Pipeline Operation and Maintenance

This course provides the necessary knowledge for the participants to demonstrate the principle of Operations and Maintenance in a Mechanical and Technological Environment relating to Pipeline Operation and Maintenance and associated Equipment.

This course has been designed to provide a basic understanding of maintenance procedures including related operation of Pipelines and their associated equipment.  The trainee will learn operation and maintenance procedures related to Pipelines, maintenance techniques based on the Preventive and Planned Maintenance needed to provide a safe and environmentally protected operation.  This will provide the technician with this knowledge aiding them in assisting in advanced procedures as well as further training in this field of mechanical knowledge.  

The purpose of this course is to provide the learners with an understanding of the technology and its applications at a Mechanical Technician’s level, developing confident and professional enthusiasm, therefore, increasing the safe and productive efficiency that will come through this training.

  • Agenda
  • Audience
  • Technical Information

The following Topics will be covered allowing the Technician a much stronger understanding of the Operation and Maintenance of Machinery and Equipment in the Petroleum Industry
The course will begin with a review of the course outline and the daily activities scheduled for each day.

Day 1 – Identification

  • Describe the properties and characteristics of Gas and Petroleum Products
    • State
      • Liquid
        • Cryogenic
        • Atmospheric
      • Gas
    • Flash Point
    • Pour Point
    • Specific gravity
    • Heating value
    • Flammability
    • Combustion process

Day 2 – Identification (cont’d)

  • Define terminology relating to Gas Piping.
    • Gas Piping
    • Shut-off valves
    • Relief Valves
    • Pipe Strain
    • Riser
    • Piping extension
    • Concealed piping
    • Flexible connector

Day 3 – Regulatory Guidelines

  • Describe safe gas piping practices and procedures.
    • Pipeline Codes and Regulations
    • Transportation and storage of Gas Cylinders.
    • Materials
    • Pipe coating
    • Prohibited practices
    • Limitations at certain locations

Day 4 – Installation and Maintenance

  • Describe the factors that determine the correct pipe sizing for gas systems over 2 PSI
    • Installations.
    • length of pipe
    • allowable pressure loss
    • system capacity
    • specific gravity of gas
    • number and type of fittings
  • Describe the purpose and operation of gas venting.
    • gravity or natural venting
    • spillage
    • combustion process
    • carbon monoxide
    • power venting and fan assisted

Day 5 – Installation and Maintenance (cont’d)

  • Installation and Maintenance
    • Gas Phase Return Piping
    • Discharge Piping
    • Relief Valves
    • Suction Piping
    • Reaming
    • Threading
    • Bushings
    • Brazing
    • Joint compounds
    • Gasket material
    • Grades
    • Supports Outlets
    • Concealed piping
    • Pipe Identification

 The trainee will spend time learning different installation and maintenance techniques with respect to Piping Operation and Maintenance.  The trainee will be instructed on different piping equipment as well as different components associated with the pipeline.  To better understand the importance of Piping Operation and Maintenance the Trainee must understand the science that is involved in the design and composition of the Pipeline Operation.

This course is mainly targeted to Mechanical Technicians in Oil and Gas industry working in the field as an introduction or refresher.

The course can also be applicable to employees working with equipment purchasing, procurement, storage, and job planning as well as immediate supervisors to the working technicians.

Discipline:       Mechanical Technician

Delivery type:   Classroom

Provider:      TPL

Possible Instructors:   Fully qualified and certified TPL instructor with a minimum of 15 years instructor experience to international delegates in client or offsite locations.

Level:    Foundation

Course Version:        0

Length:     5 days

Skills Needed to
Take Course (pre-requisites):
    Anyone taking this course should have at least six months of exposure to an oil & gas facility.  The trainees attending this course should have previously attended the Pipes and Valves Program which include Pipe Fitting and Valves Maintenance.  This course will also be necessary for the technician to better understand the pumping process and all related theories.