Hydrate Inhibition Fundamentals for Facilities Engineers - HIF - Virtual, Blended Short Course

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Professional Course
4 days

Course description

Hydrate Inhibition Fundamentals for Facilities Engineers - HIF - Virtual, Blended Short Course

This short course is from the industry-standard Gas Conditioning and Process course (G-4), known globally as the Campbell Gas Course.

Hydrates are solid ice-like compounds composed of light hydrocarbon molecules (plus CO2 and H2S) and water.

Hydrates in natural gas systems can form at very moderate temperatures well above the freezing point of water. Hydrate formation can be a significant problem in offshore wet (water-saturated) gas pipelines, onshore wet gas gathering systems, and natural gas conditioning and processing facilities. They can completely block a gathering system pipeline, and often form in processing equipment that can require a plant shutdown to mitigate the blockage.

Hydrate formation is a complex phenomenon which is a function of the operating temperature and pressure of the system, natural gas composition, fluid velocity, and time. Understanding the system hydrate formation temperature and hydrate inhibitor injection requirements are critical to preventing hydrate formation in wet natural gas systems.

This short course describes hydrates and explores conditions favoring hydrate formation. It also describes how to estimate the hydrate formation temperature of a natural gas stream, and provides methods to estimate hydrate inhibitor injection requirements. Participants will learn the key differences between low dosage hydrate inhibitors and thermodynamic inhibitors.

Who should attend?

Production and processing personnel involved with natural gas and associated liquids, to acquaint or reacquaint themselves with gas conditioning and processing unit operations.

This course is for facilities engineers, process engineers, senior operations personnel, field supervisors, and engineers who select, design, install, evaluate, or operate gas processing plants and related facilities.

These short courses are ideal for mid-career professionals that have experience in the industry and have been transferred to a new role or assignment.

They are also ideal for new engineers that need to get up to speed quickly on the primary principles of gas processing with a deep dive on the issues of the short course topics.

Training content

  • What Are Hydrates and How Are They Formed?
  • Hydrate Formation Temperature.
  • Preventing Hydrate Formation.
  • Low Dosage Inhibitors (optional).
  • Fundamentals of Hydrate Inhibition Lecture.
  • Self-Directed Problem Assignment.
  • Problem Debrief and Experience Round Table.

Certification / Credits

Participants will learn:

  • Conditions that result in hydrate formation
  • Methods to estimate hydrate formation temperatures and their limitations
  • Thermodynamic inhibitors and their pros and cons
  • LDHIs
  • Injection requirements for both gathering systems and for NGL extraction facilities

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