Non-Technical Overview: LNG

Engineers learn theory and operators learn from experience, but how do we ensure both theory and experience are combined to full advantage? Our experience of trouble shooting operational problems and training operators leads us to believe that the time is not always taken to familiarise operators with the fundamentals of science, process control and their application to day to day operations.

This course has been prepared to give a practical understanding from the fundamentals of science up to the various LNG processes, combined with modern control systems and the pursuit of optimum performance.

This is an intensive two week course which relies heavily on the use of many computer simulation practical examples to explore engineering fundamentals, control and optimisation.

The course has been delivered numerous times to LNG operating personnel to rave reviews. It would seem operators like to have answers to the many questions they have not understood, and the longer their experience the more questions they have. Believe it or not the duration has never been an issue and compared to the length of a formal education the investment appears to be considered exceptionally worthwhile.

Course Description

Engineers learn theory and operators learn from experience, but how do we ensure both theory and experience are combined to full advantage? Our experience of trouble shooting operational problems and training operators leads us to believe that the time is not always taken to familiarise operators with the fundamentals of science, process control and their application to day to day operations.

This course has been prepared to give a practical understanding from the fundamentals of science up to the various LNG processes, combined with modern control systems and the pursuit of optimum performance.

This is an intensive two week course which relies heavily on the use of many computer simulation practical examples to explore engineering fundamentals, control and optimisation.

The course has been delivered numerous times to LNG operating personnel to rave reviews. It would seem operators like to have answers to the many questions they have not understood, and the longer their experience the more questions they have. Believe it or not the duration has never been an issue and compared to the length of a formal education the investment appears to be considered exceptionally worthwhile.

Course Objectives

As with all our courses we teach fundamentals enabling the delegate to understand the basic principles of operation, not theoretically as in a technical education, but practically from a real world operational point of view.

Most importantly the participants will understand enough physics and chemistry to understand fluid flow, heat transfer, mass transfer and process control. They will also understand how control regulates the performance of a unit operation, and the fundamentals of each unit operation as applied to LNG.

From an understanding of the physics, delegates will understand phenomena such as centrifugal compressor surge, pump cavitation, hogging, thermal stress and the difference between feedback and feedforward control.

This thorough understanding will then equip the delegate to appreciate common operating problems, their causes and their solutions.

Course Leader

Howard Thomas has a particular passion for Operational Excellence, which he believes has to be complemented by the competency of individuals. He developed these beliefs through a combination of direct industry operations experience with Dow Chemicals as a technician and with Exxon Chemicals as an engineer, and subsequently working with numerous consultancy and training clients all over the world.

He believes a sense of ownership and belief that you can make a difference in the organisation is essential to excellence, and that in turn inspires the pursuit of skills and tools mastery.

Howard is a highly sought after technical training specialist with twenty years of direct training experience during a thirty year career.

Course Schedule

DAY 1

TIME EVENT NOTES
8.30am Meet & Greet Tea & Coffee
Introduction: LNG Industry
10.00am Break Morning Tea
Introduction: LNG Process Overviews
12.00pm Break Lunch
Fundamentals: Process Safety
2.00pm Break Afternoon Tea
Fundamentals: Safety Systems
5.00pm Close out day 1

DAY 2

TIME EVENT NOTES
8.30am Meet & Greet Tea & Coffee
Demystifying Theory: Physics
10.00am Break Morning Tea
Demystifying Theory: Chemistry
12.00pm Break Lunch
Fundamentals: Explosions
2.00pm Break Afternoon Tea
Fundamentals: Hazardous Areas
5.00pm Close out day 2

DAY 3

TIME EVENT NOTES
8.30am Meet & Greet Tea & Coffee
Unit Operations: Refrigeration
10.00am Break Morning Tea
Fundamentals: Cryogenics
12.00pm Break Lunch
Unit Operations: Nitrogen Removal
2.00pm Break Afternoon Tea
Fundamentals: Fire and Gas Systems
5.00pm Close out day 3

DAY 4

TIME EVENT NOTES
8.30am Meet & Greet Tea & Coffee
Fundamentals: Emissions
10.00am Break Morning Tea
Fundamentals: Measurement (Instrumentation)
12.00pm Break Lunch
Unit Operations: Separation
2.00pm Break Afternoon Tea
Unit Operations: Dehydration
5.00pm Close out day 4

DAY 5

TIME EVENT NOTES
8.30am Meet & Greet Tea & Coffee
Unit Operations: Distillation (NGL Removal)
10.00am Break Morning Tea
Unit Operations: Absorption (CO2, H2S Removal)
12.00pm Break Lunch
Unit Operations: Centrifugal Compression
2.00pm Break Afternoon Tea
Unit Operations: Reciprocating Compression
5.00pm Close out day 5

DAY 6

TIME EVENT NOTES
8.30am Meet & Greet Tea & Coffee
Unit Operations: Screw Compression
10.00am Break Morning Tea
Unit Operations: Centrifugal Pumps
12.00pm Break Lunch
Unit Operations: Positive Displacement Pumps
2.00pm Break Afternoon Tea
Unit Operations: Gas Turbines
5.00pm Close out day 6

DAY 7

TIME EVENT NOTES
8.30am Meet & Greet Tea & Coffee
Unit Operations: Turboexpanders
10.00am Break Morning Tea
Utilities: Power Generation, Distribution and Electrical Motors
12.00pm Break Lunch
Utilities: Fired Heaters
2.00pm Break Afternoon Tea
Utilities: Heat Exchangers and WHRU
5.00pm Close out day 7

DAY 8

TIME EVENT NOTES
8.30am Meet & Greet Tea & Coffee
Utilities: Flare
10.00am Break Morning Tea
Utilities: Cooling
12.00pm Break Lunch
Utilities: Instrument Air
2.00pm Break Afternoon Tea
Utilities: Chemicals
5.00pm Close out day 8

DAY 9

TIME EVENT NOTES
8.30am Meet & Greet Tea & Coffee
Utilities: Water Treatment
10.00am Break Morning Tea
Utilities: Effluent Treatment
12.00pm Break Lunch
Fundamentals: Ship Loading
2.00pm Break Afternoon Tea
Fundamentals: Marine
5.00pm Close out day 9

DAY 10

TIME EVENT NOTES
8.30am Meet & Greet Tea & Coffee
Fundamentals: Process Control
10.00am Break Morning Tea
Fundamentals: Control Hardware
12.00pm Break Lunch
Fundamentals: Complex Anti Surge
2.00pm Break Afternoon Tea
Summary
5.00pm Close out day 10