are discussed field and fiscal measurements error is explained. Hydrocarbon reconciliation and allocation of produced fluids to the contributing reservoirs are explained. Exercises are used to cement the learning of the various topics treated.

This workshop will enable participant to develop a “feel” for the important parameters of designing and operating oil and gas separation production facility. The participant will understand the uncertainties and assumptions inherent in designing and using the equipment in these systems and the limitations, advantages and disadvantages associated with their use.

As some of workshop participants may have no background in production facility design other than what they have learned in the introductory petroleum engineering workshops, the workshop will start with an overview explaining the goals of the oil separation facility with pictures of the equipment. Then the instructor will discuss how the equipment is put together into a process system before explaining process calculations and equipment designing procedures.

The instructor will assign a project at the start of the workshop and have the participants take it another step forward as each day is completed. As there are many correct answers in facility process and equipment design, no two projects will be identical, but the participant should be able to defend his/her selection in an oral presentation at the last day of the workshop


You will learn how to:

Apply physical and thermodynamic property correlations and principles to the design and evaluation of oil production and processing facilities.

  • Evaluate oil and gas separation processing configurations for different applications.
  • Recognize and develop solutions to operating problems in oil production facilities.
  • Attendees completing this course will enhance their understanding of process design and gain practical skills and knowledge in the design of process separators.

Solution for gas oil separation processes will be discussed as well, though at a relatively high level. In addition to the engineering aspects of oil production facilities, practical operating problems will also be covered including emulsion treatment, sand handling, dealing with wax and asphalt etc

  • Process engineers involved in the design, revamp, and operation of and related oil and gas processing plants. The program is also recommended for plant design and equipment engineers working with engineering process and equipment sizing
  • Maintenance personnel who are involved in or responsible for the routine maintenance of the oil and gas separation system
  • Safety engineers who are involved in the continuing assessment of oil and gas separation system as a safe means of disposal
  • Environmental engineers concerned with emissions and the effect of noise and radiation on personnel.
    Newly engaged Production Engineers and Petroleum Engineers. Technical and operations staff from other disciplines, which  equire a cross-training to or a basic understanding of surface production operations and oil and gas separation


  1. Introduction includes the following items;
    • Fluid properties & phase behavior
    • Separation Theory & Treatment System
    • Data Compilation and Presentation
      • Process Flow Diagram
      • Equipment Data Sheets
      • Accuracy and Significance
    • Processing configurations (example PFD’s)
    • Phase separation of gas, oil, and water
    • Emulsions
    • Sand, wax, & asphalt
    • Oil treating
    • Field desalting
    • Crude stabilization & sweetening
    • Nature of Design
    • Design Constraints & codes
    • Design Categories
      • New Design
      • Revamp Design
  2. Separation Process
    Types and Functions, separation performance Capabilities, Accumulation, Settling
    • Separation by Difference in Density
      • Introduction
      • Separation Process
  3. Principles of Separation
    • Gravity Separation
    • Separation System Problems
    • Factors Affecting Separation
  4. Phases Separation
    • Primary Separation
    • Secondary Separation
    • Mist Extraction
    • Liquid Accumulation
    • Oil and Water Separation
  5. Terminology and Applications:
    • Vessels Terminology
    • Separator Application
      • Slug catchers, filter separators ,scrubbers and knockout.
  6. Stage Separations
  7. Separators Classification
    • The Vessel Shape
    • The Number of Fluids to be Separated
  8. Separator Internals
    • Inlet Configuration
    • Intermediate Configuration
    • Outlet Configuration
  9. Separator Sizing
    • Definitions
    • Sizing Knock Out Drum
    • Sizing Liquid Accumulators 
    • Sizing Vapor Liquid Separators
  10. Separation Operations and Troubleshooting
    • Separator Control& relief
    • Troubleshooting
  11. Operating Problems
    • Foamy Crudes
    • Paraffin 
    • Sand 
    • Emulsion
    • Slugging
  12. Equipment Sizing, Selection and Design Process Equipment Categories:
    • Proprietary Type Equipment
    • Non-Proprietary Equipment
    • Required vs. Calculated Data
  13. Separator Vessels
    • Design Considerations – Sizing, Vapor Velocity, Liquid Residence, Entrainment, Internals, Connections.
    • Calculate the wall thickness and estimate the weight of the separator, Material selection.
    • Vessel Calculation Method and Examples

Oil treating & Desalting Equipment

Oil Water Separation

  • Introduction
    • Electrostatic coalescing nets
    • Liquid Liquid Coalescing filters
  • Emulsions
    • Emulsion Terminology
  • Emulsifying Agents
  • Demulsifies
  • Factors Affecting Emulsion Breakdown and its affect in Design and selecting of the vessel.
    • Differential Density
    • Viscosity
    • Interfacial Tension
    • Water Drop Size 
    • Salinity of the Water 
    • Volume Percent of the Water
    • Emulsifying Agents 
    • Age of Emulsion
    • Agitation

NOTE: Pre & Post Tests will be conducted Case Studies, Group Exercises, Group Discussions, Last Day Review &Assessments will be carried out.


Define Management Consultancy & Training Certificate of course completion will be issued to all attendees.


A highly interactive combination of lectures and discussion sessions will be managed to maximize the amount and quality of information and knowledge transfer. The sessions will start by raising the most relevant questions, and motivate everybody find the right answers. You will also be encouraged to raise your own questions and to share in the development of the right answers using your own analysis and experiences. Tests of multiple-choice type will be made available on daily basis to examine the effectiveness of delivering the course. All presentations are made in excellent colorful power point. Very useful Course Materials will be given.

  • 30% Lectures
  • 30% Workshops and work presentation
  • 20% Group Work& Practical Exercises
  • 20% Videos& General Discussions
5,250 US$ per participant for Public Training includes Materials/Handouts, tea/coffee breaks, refreshments & Buffet Lunch

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