Cooling Water System

Industrial production processes need cooling waters to operate efficiently and safely. Refineries, steel mills, petrochemical manufacturing plants, electric utilities and paper mills all rely heavily on equipment or processes that require efficient temperature control. Cooling water systems control these temperatures by transferring heat from hot process fluids into cooling water. As this happens, the cooling water itself gets hot. Before it can be used again, it must either be cooled or replaced by a fresh supply of cool water

The cooling system on a platform is designed to provide all process and utility cooling for the entire platform

This course provides the basic knowledge for the safe operation, and management of equipment associated cooling water systems in oil and gas plants/platforms. The course emphasizes the extreme importance of theses systems on the safe and efficient operation of the entire plant.

  • Agenda
  • Audience
  • Technical Information

Day 1

System overview

    • Terms and Definitions
    • Flow diagram
    • Types of Cooling Processes
      • Dry
      • Evaporative

Cooling Towers

    • Cooling Tower Principles
    • Cooling Tower Performance
    • Cooling Tower Effectiveness
    • Cooling Tower Types
      • Counter-flow v/s Cross-flow
    • Cooling Tower Capacity
    • Cooling Tower Materials and components
    • Cooling Tower Testing


Day 2

Cooling Water Pumps

    • Types
    • Noise and vibration
    • Makeup water

Cooling Water Treatment

    • Cycles of concentration
    • Chemical Treatment
      • Corrosion
      • Fouling
      • Biological Problems
      • Bleed off
    • Cooling water conservation

Participants will gain an understanding of Instrument and Utility Air Systems in order to comprehend the operation and maintenance of the equipment associated with these systems.


Day 3

System overview (Glycol - cooling)

    • System flow diagram
    • Cooling Medium Circulation Pumps
    • Cooling medium coolers
    • Cooling Circuit Distribution
    • Tempered Circuit Distribution
    • Expansion Drum
    • Make-up sump
    • Drains Header
    • Pump, pressure and temperature control
      • Primary
      • Tempered
    • Routine operation
    • ESD concerns

System overview (Seawater- cooling)

    • System flow diagram – general description
    • Pumps and intake systems
    • Coarse Strainers
    • Distribution
    • Normal operation
    • ESD concerns

Participants will gain an understanding of cooling water system operation on typical oil and gas platforms in order to comprehend the normal operation and maintenance of the equipment associated with these systems.

This course is mainly targeted to process operators, process technologists laboratory and maintenance personnel. The course can also be applicable to employees working with equipment and materials purchasing, equipment procurement, job planning as well as immediate supervisors to the working technicians.

Discipline:    Process operations

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:       3 days

Skills Needed to
Take Course (pre-requisites):
    Participants should have some recent exposure to oil and gas facility terminology.