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Introduction to Process Safety for Upstream Oil & Gas Featured Image

Introduction to Process Safety for Upstream Oil & Gas

The purpose of this course is to introduce engineers and other professionals to the basic principles of risk-based process safety management. Through text, brief videos and games, students will learn how these principles can be applied to the upstream oil and gas industry to reduce risk and prevent injuries & environmental incidents.

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Utility Systems and Equipment

This topic presents information on fuel system design, providing guidelines for determining the facility fuel requirements and information on selecting equipment needed to treat fuels prior to use. Technical explanations on Fired heaters and their uses, along with guidelines for selecting and specifying a fired heater is presented. The next tutorial provides methods for determining the amount of waste heat energy available, and presents information and procedures on the design of a waste heat recovery system. Then, various components of refrigeration and heating systems are described, and a procedure is established for sizing evaporator duties, condenser duties, compressor horsepower, fan horsepower and duct sizes. In the last two subtopics, a basic understanding of reciprocating and centrifugal pumps is provided.

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Permitting for Well Operations

Prepare the required permission requests for drilling, workover/recompletion, stimulation, abandonment and well servicing operations to satisfy the established legal requirements of governmental regulatory organizations. Upon completion of this module, the participant should be able to follow proper procedures for obtaining permission to conduct drilling, workover/recompletion, stimulations, abandonment proposals and well servicing operations, in accordance the established legal requirements of the MEM, MARNR and other official organizations.

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Microseismic Studies of Reservoirs

This course introduces the basics of using microseismic surveys to study hydrocarbon reservoirs. A microseismic survey is a 3D technology used to monitor subsurface processes by analyzing microearthquakes. Microearthquakes occur when production, injection or hydraulic fracturing cause changes in the pore pressure of a hydrocarbon reservoir that trigger slippage on bedding planes or fractures. The course begins with basic topics required to understand microseismic events and then discusses applications of microseismic surveys. Among the applications are monitoring fracture stimulation operations and relating production to microseismic data. The course includes examples, exercises and offers a list of digital papers for those interested in more information about a particular topic.

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Deepwater Drilling

The term "deepwater" has always been defined in terms of where offshore technology stood at a given moment. In the early 1960s, 500-foot water depths placed a practical limit on offshore drilling capabilities; by 2003, the water depth record had surpassed 10,000 feet. This Topic describes the equipment and technology that have made such advances possible. Starting with an overview of worldwide drilling activity, it looks at the characteristics of deepwater environments and the challenges they pose with respect to rig requirements and offshore project management. It goes on to discuss the systems, equipment and considerations involved in deepwater well planning, design and construction. It then examines some of the innovative solutions to deepwater drilling challenges, ranging from riserless drilling to dual activity operations. Finally, it presents several case studies to show how these solutions have been applied in the Gulf of Mexico, offshore eastern Canada and the North Sea.

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Seismic Data Acquisition

Select the most favorable seismic acquisition configuration for the area of interest. Select source and receiver array for proposed survey. Evaluate trade-off between 2-D and 3-D acquisition for the exploration objective. Upon completion of the course, the learner will be able to: understand the primary principles of seismic survey design, identify the basic concepts and field operations involved in seismic data acquisition, contrast differences between 2-D and 3-D acquisition, describe key elements of marine vs. non-marine acquisition, evaluate horizontal and vertical seismic resolution, and evaluate practical considerations in survey design.

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Logging Equipment and Operational Procedures

Logging while drilling (LWD) and wireline logging set-up processes, equipment, tool conveyance, data transmission and operational procedures are reviewed. The features and functions of common LWD and wireline logging tools are summarized. LWD and wireline logging operations are compared, facilitating logging program design. Well log quality control techniques are discussed.

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Electric Line Well Intervention

This topic presents the basic elements of an electric line well intervention and outlines the steps involved in pre-job planning, job execution, and post-job activities from a field engineering/operations standpoint. The general surface and subsurface equipment used in electric line operations are discussed as well as downhole tools provided by the major service companies and used by electric line operators. In addition, this topic describes general operating procedures for carrying out electric line operations, with an emphasis on HSE considerations.