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Offshore Topsides Processing
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Offshore Topsides Processing

2-Day Training Course. This training will detail all the various components of topsides processing – their function, operation & equipment examples, & how these are integrated in the layout on the facility deck

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Key Learning Objectives

  • Understand the requirements for processing the fluids for the reservoir
  • Review of the processing specifications of the outgoing components
  • Understand the functions of the main topside processing system
  • Evaluate the criteria for setting the topsides layout for good operation and safety
  • Appreciate the interconnection of the performance requirements of the processing and utility components
  • Recognise the particular needs of plant operating on a moving deck if on a FPSO vessel
  • Learn from detailed examples of existing facility topsides

About the Course

The objective of offshore production facilities is to receive the reservoir fluids and to separate the oil and gas for export and prepare the produce water for disposal. This is carried out by the facilities topsides processing system.

In addition the processing system must carry out a number of other functions, such as preparation of water for injection into the field as part of a reservoir pressure maintenance plan and all the other utility system required by the overall processing system.

All these capabilities must be packaged into the modules which make up the topsides processing plant. The equipment must work safely and effectively under a range of conditions including start-up, continuous operations and the weather conditions at the field location.

The topsides processing requirements are common to fixed and floating systems. With floating production hosts some account has to be taken of the performance under the vessels motions.

In this new training course, all the various process modules will be detailed – their function, operation and equipment examples. It will show how these are integrated in the layout on the facility deck. It is illustrated mainly with FPSO process equipment, but is not limited to such systems.

A number of field examples will be presented to enhance learning.

Who Will Benefit

Anyone connected with the oil industry including management, field engineers, operators, equipment suppliers, safety engineers, shipping and maritime personnel


“Style, expertise, and broad knowledge… Very comprehensive course notes which are essential for a course of this level”
OHS Inspector, NOPSA

“Was presented with mixture of media used. Easy to stay engaged”
CEO, Otto Energy Ltd

Terms & Conditions

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Course Outline

Introduction to offshore production/processing systems

  • Introduction to offshore production systems
  • Development concepts
  • Reservoirs
  • Typical well fluids compositions
  • Export/disposal specifications
  • Overview of oil and gas processing facilities
  • Operation of plant under FPSO vessel operating conditions

Oil separation systems

  • Process flow diagram
  • Slug catchers
  • HP and LP separator vessels
  • Inter heater systems
  • Electrostatic coalescers
  • Oil storage

Gas compression and treatment systems

  • Process flow diagram
  • Gas compressors
  • Gas scrubbers
  • Gas coolers
  • Gas dehydration
  • Gas cleaning (amine treatments and mercury removal)

Produced water treatment systems

  • Process flow diagram
  • Oil removal – hydrocyclones
  • De-gassers

Water injection system

  • Process flow diagram
  • Seawater lift pumps
  • Filtration
  • Sterilisation
  • Sulphate removal
  • Dearation
  • Injection pumps

Produced gas system

  • What to do with the gas?
  • LPG separation
  • Gas lift
  • Power generation requirements
  • Gas reinjection
  • Floating LNG

FPSO power generation

  • Production host requirements
  • Gas turbine suppliers and range
  • Diesel generators

Other process functions

  • Cooling mediums
  • Fuel gas systems
  • Flare and vent systems
  • Diesel systems
  • Drains systems
  • Chemical injection system
  • Compressed air systems
  • Potable/fresh water systems
  • Inert gas systems
  • Fire water systems
  • VOC recovery systems

Equipment layout

  • Operational and safety requirements
  • Topsides process and utilities layout
  • Accommodation and helideck
  • Cranes and laydown areas
  • Drilling facilities
  • Examples

Summary of field production facilities

  • Platform or subsea wells
  • Subsea field – SPS equipment
  • Subsea field – URF equipment
  • Turret systems – FPSOs

Cargo export system

  • Oil export options
  • Export by tankers – close or distant offloading
  • Oil export metering
  • Export riser

FPSO field contract – with topsides equipment suppliers

  • FPSO hull – new build or tanker conversion
  • Topsides equipment and suppliers
  • SPS contract and suppliers
  • URF contract and suppliers
  • Export – calm buoy contract and suppliers

Offshore support vessels

  • Field installation vessels
  • Anchor handling, towing and supply vessels
  • Platform support vessels
  • Diving and ROV support vessels
  • Well services vessels

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Sushil Kunwar
Training Consultant
+61 (0)2 9080 4395

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