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POPR 011 - Gas Process Operations Level A
Course Details
Course Code:
POPR 011

Calendar Description:
Gas Process Operations (GPO) was developed to provide the Gas Plant Operator with a basic understanding of the theory associated with plant operations.

The Gas Process Operations Level A component reviews Field Operations. Students will study equipment design, troubleshooting, gas line heating, and different types of separators and separation methods as they relate to field operations. Additionally, students will be introduced to land survey systems, types of flow diagrams, hydrocarbon sampling and handling methods, petroleum deposits, production methods, and safety procedures.


Date First Offered:
2009-09-01

Hours:
Total Hours: 95
Lecture Hours: 95


Total Weeks:
3

This course is offered online:
No

Pre-Requisites:
POPR 200: Fourth Class Power Engineering Part A
POPR 201: Fourth Class Power Engineering Part B
POPR 208: Laboratory in Power Engineering and Gas Processing


Non-Course Pre-Requisites:
NONE

Co-Requisites:
NONE

Rearticulation Submission:
No

Course Content:
OCCURRENCE OF PETROLEUM DEPOSITS
- History of natural gas
- Origin of petroleum deposits
- Petroleum geology
- Oil and gas accumulation

EXPLORATION
- Exploration

LAND SURVEY SYSTEMS
- Torren System
- National topographic system

DRILLING METHODS AND EQUIPMENT
- Drilling methods
- Safety
- Drilling techniques

TESTING, COMPLETION AND PRODUCTION METHODS
- Testing
- Well Completion
- Well production methods

OIL AND GAS COMPOSITIONS AND SALES SPECIFICATIONS
- States of matter
- Hydrocarbons
- Non-hydrocarbons
- Types of natural gases
- Oil and gas delivery

FLOW DIAGRAMS INTRODUCTION
- Standard symbols
- Identifying equipment
- Piping and instrumentation diagram

INSTRUMENTATION DRAWING SYMBOLS
- Identification system
- Instrumentation symbols

FLOW DIAGRAMS
- Process flow
- Material balances
- Mechanical flow

FIELD OPERATIONS - DESIGN, NORMAL OPERATION
- Field operations
- Safety
- Producing the well
- Well production factors
- Well start-up procedures

FIELD OPERATIONS
- Production problems and prevention
- Hydrates
- Maintenance
- Gas line heating
- Separation procedures and equipment
- Conventional separators
- Stage and low-flow temperature separation
- Selection and operation of separators

HYDROGEN SULPHIDE SAFETY
- Properties of hydrogen sulphide
- Effects of water and carbon dioxide
- Toxicity of hydrogen sulphide
- Sweet and sour
- Chemical hazards regulation
- General safety regulations
- Insidious poison

HANDLING OF HYDROCARBON FLUIDS
- Fire triangle
- Loading and unloading
- Handling LPG
- Loading railway tank cars
- Storage

CONFINED SPACE ENTRY
- Potential hazards
- Regulations
- Planning and procedures

ISOLATION OF MECHANICAL AND ELECTRICAL EQUIPMENT

PLANT FIRE PROTECTION
- Fire pumps
- Water sources
- Fire mains
- System components
- Types of sprinkler systems

PROTECTION OF PRESSURE VESSELS FROM FIRE
- Bursting
- Protection
- Mobile tanks
- Safety

PORTABLE FIRE EXTINGUISHERS
- Extinguishers
- Types
- Inspection


INTRODUCTION TO STATIC ELECTRICITY
- Hazards
- Static buildup
- Static in liquids
- Bonding and grounding
- Humidity control
- Static in solids
- Static and steam

SAMPLING OF HYDROCARBONS
- Recommended guidelines for sampling
- Safety guidelines

HYDROCARBON AND GAS SAMPLING METHODS

HYDROCARBON LIQUID SAMPLING METHODS
- Comparison of liquid sampling methods
- Liquid sampling procedures

SAMPLING FOR VAPOUR PRESSURE OF LPG
- Summary of method
- Significance and use
- Apparatus
- Sampling and sample handling
- Procedure
- Calculation
- Report



Learning Outcomes:
Upon successful completion of this course, learners will be able to:

- Describe some of the underlying concepts and basic background of petroleum deposit occurrence, exploration and production methods
- Display relevant knowledge of oil and gas accumulation
- Describe drilling methods, techniques and equipment used
- Apply basic knowledge of land survey maps and flow diagrams
- Interpret flow diagrams
- Demonstrate basic technical knowledge about gas field operations and field and plant safety
- Display relevant knowledge of field operations, design and safety
- Display relevant knowledge of production problems and prevention
- Display relevant knowledge of gas line heating and separation procedures
- Describe separation procedures and equipment
- Demonstrate the handling of hydrocarbon fluids
- Describe the potential hazards and regulations of confined space entry
- Describe plant fire protection components and types of sprinkler systems
- Describe static electricity and identify the hazards posed in gas operations
- Demonstrate gas sampling methods



Knowledge:
Demonstrate a firm understanding of safety and plant practices

Attitudes:
Strong teamwork skills

Skills:
Troubleshooting skills

Technologies:
Demonstrate mechanical aptitude

Grading System:
Percentage

Passing Grade:
70%

Grading Weight:
Final Exam: 100 %


Percentage of Individual Work:
70

Percentage of Group Work:
30

Course Offered in Other Programs:
No

Additional Comments:
Students are required to sign and adhere to the Trades and Apprenticeship Safety and Attendance Policy.

If a student fails to obtain the pass mark on the final exam, the student will be allowed one supplementary exam. The successful completion of the supplementary exam would allow a student to pass with a grade no higher than 70%.


Supplies:
Textbooks and personal protective equipment (safety glasses, steel-toed boots, gloves, and fire retardant coveralls).



Keys to Success:
Attendance, class participation, maintaining a professional attitude, successful study habits, and receiving a minimum of 70% in the course.

Text Books:

Required - Province of BC, 2003, BC Safety Authority Act (Queen's Printer). Chapters Covered: All
Required - Pan Global, 2007, Pan Global ASME Academic Extract & Supplement (Pan Global). Chapters Covered: All
Required - Pan Global, 2007, Power Engineering 4th Class Workbook (Pan Global). Chapters Covered: All
Required - Pan Global, 2007, Power Power Engineering 4th Class Textbook (Pan Global). Chapters Covered: All
Required - SOLIS, 2007, PROP 210 Gas Process Operations Level A (SAIT). Chapters Covered: All
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