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Surface Production Facilities

Module Title Surface Production Facilities

Level 6
Reference No. EAX_6_291/PTRL29H02
(showing level)
Credit Value 10 credit points

Student Study Hours Contact hours: 22 lectures + 15 computer Lab

Student managed learning hours: 100
Pre-requisite learning -
Co-requisites -
Excluded combinations -
Module co-ordinator Dr.Atef Abd-ELhady
(Name + Email)
Faculty/Department Petroleum & Gas Technology Department
Short Description process engineering, dehydration, oil, NGL, LPG and LNG, minor
components, distillation, contaminant removal, storage and evacuation,
storage tanks, pipelines, subsea production system,
distribution network and terminals.
Aims The student will be able apply their understanding of oil and gas
processing operations to design optimal process for separation design,
dehydration, water treatment and evacuating crude oil and gas on both
land and offshore. The student will be able to asses the impact of
these technologies on petroleum production economics.
Learning Outcomes Knowledge and Understanding:
1. the overall process operation of oil and natural gas
processing, storage and transportation;
2. pipeline design and inspection
3. offshore production platforms;

Cognitive skills
4. design systems for oil and gas processing;
5. Propose suitable design for hydrocarbon-flow systems;
Practical Skills:
6. computational modelling of oil and gas processing, storage and
7. Selection of suitable processing operation for specific
production conditions.
Transferable Skills:
8. evaluate procedures to ensure successful and efficient
operations and modify plans for future markets in the gas
9. identify appropriate technologies to optimize economic
Employability To prepare student to get job and be professional graduate in
future, the development of one or more of top engineering skills,
namely problem solving, communication, management and
environment and economics, is addressed in this module.
Personal development planning is also one of our focuses in this

Teaching and learning

pattern 1. 22, 1h lectures. This method informs learning outcomes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5,

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2. 5, 3h computer laboratory sessions. This method informs learning
outcomes 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9.
Indicative content techniques of oil and natural gas processing;
task and responsibilities of process and facilities engineers;
process design: description of wellhead fluids, products
specification, process model, process flow schemes;
oil processing: separation, separation design, separator
types, dehydration and water treatment, de-oiling;
upstream gas processing: pressure reduction, gas
dehydration, heavy hydrocarbon removal, contaminant
removal, pressure evaluation (gas compression);
downstream gas processing: contaminant removal, natural
gas liquid recovery, liquid natural gas or liquid petroleum
facilities and production support system.
safety and environment pollution aspects , production
gathering stations;
equations of oil and gas flow in pipes and restrictions;
types of storage tanks; corrosion in tanks and preventive
actions; tank grades; tank battery
offshore production platforms; floating production systems
pipeline design and inspection; offshore loading; Distribution
network and terminals.
Impact of oil and gas transportation and storage on

Assessment Examination: A 180 minutes unseen

Elements & weightings written examination assesses learning
outcomes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. 70%
Course Work: 30% A mini design project
assessed through a technical report
(not to exceed 5000 words). This method
assesses learning outcomes 6, 7, 8, 9. 30%
Students must achieve (i) 40% for the total module mark
and (ii) at least 30% in the unseen examination and the
course work in order to achieve an overall passing mark
for this module.

Indicative Sources Ken Arnold and Maurice Stewart, "Surface Production

(Reading lists) Operations", Gulf Pub. Co.volume 1 &2 , ISBN: 0884158225
(c1998-c1999), ISBN: 978-0884158226 (1999).
William C., Ph.D. Lyons, "Standard Handbook of Petroleum and
Natural Gas Engineering - Volumes 1 and 2", Gulf Pub. Co.,
ISBN: 0884157636 and 0884157660 (2001)
Donald L. Katz and Robert L. Lee, "Natural Gas Engineering:
Production and Storage", McGraw-Hill Companies, ISBN:
0070333521 (1991-05)
Hussein K. Abdel-Aal, H. K. Abdel-Aal (Editor), Mohamed Aggour
(Editor) and M. A. Fahim (Editor), "Petroleum and Gas Field
Processing", Marcel Dekker, ISBN: 0824709624 (2003-07)
Thomas C. Frick and R. William Taylor, " Mathematics and
Production Equipment (Petroleum Production Handbook in 2
Volumes, Volume 1)",Society of Petroleum, ISBN: 0895202069

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