Propane Refrigeration Fundamentals for Facilities Engineers - FPR - Virtual, Blended Short Course

Training overview
Professional Course
4 days

Course description

Propane Refrigeration Fundamentals for Facilities Engineers - FPR - 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.

Propane refrigeration is likely the most important utility system in refrigeration NGL extraction plants, and in rich gas turbo-expander facilities.

The propane refrigeration system is often times the limiting utility that prevents a facility from maintaining design flow rates during periods of hot ambient conditions. The reason being is that often the refrigeration systems undersized for the hottest ambient conditions that a facility may experience during the summer time. If there is inadequate cooling available, the plant cannot maintain sales gas specifications due to excess heavy hydrocarbons present in the sales gas or because the plant cannot achieve the required hydrocarbon liquid recoveries in the NGL stream.

An undersized propane refrigeration system can cost a gas conditioning and processing facility significant revenue losses as a result of the plant having to operate at turned down conditions to fit within the cooling capacity of the refrigeration system.

This short course covers the basics of refrigeration systems, and builds up to the fundamental knowledge that is required for propane refrigeration system sizing, analysis and troubleshooting.

The self-paced online modules cover:

  • Applications of Refrigeration Systems;
  • Simple Refrigeration Systems;
  • Operation of Refrigeration Systems;
  • Economizers in Mechanical Refrigeration Systems.

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

Primary course content:

  • Application of Refrigeration Systems
  • Simple Refrigeration Systems
  • Operation of Refrigeration Systems
  • Economizers in Mechanical Refrigeration Systems
  • Fundamentals of Propane Refrigeration Lecture
  • Self-Directed Problem Assignment
  • Problem Debrief and Experience Round Table.

Optional content:

  • Factors in Selecting Refrigerants and Cascade Refrigeration.

Certification / Credits

  • Common applications for refrigeration systems in oil and gas processing.
  • The basic principles of mechanical refrigeration systems.
  • Operation of mechanical refrigeration systems.
  • How to estimate the size of a simple refrigeration system.
  • How to estimate the size of a refrigeration system with an economizer.
  • Common operating problems and solutions.

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