Surface Production Operations, Volume 1: - 2nd Edition - ISBN: 9780884158219, 9780080518213

Surface Production Operations, Volume 1:

2nd Edition

Design of Oil-Handling Systems and Facilities

Authors: Ken Arnold Maurice Stewart
eBook ISBN: 9780080518213
Imprint: Gulf Professional Publishing
Published Date: 30th March 1998
Page Count: 444


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In this new edition, experts Arnold and Stewart share their many years of in-the-field and class-room experience. Each chapter has been updated with the latest industry information. You will find new sections on:

  • Oil-and-water separation
  • Offshore-platform considerations
  • Factors affecting oil-and-gas separation
  • Potential operating problems
  • Scrubbers
  • Re-entrainment
  • Drain systems
  • Hydrocyclones
  • Multiphase pumps
  • Reciprocating pump operations
  • Water droplet size

New figures, photos, charts, and tables consolidate hours of details into “at-a-glance” illustrations. Example problems accompany the update text. With this volume’s clear presentation, you will understand the basic concepts and techniques needed to DESIGN, SPECIFY, and OPERATE oilfield surface production facilities. This manual carefully describes the equipment and processes commonly used in oil-water separating and treating systems. It also shows you how to select the appropriate piping and pumping systems. The authors’ insights and practical suggestions help you understand the art and science of handling produced liquids. With this reference in hand, you can organize the project with a better grasp of the complex parameters needed to design and operate an efficient production facility.

Table of Contents

The production facility. Choosing a process. Fluid properties. Two-phase oil and gas separation. Oil and water separation. Crude oil treating systems. Produced-water treating systems. Pressure drop in piping. Choosing a line size and wall thickness. Pumps. Centrifugal pumps. Reciprocating pumps. Organizing the project.


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About the Author

Ken Arnold

Ken Arnold is the founder and former president of Paragon Engineering Services, Houston, Texas. He has more that 40 years of experience in the operations and project management. He is actively involved in production facility design. He has served on numerous SPE, API, and government advisory committees as an expert on oil handling, produced-water treating, and safety aspects producing operations.

Affiliations and Expertise

Senior Technical Advisor, WorleyParsons Group

Maurice Stewart

Dr. Maurice Stewart, PE, a Registered Professional Engineer with over 40 years international consulting experience in project management; designing, selecting, specifying, installing, operating, optimizing, retrofitting and troubleshooting oil, water and gas handling, conditioning and processing facilities; designing plant piping and pipeline systems, heat exchangers, pressure vessels, process equipment, and pumping and compression systems; and leading hazards analysis reviews and risk assessments.

Affiliations and Expertise

President, Stewart Training Company


"As a Process Engineer, working in both operations and design in the upstream oil industry, it is pleasing to find a text that finally covers all the unit operations you are likely to encounter in oil processing. The book is an easy read that doesn't get weighed down in first principles. This means that you can quickly get the information you require and have confidence in your decisions. It's a must for anyone working in the industry, especially those who may be offshore, I always have my copy with me." - Ed Pickering

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