Natural Gas Processing - Dehydration, Refrigeration, and Fractionation - Houston, Dec 9-11, 2013

Venue: Houston - Westchase

Location: Houston, Texas, United States

Event Date/Time: Dec 09, 2013 / 8:30 am - (CST) End Date/Time: Dec 11, 2013 / 4:30 pm - (CST)
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This three-day course is designed to re-familiarize technical professionals with the design and operation of several common gas plant processing blocks. The first day will be spent on water dehydration used in typical field gathering and plant facilities, including the options available.  A review of glycol dehydration systems will include a brief design review, with more time spent on troubleshooting and performance optimization. The second day will focus on mechanical propane refrigeration systems typically used in Hydrocarbon Dewpoint and NGL Recovery systems.  A review of design and performance enhancements will be followed by troubleshooting and optimization.  A comparison to turbo-expanders will illustrate the thermodynamic benefits of getting colder. The third day will focus on tower operations and troubleshooting used in absorption and fractionation services.  Optimization and key performance indicators will be discussed for each tower in each application. The course is designed primarily for engineers, technologists and operators involved in the operation and optimization of gas processing facilities.  Participants are required to bring calculators to the course.  

A complete set of course materials and lunches are included.  

Course Outline

  • Water Content of Natural Gas
  • Hydrate Formation, Prevention and Handling
  • Options for Dehydration
  • Glycol Dehydrator Sizing
  • System Optimization
  • Operational Issues
  • Troubleshooting
  • Basic Design and Operation of Refrigeration Circuit
  • Capacity Control
  • Equipment Options
  • Power-Reducing Modifications
  • Troubleshooting Hydrocarbon Dew Point Control Problems
  • Gas Expander - Propane Refrigerant Comparison
  • Basic Design of an Absorption and Fractionation tower
  • Tower Internals
  • Capacity Control and Issues
  • Turn-up and Turndown Problems

Date: Dec 09 - 11, 2013

Length: 3 days (8:30 AM - 4:30 PM)

Location: Houston, TX

Delivery Method: Classroom Training    

CEU: 2.4 Continuing Education Units

PDH: 24 Professional Development Hours

Certificate: Certificate Issued Upon Completion

Fee: $ 2,795.00 USD



Houston - Westchase
United States

Conference Speakers

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.