Surface facilities management

Course name:

Surface facilities management

Course level:

Fundamental level



Target Audience:

  • Diploma or Undergraduate degree holders from any discipline
  • Working Professionals in Energy Sector.
  • Candidates with Engineering experience, who are interested about the Subject matter

Entry requirements:

The candidates should be either a diploma or undergraduate degree holder or pursuing such a degree while applying

Application procedure:

Students need to make a formal application via KIER website no later than a week before commencement of classes. After their application & qualifications are assessed, they will be invited to pay the fee and confirm their seat.

Number of seats:

30 per batch

Course description:

This 2 weeks course introduces the midstream segment of the Oil & Gas Industry. The course focuses on the identification and appraisal processes for various components of surface and subsea petroleum production facilities. The focus is on the optimization, design and performance of individual components as well as the life cycle management of the entire production facility.

Course content:

    • Aim of the course
    • Introduction to Oil & Gas production network
    • Current scenario of upstream Oil & Gas sector in India
    • Challenges & Opportunities in the upstream Industry
    • Reference material for further studies
    • API gravity
    • Crude oil viscosity
    • Natural Gas Viscosity & Co-relations
    • PVT properties for Oil & Gas
    • Reservoir Fluid Types
    • Sulphur Content of Crude Oil
    • Flammability & Explosion Hazards
    • Flammable Fluid Categories
    • Classification of Separators (based on structure, function, phase)
    • General layout of Processing Facilities
    • Oil/Gas Separation Principles
    • Separator Selection System
    • 3-phase Vertical & Horizontal Separators
    • Separator Designing
    • Operational Problems in Separators
    • Subsea Separation & Multi-phase Pumping
    • Types & Applications of Multiphase Pumps
    • Typical Produced Water Treating
    • Produced Water Treating Equipment
    • Contaminants in Produced Water
    • Treatment Methods
    • Prime Movers (Turbines, Reciprocating Engines, Electric Motors)
    • Pumps (Reciprocating, Regenerative & Centrifugal)
    • Pump Theory (Pump head: Discharge & Static, Frictional & Velocity)
    • Vapor Pressure, Cavitation & Water Hammer
    • Pumping Operational Problems
    • Compressors (Types & Performances)
    • Basic Valve Types
    • Characteristics of Valves
    • Types of Valves (Direction, Pressure, Flow)
    • Valve Selection & Designation
    • Sliding, Closing & Flexing Method
    • Valve Selection based on applications
    • Fuel Gas Conditioning
    • Instrument Air
    • Cooling Water Systems
    • Heat Exchangers
    • Heat Transfer Fluid System
    • Electric Power Generation
    • Standard Parameters of Process Measurement & Control
    • Control Loop
    • Reasons to Measure Process Parameters
    • Measurement Output Standards
    • Gauge Pressure v/s Absolute Pressure
    • Types of Level Measurement
    • Flow-meters (Rotameters, Orifice Meters, Positive Displacement Flow meters)
    • Temperature Measurement
    • Oil Depots & Marine Terminals
    • Categorization of Storage
    • Types of Tanks (Floating/Fixed Roof)
    • Single Buoy Mooring
    • SPAR (Brent SPAR)
    • Floating Production Storage Offloading Vessel (FPSO)
    • Design Procedure of an Offshore Structure
    • Types-Offshore Platforms (Fixed Platforms/Floating Structures/Compliant Towers)
    • Launch Sequence of Steel structured platform
    • Case Studies of Concrete Gravity Platforms
    • Guyed tower
    • Piled Structures v/s Gravity Structures
    • Sources Associated with Process System Change
    • Hierarchy Of measure to protect PPP
    • Source Hazard Contributing Source Area Classification
    • Detect & Control
    • Stages in decommissioning project
    • Planning & Development
    • Well Abandonment
    • Subsea Technology

Course Objective:

The main objectives of the course are:

  1. To impart basic knowledge about various Surface facilities, in the production environment, and its management
  2. To provide a deep understanding about the characteristics & components of crude and the processes performed to remove the contaminants
  3. To introduce the Vessels, machineries, valves & other equipments used in the Surface production environment
  4. To introduce the various measurements taken on the production facility and the importance of taking those measurements
  5. To familiarise the various storage & offloading facilities used in the Industry and the Pros & cons of using each of the method
  6. To introduce & explain the various offshore structures used to Produce a field and the various decommissioning options available
  7. To explain the Safety systems which are in place on a Production facility

Student Handouts:

More than 150 pages of handout notes will be provided to the participants during the class. The e-version of these handouts will also be available on the INFONIX for the participant to access, for up to 90 days from the start of the course.

Tutor Information:

Mr. S.B. Srivastava, General manger of Construction & Maintenance (Rtd) department of ONGC, has over 32 years of field experience with process facilities. He has extensive experience in execution and handling of LSTK / EPIC contracts for various pipelines, Process facilities, eg.GGS, GCS, Crude Oil Tanks Farm, Effluent treatment Plant construction at Offshore as well as Onshore Assets. Over the years he has held several positions within ONGC, which includes being Project Head for construction of 6 offshore well platforms and Project Manager for construction of 5 other offshore well platforms. He has also held the position of ‘Head of Pipeline & Civil Works’ and carried out construction of Trunk & Flow pipelines and drill site civil construction work. He has also worked as ‘Group Head & Design Manager’ for various offshore well platform & subsea pipeline projects. He has also got more than 12 years of hands on experience in various pipeline laying projects, both offshore & onshore. He was involved in the first ever offshore underwater pipe laying project in India in the year 1985, and laid a 36” dia pipeline from an offshore platform to onshore terminal.

Method of delivery:

The instruction is conducted in a classroom provided with a spacious & a friendly environment for the students. Each individual will have separate seating arrangement, with enough space providing comfort. Projector & board will be used to show slides and to explain concepts. Beside this, reading room & desktops with internet facility is available for every individual student to further enrich their knowledge outside class hours. KIER has developed an online self assessment portal called INFONIX were every participant can log into their account (username & password will be provided by the institute) were they can take self assessment for the course they have enrolled for and also can read the electronic version of each module. The user account will stay active for 3 months from the date of joining.

Access to Course content via INFONIX :

KIER has developed an online self assessment portal called INFONIX were every participant can log into their account (username & password will be provided by the institute upon registration) were they can access the course content and take self assessment for the course they have enrolled for. The course content includes, more than 150 pages of class handouts, presentation slides used while taking the class and other relevant reference material. The user account will stay active for 90 days from the first day of the class.

Examination and pass percentage:

Examination will be conducted at the last day of the course. The examination will be in the form of multiple choice questions. Totally 50 questions needs to be answered and the student needs to score more than 60% to pass the examination.

Course completion certificate:

Candidates who have scored more than 60% in the exam conducted at the end of the course, will be presented with a course completion certificate. This certificate can be either sent via courier or can be collected at the office.

Course calendar:

  • Course
  • Surface Facilities Management
  • Week
  • Day
  • Session-1
    9 am to 12 pm
  • Session-2
    2 pm to 5 pm
  • 1
  • Monday
  • Surface Facilities Introduction
  • Fluid Properties
  • Tuesday
  • Separator Systems (Part-1)
  • Separator Systems (Part-2)
  • Wednesday
  • Produced Water Treating (Part-1)
  • Produced Water Treating (Part-2)
  • Thursday
  • Machinery
  • Valves
  • Friday
  • Plant Auxillaries (Part-1)
  • Plant Auxillaries (Part-2)
  • 2
  • Monday
  • Measurement (Part-1)
  • Measurement (Part-2)
  • Tuesday
  • Storage & Offloading
  • Offshore Structures (Part-1)
  • Wednesday
  • Offshore Structures (Part-2)
  • Safety Systems
  • Thursday
  • Offshore Decommissioning (Part-1)
  • Offshore Decommissioning (Part-2)
  • Friday
  • Discussion & Doubts Clarification
  • Final Exams

Student complaints & feedback system:

KIER is committed to providing a good quality education which meets or exceeds the participant’s expectations. One of the ways we continue to improve our standards is by listening to the participant’s comments about our course. At the end of the course, participants will be invited to fill out a Feedback Form which will be accessed and necessary actions will be taken. The participants can also make complaints, comments and feedback at any time during the course. We are committed to learn from the comments that we receive and improve the quality of the courses offered.

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