Surface Equipment Facilities

An Interactive 5 - Day Training Course

Surface Equipment Facilities

Surface Operations and Equipment Troubleshooting

Classroom Dates
18 - 22 Nov 2024
Online Dates
18 - 22 Nov 2024

This Surface Equipment Facilities training course will provide a comprehensive overview of all typical oilfield treating and processing equipment. Participants will learn not only the purpose of each piece of equipment but how each works. Emphasis will be on gaining a detailed understanding of the facilities and the working principles of all types of surface facilities equipment. Through this training course, participants will learn how to operate and control the surface facilities production equipment and processes efficiently and safely.

The Energy Training Centre training course provides both theoretical and practical knowledge and skills highlighting:

  • Technology of the main surface production equipment
  • The major design guidelines of each equipment
  • Equipment common operating parameters & controls
  • Equipment common troubleshooting
  • Equipment startup/shutdown from/to different modes (Vessel start-up after major maintenance job, power failure, stand by, different ESD levels)
  • Related codes & standards for each equipment
  • How to maintain the efficient operation of surface production equipment considering safety as the prime consideration

By the end of this Surface Equipment Facilities training course participants will be able to:

  • Identify the main surface facilities equipment, different types, application, selection criteria, the instrument & control devices used, the protection & safety devices installed
  • Understand the working principles of each equipment
  • Describe the operating context to maximize the equipment reliability and mitigate failure
  • Describe the range of application of different types and categories
  • Be familiar with common faults and its remedies
  • Acquire knowledge on plant equipment operations and troubleshooting
  • Review the operational systems, checklists and procedures adopted for process plant equipment commissioning and startup
  • Anticipate and avoid all problems associated with oil and gas process plant equipment start-up/shutdown and operate process plants with safety as the prime consideration
  • Be fully aware with the equipment used to process and transport produced oil, gas, and water including separators, heater-treaters, tanks, gas dehydration and sour gas sweetening systems, equipment used to clarify produced water, pumps, compressors, and heat exchange equipment
  • Understand the effects of produced fluid compositions (oil/gas/water) on facility equipment selection and operation

This Surface Equipment Facilities training course will be delivered by an extensively interactive training methods, encouraging attendants to share their own questions and experiences and apply the course material to real-life work case studies. The attendants will also be encouraged to raise more of their own questions and to share developing the right answers using their own analysis and experience. Training course material through power point equipped with necessary animation, learning videos, and general discussion to provide participants with full understanding concerning the subject course will be provided.

  • 40% Presentation
  • 25% Group & Individual Exercises
  • 20% Case Studies
  • 15% Active Movies and Videos

This training course will guide the participates to understand the key concepts and techniques for the surface production equipment. These key concepts can be utilized to maintain the safe and efficient operation of the whole surface production processing facilities.

This Surface Equipment Facilities training course will emphasize the safe utilization of these equipment by operations and maintenance personnel, and equipment troubleshooting techniques.

By attending this training course, you will be able to:

  • Grasp fundamentals of Oil & Gas surface production techniques
  • Explain operating principles and conditions of oil, water, and gas treatment
  • Acquire details of main equipment of surface production equipment
  • Understand how to maintain the efficient operation of surface production facilities considering safety as the prime consideration

This Surface Equipment Facilities training course is suitable for a wide range of professionals but will greatly benefit:

  • Production Engineers
  • Process Engineers
  • Operation Engineers
  • Operation Staff
  • Technical Supervisory Staff

Day One: Overview of Oil and Gas Surface Production Facilities 

  • Introduction
    • Production Fluid Properties and Hydrocarbon Properties
    • Qualitative phase behavior and reservoirs
    • Typical sales/disposal specifications
    • Different Process Facility Configurations
    • Flowlines, piping and gathering systems
    • Static Equipment
  • Separators
    • Principles of Separation
    • Separator Application
    • Separators Classification
    • Stage Separation
    • Separators Sizing
    • Separators Operation and Troubleshooting
  • Heat Exchangers and Coolers
    • Types of heat exchangers 
    • Basic concepts of heat exchangers construction
    • Operation and troubleshooting
  • Storage Tanks
    • General considerations
    • Design, selection, operation and troubleshooting

Day Two: Oil Treatment 

  • Oil Dehydration/Desalting
    • Emulsions
    • Emulsifying Agents
    • Emulsion Terminology
  • Treatment Equipment
    • Electrical Desalting of Crude Oils
    • Desalters
    • Heatertreaters (horizontal & vertical)
    • Electrostatic heatertreaters
    • Gumbarrels
    • Wash tanks

Day Three: Gas Conditioning and Processing

  • Overview of Gas Conditioning and Processing
    • Gas composition and sales gas specifications
    • Gas Dehydration Systems
    • Gas Sweetening Systems
    • NGL Recovery and Fractionation
  • Distillation and Fractionation Towers
    • Trayed and Packed columns design and operation
    • Operating columns in fouling service
    • Tower operation and troubleshooting

Day Four: Rotating Equipment

  • Compressors
    • Gas compression system
    • General considerations
    • Compressor system design and selection
    • Operation and troubleshooting
  •  Pumps
    • General considerations
    • Pump system design, selection, operation and troubleshooting
    • Examples and Case Studies
  • Gas Turbines
    • General considerations
    • System design, selection, operation and troubleshooting

Day Five: Design and Operation of Flare System

  • Safety implications and causes of overpressure
  • Overpressure protection principles
  • Swiss-cheese model
  • Relieving capacity determination
  • Selection and sizing of relieving devices
  • Flare types
  • Flare Design
  • Flare operation and controlling emissions
  • Zero flaring concept

We offer two main training formats to cater to different preferences and needs: 

  • Classroom Training Delivery – Our traditional classroom-based training courses provide a face-to-face learning experience with subject matter experts. You’ll benefit form in-person interactions, hands-on exercises, and a structured classroom environment.
  • Online Training Delivery – We also offer convenient live/online training courses that you can access from anywhere with a stable internet connection. These courses provided flexibility and allow you to learn anywhere, making them suitable for busy schedules or remote learning.

The Energy Training Centre Certificate of Completion with corresponding learning hours who has successfully completed the training course.

Yes, we provide assistance by issuing a Letter of Invitation stating that you are confirmed to attend our training.

We value transparency and are happy to provide our instructor’s profiles upon request. If you would like to learn more about our instructor’s’ qualifications, expertise, and experiences, please email us at

Yes, we do. We provide tailored training courses designed to meet the specific requirement of larger group of individuals. These customized training courses can be conducted both classroom and online formats, allowing you the flexibility to choose you preferred dates and duration.

Please contact us at to discuss your group’s training needs, and we’ll work with you to create a personalized training course that aligns with your objectives.

We have multiple international training venues. You may find this through our website link: 

Our training courses are held at our partnered hotels within the city included within our training

Yes, here are the following options we can offer to assist you:

  • Corporate Discount – We can extend our corporate discount to participants staying at the same hotel, if we have any. Please enquire about the availability of this discount when you register for the training course.
  • Nearby Hotel Suggestions – If you prefer other accommodations, we can provide a list of nearby hotels to suit your needs and budget.

Feel free to go through hotel booking platforms on the internet to find the most cost-effective for you.

No, we do not provide job placement services after the training course. However, we are confident that our training course equips you with the necessary tools and knowledge to enhance you career prospects and promote career growth. Our training course are designed to empower you with valuable skills and expertise to excel in your chosen field.

  • Tuition fee for a 5-day training course
  • Provision of a world-class subject matter expert to deliver this training
  • Meeting at a hotel venue corresponding to your chosen session
  • Welcome food and drinks, AM / PM snack, and Lunch
  • Digital course materials (e-Tablet)
  • Course completion certificates
  • Designing and administration of Pre-& Post Course Assessments
  • Preparation of participant’s Performance and Appraisal Report, if required
  • Issuance of Letter of Invitation for delegates needed visa processing, if required
  • Tuition fee for a 5-day online training course
  • Provision of a world-class subject matter expert to deliver this training through live/virtual delivery
  • An electronic copy of the training manual and relevant hand-outs
  • Issuance of The Energy Training Centre e-Certificate of Completion
  • Administration of Pre-& Post Workshop Assessments
  • Link access of online platform acceptable to both parties

Certainly, we do provide corporate rates tailored for organizations seeking to enrol multiple employees in our training programs. To facilitate this, we encourage you to make a formal request via email addressed to We’ll be delighted to discuss and offer a suitable arrangement for your corporate needs.

Yes, special discounts are available upon request if you have more than one registrant for a course. For further information please email us at

We offer two convenient payment options:

  • Bank Transfer – You can make payment via bank transfer. Once your registration is confirmed, you will receive an invoice with the banking details for the transfer. We would require you to supply a swift copy for us to confirm receipt of funds.
  • Payment Link – Alternatively, we provide a secure payment link that you can use to complete your payment after your registration has been confirmed.

Upon receipt of your registration details sent via email at, we will send you the following by e-mail within 24-48 hours of registration.

  • Joining Instructions
  • Invoice/receipt (where appropriate)

 If you register online, you will receive an e-mail on the same day confirming your registration.

There are two convenient options to register for a training course:

  • Online Registration Form – Register for your desired training course by completing the online registration form available on our website. Simple click on the registration button or select your preferred dates and provide the requested information.
  • Email Registration – You can email us your intention to register at Our team will guide you through the registration process and provide assistance you may need.

Yes, we do allow registration transfers in the event that you are unable to attend the training course. To initiate a transfer, please send us an official email requesting the change. We’ll guide you through the transfer process and ensure a smooth transition of your registration to another eligible participant.

Our training course sessions are scheduled and posted on our website for your convenience. However, we understand that there may be specific requirement for your group. If you have a preferred venue and specific training dates in mind, please feel free to propose them to us by clicking on the button “Propose you preferred location & date” of your preferred training course.

Our course timings slightly vary between the cities we offer our training courses. Please let us know of your preferred course and session (dates/venue) through email at Alternatively, you may call/WhatsApp us at +971 50 746 0956.

We understand that time zones may be different between our Senior Consultants and our delegates. Our standard online course timings (11:00 AM to 4:00 PM, GMT+4 – Dubai, UAE) may be adjusted upon confirming the programme. Our team shall communicate between the confirmed registered delegates and suggested a suitable course timing for all.

Our standard course duration for our classroom programmes is 6 hours per day while our online session is 5 hours per day.

Our training programmes are designed to be concise yet comprehensive, focusing on professional development. The duration varies based on the specific course content and objectives – we normally offer programmes between 5 – 10 days. However, our emphasis lies in delivering interactive and engaging sessions that prioritize depth of learning within a condensed timeframe. This approach ensures participants acquire substantial knowledge and skills efficiently.

We have been assessed by TUV Rheinland Middle East FZE and comply with Quality Management System standards – ISO 9001:2015 and ISO 29993:2017, ensuring a commitment to quality and excellence in our operations and services.

Our training courses span across diverse industries, encompassing sectors such as but not limited to:

  • Power & Utilities
  • Oil & Gas
  • Financial Institutions
  • Government and Regulatory bodies
  • Manufacturing & Production Industry

Our commitment lies in continuously refining and expanding our training course offerings to align with evolving industry landscapes. We encourage individuals to explore our website or engage with our dedicated support team for the latest information on available courses, ensuring access to the most pertinent and current educational resources.

Yes, Energy Training Centre is an ILM Recognised Provider (ID# 002398B), authorized to register learners and offer training courses recognized by ILM. Participants seeking ILM Recognised Certification would need to complete an assessment post the ILM Recognised courses. ILM is a renowned provider of leadership and management qualifications, part of the City and Guilds Group. Additionally, our company is a CPD Certified Training Company, ensuring our commitment to continuous professional development standards.