Petroleum Recovery & Production Methods


  2. A. Course Title: Petroleum Recovery & Production Methods
    B. Course Number: ENGT 213E - 30559
    C. Semester: Fall 2017
    D. Days/Time: Online
    E. Credit Hours: 3
    F. Instructor: LaCount, Zach
    G. Office: none
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    K. Time Zone: Mountain Time
    L. Prerequisite(s):
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    N. Class Location: Virtual

    3 Credit Hours This course introduces students to the equipment and processes used to produce oil and gas. Topics covered will include wellheads, pumping units, flowlines, valves, piping manifolds, separators, heater treaters, stock tanks, central tank batteries, pumps, and metering. This course covers unique problems during oil and gas production and important solutions to these challenges.




    Oil and Gas: The Production Story, Second Edition, Debby Denehy, The University of Texas at Austin


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    • Become familiar with basic methods of artificial lift and why they are necessary.
    • Understand the basic elements of oilfield production facilities and how they work together.
    • Understand how to calculate produced fluid volumes and how they are measured and accounted for.
    • Be able to explain the steps of the oilfield production process and what order they occur in.


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    Week 1: October 16 to October 20
    Module 1: Introduction to Production Operations
    Read Chapters 1, 2, 5, 6, & 7 – Oil and Gas: The Production Story
    Watch Oilfield Terms and Acronym Search Presentation (
    Discussion (15 points): What is your previous oilfield production experience/what do you hope to get out of this class?
    Quiz (15 points): Oilfield Terms and Acronyms

    Week 2: October 23 to October 27
    Module 2: Artificial Lift Methods and Selection
    Watch Artificial Lift Methods Presentation
    Read Chapter 8 – Oil and Gas: The Production Story
    Read Online Article – Artificial Lift Selection Methods
    Homework (20 points): What lift method would you choose?

    Week 3: October 30 to November 3
    Module 3: Sucker Rod Pumping Controls and Design
    Read Online Article – Downhole Sucker-Rod Pumps
    Read Online Article – Operation of Sucker-Rod Lift Systems
    Watch You Tube Videos – Theta Oilfield Services: Rod Pump Animation
    Watch You Tube Videos – Theta Oilfield Services: Rod Rump Controllers Part 1-5
    Review – API Rod Pump Design Chart & Downhole Pump Card Chart
    Homework (20 points): Basic Rod Pump design considerations and operations.

    Week 4: November 6 to November 10
    Module 4: ESP Controls and Design
    Read Online Article – Electrical Submersible Pumps
    Read Online Article – ESP Centrifugal Pump
    Read Online Article – ESP Motors
    Read Online Article – ESP Power Cable
    Read Online Article – Seal Chamber Section
    Read Online Article – ESP Surface Motor Controllers
    Homework (20 points): Basic ESP design considerations and operations.
    Quiz (15 points): Artificial Lift

    Week 5: November 13 to November 17
    Module 5: Facility Design and Operations
    Read Chapter 10 – Oil and Gas: The Production Story
    Read Online Article – Oil Facilities
    Read Online Article – Tank Battery
    Read Online Article – Oil Storage
    Homework (20 points): Basic Facility Design and Operations.

    Week 6: November 20 to November 24
    Module 6: Facility Design and Operations
    Discussion (15 points): Your perfect field and facility/how is class going?

    Week 7: November 27 to December 1
    Module 7: Well Testing and Measurement
    Read Chapters 11-12 – Oil and Gas: The Production Story
    Watch Tank Volume Calculation Presentation
    Homework (20 points): Measuring Fluids and Gases?
    Quiz (15 points): Facilities

    Week 8: December 4 to December 8
    Module 8: Workover Operations and Production Chemicals
    Watch Workover Presentation
    Watch Production Chemical and Failure Analysis Presentation
    Homework (20 points): Failure Analysis and Workovers

    Finals: December 11 to December 13
    FINAL (100 points): Comprehensive