Module Title:   Upstream Production and Refinery Operations

Module Credit:   20

Module Code:   ENG4127D

Academic Year:   2015/6

Teaching Period:   Semester 2

Module Occurrence:   A

Module Level:   FHEQ Level 7

Module Type:   Standard module

Provider:   Engineering

Related Department/Subject Area:   School of Engineering

Principal Co-ordinator:   Professor Dr.-Ing. Harvey Arellano-Garcia

Additional Tutor(s):   -

Prerequisite(s):   None

Corequisite(s):   None

Aims:
This course will focus on design and operation of upstream petroleum and refinery processes i.e. well fluid receiving processes (three-phase separators, etc.), crude oil stabilization, natural gas treatment and processing, desalting, distillation (atmospheric and vacuum), alkylation, catalytic reforming, cracking, coking, desulfurization, blending, and produced water treatment.
The objective is to provide the students with expert level knowledge of upstream petroleum and refining processes synthesis, simulation and design.

Learning Teaching & Assessment Strategy:
The module is delivered through a series of lectures, supported by appropriate case study material as necessary.
Lectures are supported with tutorial sessions, which promote teamwork, development of oral presentation and ICT skills, e-learning, peer feedback and self-learning.
Learning outcomes are assessed by formal examination and coursework.

Lectures:   24.00          Directed Study:   150.00           
Seminars/Tutorials:   24.00          Other:   0.00           
Laboratory/Practical:   0.00          Formal Exams:   2.00          Total:   200.00

On successful completion of this module you will be able to...

Explain the reason of selection of any single process in the PFD (process flow diagram) regarding a given well fluid and/or crude oil quality.

On successful completion of this module you will be able to...

Synthesize the right process configurations for any given well fluid and crude oil quality and also simulate/design the entire upstream petroleum and refining processes with the given product quality constraints as well as HSE (health, safety and environment) concerns.

On successful completion of this module you will be able to...

Apply assumptions to complex problems in order to gain useful design information individually and in a team and to present clear procedures for a given design problem.

  Coursework   30%
 
  Written report of 2000 words on a petroleum related topic to include figures
  Examination - closed book 2.00 70%
 
  Closed Book Examinaiton
  Examination - closed book 2.00 100%
 
  Supplementary Assessment - closed book examination

Outline Syllabus:
Onshore/offshore oil recovery, well-field processing, three-phase separation, crude oil stabilization, gas sweetening, gas dehydration, other gas processing processes, water treatment processes, environmental constraints of processes, crude oil desalting, distillation (atmospheric and vacuum), alkylation, catalytic reforming, cracking, coking, desulfurization, blending, heat exchanger network for energy recovery, FCC. Products discharge or exports to market. For the given courseworks, the students will carry out detailed simulation using ASPEN and/or gPROMS.

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