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POPR 013 - Gas Process Operations Level C
Course Details
Course Code:
POPR 013

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 C component reviews Plant Processes. Students will study gas plant components such as developments and types, process description and flows, and inlet separation, equipment and operations. Additionally, students will examine stabilization, sweetening, sulfur, dehydration, refrigeration, fractionation, and hydrocarbons.


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
POPR 011: Gas Process Operations Level A
POPR 012: Gas Process Operations Level B


Non-Course Pre-Requisites:
NONE

Co-Requisites:
NONE

Rearticulation Submission:
No

Course Content:
GAS PLANT – DEVELOPMENT AND TYPES
- Development
- Purposes
- Requirements
- Types

GAS PLANT – PROCESS DESCRIPTION
- Steam generating facilities
- Electrical generation facilities
- Water supply

GAS PLANT – PROCESS FLOWS
GAS PLANT – INLET SEPARATION
- Purpose
- Fittings and controls

GAS PLANT – INLET EQUIPMENT AND OPERATONS
- Equipment
- Starting procedures
- Operational suggestions
- Problems

CONDENSATE STABILIZATION
- Natural gasoline
- Stabilization processes

STABILIZATION EQUIPMENT
- Stabilization equipment
- Control equipment
- Process flows

STABILIZATION OPERATIONS
- Starting up the system
- Operating notes
- Operating suggestions
- Process problems
- Checking the process
- Condensate handling

SWEETENING PROCESSES
- Sweetening processes
- Liquid type sweetening processes

SWEETENING CHEMICALS
- Liquid type sweetening processes
- Solid type regenerative processes

SWEETENING EQUIPMENT
SWEETENING OPERATIONS
SULPHUR – INTRODUCTION
SULPHUR – CLAUS PROCESS
SULPHUR PROCESSING METHODS
- Straight-through process
- Split-flow process
- Other Claus designs
- Sulphur plant operating conditions

SULPHUR PROCESS CONTROL
SULPHUR PLANT OPERATIONS
DEHYDRATION – DEFINITIONS, TESTING
DEHYDRATION – CHEMICALS, LIQUID DESICCANTS
- Preventive dehydration processes
- Glycol processes

DEHYDRATION – GLYCOL EQUIPMENT AND OPERATION
- Glycol dehydration equipment
- Operating problems
- Advantages

DEHYDRATION – SOLID DESICCANTS
REFRIGERATION – EXTERNAL PROCESS
- Refrigeration systems
- Selecting a refrigeration system
- Single component propane refrigeration
- Cascade refrigeration

REFRIGERATION – CRYOGENIC PROCESS
- Expander applications

INTRODUCTION TO FRACTIONATION
- Terminology
- Simple distillation
- Fractional distillation

FRACTIONATION TOWER AND TRAY DESIGN
- Valve trays

FRACTIONATION EQUIPMENT
- Heating equipment
- Overhead product condensing

FRACTIONATION SYSTEMS
FRACTIONATION OPERATIONAL PROCEDURES
- Start-up

HYDROCARBON TREATING – CAUSTIC SYSTEMS
- Liquid hydrocarbon impurities
- Treating equipment
- Treating methods
- Unisol process
- Merox process

HYDROCARBON TREATING – MOLECULAR SIEVE PROCESS
- Molecular sieve process
- Operating cycles
- Advantages and disadvantages
- Precautions

HYDROCARBONS – STORAGE & LOADING
- Above ground storage tanks
- Underground storage tanks
- Washed caverns
- Loading facilities

SULPHUR PLANT TAIL GAS CLEANUP
- Objections to modernization of existing plants
- Tail gas desulphurization processes


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

- Describe the underlying concepts and basic background of some typical gas plant operations
- Demonstrate some basic knowledge about condensate stabilization, sweetening, sulphur recovery, dehydration, refrigeration, and fractionation processes
- Describe inlet separation and identify fittings and controls
- Demonstrate basic technical knowledge about stabilization operations and condensate handling
- Describe methods of hydrocarbon treating
- Describe methods of hydrocarbon storage and loading


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 Textbook (Pan Global). Chapters Covered: All
Required - Pan Global, 2007, Power Engineering 4th Class Workbook (Pan Global). Chapters Covered: All
Required - SOLIS, 2007, PROP 230 Gas Process Operations Level C (SAIT). Chapters Covered: All
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