By - Jon Brown

Fundamentals of Hydrocarbon Measurement
April 2-3, 2019 | Denver, CO

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Overview

The measurement of crude oil, natural gas, and many other hydrocarbons is at the heart of all fiscal oil and gas industry transactions. Even the slightest discrepancy in measurement can affect revenue, jeopardize contracts, create noncompliance issues, and even result in litigation, all of which costs time and money. It is imperative that professionals throughout the affected industry organizations, including managers, marketers, engineers, accountants, technicians, volume processing analysts, and legal professionals, understand the fundamental issues relating to hydrocarbon measurement and know how to establish best practices in today’s changing energy industry.

Attendees of this course will receive instruction in the measurement of natural gas, gas liquids, and crude oil from the ground up, beginning with molecular behavior and continuing with discussions about industry measurement standards, the measurement processes, flow meter types and their use, flow computers, flow measurement station design, measurement language in contracts, and many other topics. In addition, attendees will walk away with an understanding of the entire measurement processes of natural gas, gas liquids, and crude oil, from composition analysis and dynamic metering to data handling, editing and measurement auditing. The intent is that participants will be able to apply the information learned the first day they return to their jobs.

Learning Outcomes

  • Discuss the physical properties of hydrocarbon gases and liquids, how they are metered, sampled, and tested
  • Explain the working principles and requirements for oil and gas measurement process
  • Discuss the basics of tank gauging and compare the many different types of tanks used for crude oil, gas liquids, LNG, and NGL
  • Review liquid and natural gas measurement standards for custody transfer and non-custody-transfer measurement and the organizations and people who write them
  • Illustrate and differentiate Flow meter types, styles, and general designs including linear, square-root, volumetric, mass flow, velocity, ultrasonic, and coriolis
  • Analyze measurement data handling, editing, auditing, and troubleshooting
  • Explain Flow meter flow calibration, inspection, and required documentation
  • Discuss Liquid flow calculations including standard conditions and pressure, volume, and temperature corrections
  • Explain Flow meter station fabrication, inspection, required documentation, operation and maintenance

Credits

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EUCI has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).  In obtaining this accreditation, EUCI has demonstrated that it  complies with the ANSI/IACET Standard which is recognized internationally as a standard of good practice. As a result of their Authorized Provider status, EUCI is authorized to offer IACET CEUs for its programs that qualify under the ANSI/IACET Standard.

EUCI is authorized by IACET to offer 1.5 CEUs for this event.

 

Instructional Methods:

PowerPoint presentation and classroom discussion, followed by assessments

Requirements for Successful Completion of Program:

Participants must sign in/out each day and be in attendance for the entirety of the course to be eligible for continuing education credit.

Agenda

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

8:00 – 8:30 a.m. :: Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. :: Course Timing

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. :: Group Luncheon

Morning Session


Measurement Overview – Natural Gas, Gas Liquids, and Crude Oil

  • Hydrocarbons defined and why we measure them
  • How gases and liquids are different, and why
  • Gas and liquid phase concepts
  • Liquid and gas behavior – similarities and differences
  • Metering and measurement – not the same thing
  • The measurement “processes” in the oil and gas industry
  • Liquid and natural gas measurement standards for custody transfer and non-custody-transfer measurement and the organizations and people who write them (API, AGA, GPA, DOI, BLM, various state agencies)
  • Measurement language in contracts and other legal agreements
  • The concepts of flow and flow rate (mass and volume)
  • Composition determination (sampling and analyzing)

Afternoon Session


Measurement Overview – Natural Gas, Gas Liquids, and Crude Oil (Continued)

  • Temperature and pressure affect (PVT concepts for liquids and gases)
  • Mass and volume
  • Relative density and API gravity
  • Flow meter types, styles, and general designs including linear, square-root, volumetric, mass flow, velocity, ultrasonic, and Coriolis
  • Flow meter design considerations
  • Flow meter selection criteria
  • Flow meter calibration and maintenance overview for liquids and gasses
  • Measurement office organization options
  • Measurement data handling and editing – general overview for liquids and gases
  • Measurement auditing and troubleshooting
  • Ethical conduct
  • Litigation avoidance
  • Safety – always the prime consideration
  • Questions and comments, etc….

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

8:00 – 8:30 a.m. :: Continental Breakfast

8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. :: Course Timing

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. :: Group Luncheon

Morning Session


Measurement of Liquids

  • Crude oil, gas liquids, and other hydrocarbon liquids addressed individually and as broken down by viscosity, density, volatility, relative density and API gravity
  • Applicable flow meters for the various liquids and their selection
  • Flow meter station design considerations
  • Flow meter station fabrication
  • Flow meter flow calibration, inspection, and required documentation
  • Flow meter station delivery, installation, and commissioning
  • Secondary metering equipment selection, installation, and initial field testing
  • Liquid flow computers
  • Liquid sampling and composition determination
  • Liquid flow calculations including standard conditions and pressure, volume, and temperature corrections
  • Communication and data collection equipment installation and initial testing and commissioning
  • Flow meter station operation and maintenance

Afternoon Session


Measurement of Natural Gas

  • Types of natural gas
  • Applicable flow meters and their selection
  • Flow meter station design considerations
  • Flow meter station fabrication, inspection, and required documentation
  • Flow meter station delivery, installation, and commissioning
  • Secondary metering equipment selection, installation, and initial field testing
  • Natural gas flow computers
  • Natural gas sampling and composition determination
  • Natural gas flow calculations including standard conditions, pressure base, temperature base, compressibility, and other factors used in square root meters, linear flow meters, and mass flow meters
  • Communication and data collection equipment installation and initial testing and commissioning.
  • Flow meter station operation and maintenance
  • Questions and comments, etc….

Instructor

Steve Stark is an independent counselor, advisor, consultant, coach, and teacher with many decades experience measuring natural gas, crude oil, and hydrocarbon liquids.  Before forming Stark & Associates, Inc. in 1997, he managed the Measurement Technology Group with Williams Midstream and before that was Measurement Manger of Williams Natural Gas Co.  Steve has served on many standards-writing committees of the American Petroleum Institute, American Gas Association, Gas Processors Association and others.  He has served as Chairman for activities of the Southern Gas Association and the Gas Research Institute.  He has served on the Board of Trustees, Executive Committee and General Committee of the International School of Hydrocarbon Measurement where he founded and was the first Chairman of the ISHM Scholarship Fund in 1997 which today awards many thousands of dollars annually to deserving students. 

Steve earned the American Gas Association Award of Merit in October 2006; the Laurance Reid Award in 2011 for outstanding contributions to hydrocarbon measurement and control; and the American Petroleum Institute 35-year Service Award in 2016.  In 2013, Steve was honored with Emeritus Membership to the American Petroleum Institute Committee on Petroleum Measurement and for many years had enjoys ex-Officio status with the American Gas Association Transmission Measurement Committee.  He holds three U.S. patents all relating to flow measurement and works regularly on new ideas.

Location

EUCI Office Building Conference Center

4601 DTC Blvd, B-100

Denver CO, 80237

 

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