N613 - Natural Gas Processing - Dehydration, Refrigeration, and Fractionation

Course Overview
This three-day course is designed to familiarize technical professionals with the design and operation of several common gas plant processing blocks. Day one will be spent on dehydration systems used in typical field gathering and plant facilities, including a review of options available. Day two will focus on mechanical propane refrigeration systems typically used in Hydrocarbon Dew Point and NGL Recovery systems, including a review of design and performance enhancements. Day three will focus on tower operations and troubleshooting used in absorption and fractionation services, with optimization and key performance indicators discussed for each tower in each application. The course is aimed at engineers, technologists and operators involved in the operation and optimization of gas processing facilities. 

Participants will learn to:

•	Describe the design of a glycol dehydration unit.
•	Determine the water content of natural gas.
•	Review the operation and potential problems of a glycol dehydration unit.
•	Describe the types of gas processing pumps.
•	Briefly review dessicant dehydration systems.
•	Discuss the components of a refrigeration system.
•	Review the operating problems and possible solutions in a refrigeration system.
•	Describe the various liquids recovery options.
•	Review absorption and fractionation towers.
•	Review De-ethanizer and Stabilization tower operation and typical operating problems.
•	Discuss product specification and pricing.

A complete set of course materials and lunches are included.

All scheduled event(s) for this short course:
26-Feb-19 Calgary (3 days) $ 2,375 CAD
24-Sep-19 Calgary (3 days) $ 2,375 CAD
Course Syllabus
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Course Outline
  • Water Content of Natural Gas
  • Hydrate Formation, Prevention and Handling
  • Options for Dehydration
  • Glycol Dehydrator Sizing
  • Troubleshooting and System Optimization
  • Refrigeration Circuit Basic Design/Operation
  • Capacity Control
  • Power-Reducing Modifications
  • Troubleshooting H/C Dew Point Control Problems
  • Gas Expander - Propane Refrigerant Comparison
  • Absorption and Fractionation Tower Design
  • Tower Internals
  • Capacity Control and Issues
  • Turn-Up and Turn-Down Problems

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Dale Kraus earned a Degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Saskatchewan in 1981. He has held Facility Engineering and Operations Management experience with several major multinational oil companies for 20 years, and, most recently, has been providing consulting services to the Oil & Gas Industry. He has a broad background in Upstream Facilities and Process Engineering, coupled with extensive Operational experience gained in the Field.

Training Venue

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Participant Evaluations
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November 24, 2018, Operator 1, Calgary
Nice refresher for the seasoned oil and gas personnel, and even better for new students joining oil and gas sector.
December 15, 2016, Production Engineer (EIT), Calgary
The course was perfect, not too complicated and not too simple. Truly the best 24 hours in a classroom setting that I spent. If you have any exposure to Dehydration, Refrigeration, and Fractionation in your facilities, this course will break it down for you perfectly and you'll walk away knowing you learned something extremely applicable. I would highly recommend this course! Dale Krauss is an excellent instructor, very knowledgeable and extremely experienced.
December 16, 2016, Engineer, Calgary
I learned a lot from this course. The instructor was very knowledgeable.
May 27, 2016, Process Engineer, Calgary
This course offers a great balance of theory, practical examples and optimization on dehydration, refrigeration and fractionation.
June 1, 2016, Project Manager (Kanata), Calgary
A well-balanced, introductory course to Natural Gas processing principles.
June 2, 2016, Facilities Engineer, Calgary
This course enhanced my understanding of the facility I currently work at. I would recommend this course to my coworkers.
February 26, 2016, Instructor/ Asset Integrity Technician, Calgary
The teacher was extremely knowledgeable in a wide rage of topics. He has lots of experience and stories to back up his what he is teaching. Good teaching points and content. He is kind,welcoming and friendly. Material provided was a bit cheap. A digital copy of the Power point is all that is provided.
March 3, 2016, Lead Operator, Calgary
The course was excellent. Every operator that works with a de-hy or refridge should take this course.
November 6, 2015, Operations E.I.T., Calgary
This course was a great primer into refridge/dehy/fractionation. The instructor made it engaging and interesting. I really appreciate the field experience brought by the instructor.
November 7, 2015, Operator, Calgary
Great course to understand natural gas processing and learn a variety of different equipment layout options.
November 11, 2015, operator, Calgary
Very informative course. Lots of real world examples on design issues in actual implementations. I highly recommend this course.
November 12, 2015, Senior Technical Sales, Calgary
I thought the course was very good. I was especially impressed by the instructor's ability to speak without notes.
January 26, 2015, maintenance foreman, Calgary
After 25 years in the industry I still found this course to be great.
January 26, 2015, Manager, NGL Business Development, Calgary
Excellent course to learn about NG dehydration, refrigeration, and fractionation. Instructor was willing to answer all questions before moving on the next subject which provides everyone with a solid understanding of the material taught.
October 8, 2014, Integrity Engineer, Calgary
My background is related to Oil and Gas, but I have very little experience with processing or operating facilities. The course was perfect for me to give an understanding of all the different terms I hear used around the office, how the pieces of equipment I see actually operate and what their purpose is.
February 5, 2014, Facilities Engineer, Calgary
Very well conducted, all if not, most, issues that came up in discussion were well addressed. I'm ~ 11 months in the facilities industry and thought that it was a good time to enroll in the course - difficulty wise.