Oil Stabilization Systems

The stabilization process is basically a form of partial distillation which sweetens "sour" crude oil (removes the hydrogen sulfide) and reduces vapor pressure, thereby making the crude safe for shipment in tankers. Stabilizers maximize production of valuable hydrocarbon liquids while making the liquids safe for storage and transport and reducing atmospheric emissions of volatile hydrocarbons. Stabilizer plants are used to reduce the volatility of stored crude oil and condensate.

In this course participants will learn about the stabilization process, the equipment in the system and how the stabilization system operates.

Participants will be exposed to the control parameters in the stabilization process. They will become familiar with the process variables and chemical composition of the fluids that are involved in the stabilization process.

  • Agenda
  • Audience
  • Technical Information

Day 1
Oil Stabilization Process and Equipment

  • Introduction
  • Oil Stabilization Equipment
    • Stabilizer Tower
    • Stabilizer Trays
    • Stabilizer Packing
    • Stabilizer Reboiler
    • Stabilizer Cooler
    • Stabilizer Reflux System
    • Stabilizer Feed Cooler
    • Stabilizer Heater
  • Stabilizer Design Considerations

On day 1, participants will be exposed to an overview of the oil stabilization process and equipment. The participants will then gain comprehensive knowledge of the purpose, function, configuration and application of oil stabilization equipment. They will also gain basic knowledge of stabilizer design considerations.

Day 2
Oil Stabilization System

  • Oil Stabilization Process Example
    • Process Description
    • Mechanical Equipment
    • Process Control
    • Process Safety Systems
    • HSE Considerations
    • Potential Upset Scenarios
On day 2, participants will gain comprehensive knowledge of the safe and efficient operation of a two-phase separator stabilization process using an actual example of a world-scale crude oil separation and treatment facility. This presentation will reinforce the application of concepts and fundamentals learned in the first day of instruction and will include the review and study of actual process flow diagrams (PFD), process and instrumentation drawings (P&ID) as well as mechanical drawings.

This course is mainly targeted to process technicians, process technologists and 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:    Skill

Course Version:      0

Length:       2 days

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