It emphasizes the physical and chemical properties of natural gas; phase behaviour; vapour-liquid equilibrium data and computations; water-hydrocarbon systems; flow of gas and gas-liquid mixtures; mass transfer operations applied to separation of gaseous mixtures; heat transfer in gas processing; fluid mechanics principles in gas processing; chemical kinetic aspects; engineering principles used in production of natural gas and its associated liquids.
Part 2 provides a detailed review of design and operations criteria encountered in the transportation and processing of natural gas; product specifications, three-phase separation, gas sweetening, dehydration and hydrocarbon dew point control, refrigeration and compression, LPG recovery, cryogenics, sulphur recovery, acid gas injection, plant utility systems, and LNG production.
- Understand the behaviour of natural gas and how it is processed;
- Be capable of making engineering calculations to quantify requirements for processing and transporting natural gas;
- Use engineering principles to solve natural gas processing problems;
- Implement a variety of gas treating processes and discuss the merits and the applicability of each process;
- Develop block flow and process flow diagrams for gas treating units including energy and material balances;
- Perform design calculations to size processing equipment; and
- Develop an appreciation for the steps required to produce mechanical flow diagrams and detailed equipment designs from process data.
- Introduction and energy outlook
- Treating and requirements and block diagrams
- Phase envelope and flash calculations
- Water-hydrocarbon system, gas hydrates
- Inlet separation
- Gas sweetening, absorption
- Gas sweetening, absorber details, and regeneration
- Dehydration and dew point control
This course combines both fundamentals and technologies of natural gas processing that are highly sought after by government and industry.
New engineering graduates and technologists who need to develop an understanding of natural gas processing principles; professionals who have been working in industry but are new to natural gas processing; or professionals who are familiar with natural gas processing, but are unfamiliar with the fundamental aspects of the gas processing that can be used to improve plant design and optimize plant profitability.
Associate Professor, Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering, University of Calgary
Dr. Nassar is an associate professor in the Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering, University of Calgary. He leads a large research group focusing on nanotechnology and its applications in energy and the environment, including enhanced heavy oil upgrading and recovery, inhibition of asphaltene formation damage, asphaltene gasification, natural gas process optimization, sweetening and conditioning, small-scale LNG, oil spillage remediation, and produced and wastewater treatment. He published more than 100 peer-reviewed technical papers, 150 refereed conference abstracts, one book, 7 book chapters, and filed 4 patents.
He has presented his work to many national and international audiences and has collaborated with academic research groups in Colombia, Mexico, India, Qatar, Spain, Brazil, Iran, and USA. His expertise is in demand: he is an associate editor for the journal of Natural Gas Science and Engineering published by Elsevier and has served as a reviewer of more than 100 international journals in science and engineering, as an expert for a US patent, and as reviewer for proposals to NSERC, American Chemical Society Petroleum Research Fund (ACS PRF), MITACS, Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation, AAAS Research Competitiveness Program/the King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST), National Centre of Science and Technology Evaluation-Ministry of Education and Science-Republic of Kazakhstan, National Science Centre (Poland) and the American University at Sharjah. He has also chaired sessions and served on organizing committees for 11 conferences and delivered a number of invited talks at the national and international levels.
Dr. Nassar received over 40 international and national prestigious awards for his technical, innovation, academia, and society in recognition to his dedication and commitment to teaching and research. He taught more than 25 undergraduate- and graduate-level courses and has won several teaching and supervision awards, including Outstanding Teaching Performance (trice), Teaching Excellence Award, Great Supervisor Award, Innovation Development Award, Early Research Excellence Award, APEGA Early Accomplishment Award, and Emerging Leader in Chemical Engineering Award. He also was nominated for 10 other awards at the University of Calgary. Dr. Nassar has received several research grants from Canadian and international funding agencies as well as numerous industrial funding from the United States, Middle East, and Mexico, and granting agencies and prestigious international engineering and technology publications routinely call him up for expert reviews.
Dr. Nassar is a professional member of APEGA, and he strongly believes that the health of our environment and the development of our technology go hand-in-hand.