CME8022 : Hydrocarbon Production and Process Engineering

Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


To acquire knowledge of how hydrocarbons are extracted from the earth
To understand how hydrocarbon properties are related to pressure and temperature and process equipment affects these properties.
To understand single phase and multiphase fluid flow in pipes.
To acquire knowledge of upstream processing operations.

This module is a comprehensive introduction to Hydrocarbon Production and upstream processing. This includes sections on the extraction of hydrocarbons from the earth, their transport through pipelines and processing. Industrial practice and the theory underlying these operations will be covered.

Outline Of Syllabus

Equations of state and their relationship to the physical properties of hydrocarbons
Flow Processes
Properties of multi-component mixtures
Single-phase gas and liquid hydrocarbon flow in pipelines
Multi-phase flow phenomena in pipelines including slugs
Heat transfer
Wax, hydrates and corrosion, Chemical treatment for flow modification of heavy oils
Hydrocarbon dew point control, Gas and liquid de-hydration
CO2 and H2S removal
Pumps and compressors
Optimisation/field development
SCADA, pressure protection and leak detection

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion115:0015:00Assessment preparation
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion12:002:00Exam
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion112:0012:00Exam revision
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture122:0024:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical12:002:00Industrial design software
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching121:0012:00Tutorials
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study331:0033:00Review lecture material and prepare for small group teaching
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures are used to give the students knowledge of hydrocarbon extraction, transportation and processing systems and to set tutorial problems.
Tutorials to assist the students with understanding of theoretical aspects.
Practical to illustrate industrial design software.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1202A75N/A
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Design/Creative proj2M25Process Design assessment. Set week 4, Semester 2.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The exam assesses the students knowledge of hydrocarbon production, transportation and processing, as well as their ability to solve simplified chemical engineering design problems.

The two phase flow lab tests their understanding of multi-phase gas-liquid flows

The design assignment tests their ability to solve a complex process design problem and to compare approximate hand calculations with computer simulation results.

Reading Lists