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PIPELINE OPERATIONS & MAINTENANCE

Overview:

Introduction:

Pipeline systems for the oil and gas industry play an important role in modern industrial operations. The purpose of this training course is to present the basic characteristics of efficient operation of pipelines in various engineering applications.

This training course will cover the interaction of pipelines with flow moving equipment, i.e. pumps and compressors, and technical characteristics of operation of pump and compressor stations.

The participants will be introduced to the main points of inspection and testing according to relevant API standards. They will also develop familiarity with methods of cleaning and other maintenance activities, including necessary repairs as prevention of failures

Course Objectives:

At the end of this course the participants will be able to:

  • Identify basic principles of safe operation & efficient maintenance of pipelines for various industrial applications
  • Develop deep understanding & familiarity with the practical aspects of operation and maintenance activities
  • Illustrate the concepts discussed and be provided with the necessary experience in applying them
  • Use & follow the guidelines & best industrial practices related to operation, control, inspection & testing of pipelines

Targeted Audience:

  • Process, chemical and mechanical engineers working in petrochemical and process industry, including oil refineries and gas production companies where operation and maintenance of pipelines are of high importance
  • The operation, technical service, and maintenance professionals from various processing plants involved in the everyday operation, control, inspection, and maintenance of pipelines
  • Engineers and consultants dealing with the planning of new production lines and retrofitting plants and introducing new technologies
  • Technical professionals responsible for the maintenance and repair of equipment

Course Outlines:

Unit 1: Overview of Technical Characteristics of Pipelines:

  • Selection & sizing of pipelines: flow rate, MAWP, pumping power: ASME B31.3
  • Selection of pipeline material and interaction with working fluid
  • Operation of pump and compressor stations
  • Pipeline flow control and measurements: custody transfer

Unit 2: Operation & Material Degradation:

  • Pipeline material aging: erosion, corrosion & stress corrosion cracking
  • Corrosion Direct Assessment: External (ECDA) and internal (ICDA) Methods
  • Cathodic protection, coating and other technologies: outer & inner surface
  • Metal loss inline inspection (ILI) and smart pigging (NDT) monitoring
  • Pipeline fatigue, cracks, seam defects, and ruptures

Unit 3: Operation & Safety Management:

  • Safety Instrumentation, Control Valves, and Other Safety Accessories
  • Transient operation and effects and water hammer
  • Pipeline failure prevention & root cause analysis
  • Leak detection methods (LDAR) and patrolling & surveillance: SCADA
  • Inspection (RBI), Hydrostatic test methodology

Unit 4: Maintenance Technologies:

  • Pipeline maintenance & cleaning technologies: pipeline reconditioning
  • Monitoring of pipeline vibrations and support integrity
  • Repair technologies: welding of composite sleeves and segment replacements
  • Maintenance of valves, fittings, and accessories
  • Valve repair: hot tapping, temporary plugging (stopple)

Unit 5: Testing & Monitoring in Operation:

  • Hydrostatic testing: allowable operating pressure and hydrostatic test pressure
  • Reliability and availability of pipelines in operation
  • Risk-based inspection (RBI)
  • Fitness for Service (FFS)
  • The estimate of remaining life of equipment

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